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Canadian National Railways

GMD-1 1200 hp A-1-A and B-B

Unique Canada-only model of light roadswitchers designed specifically for use on light CNR branchlines.
78 units (1000-1077) had A-1-A trucks. 18 units (1900-1917) were built with normal B-B wheel arrangement, originally geared for 89 mph and equipped with steam generators these units were later re-geared to 65 mph for freight service.

1000 A-1-A trucks and equipped with mountain lights. GMD A1420 8/1958 Deerholme, VI 5/31/1965 Peter Cox

Port Mann BC September 14, 1980 Claude Prutton/Mark Forseillie Collection

1002 passing Toronto Municipal Abattoir at foot of Niagara Street eastbound towards Bathurst Street in Toronto.

1070 part of last order (1068-1077) GMD A1885 4/1960 Bud Laws Collection

Modified 1983-1990 46 units with Flexicoil B-B trucks off retired GP9 units.

1153 (ex 1053 2/1987) GMD A1750 10/1959 Brandon, MB August 1992 Jim Booth

1900-1917 passenger units equipped with steam generator and 89 mph gearing.

1913 and 1904 with Hamilton commuter train arriving in Toronto one of two trains just one year away from discontinuance.
This is likely No.920 with 12 coaches. No. 922 was a single unit and three coaches.

Only one train operated on Saturday. Last public time table effective April 30, 1967.

Effective May 23, 1967 GO Transit would begin train operations between Oakville and Toronto.
It would be some years later before GO buses connected Hamilton with Toronto and many more years before GO trains did.

1905 view from rear shows steam generator stack behind cab. Spadina 4/10/1971
G.H.Landau/Joseph Testagrose Collection

1911-1904-1907 proof there is a working steam generator!
Niagara Falls 4/18/1967 Jack Swanberg/Joseph Testagrose Collection

1911-1913 showing detail of front end. Spadina 4/10/1971
G.H.Landau/Joseph Testagrose Collection

1915 equipped with B-B trucks. GMD A1589 1/1959 Thunder Bay 2/21/1994

Rebuild program. 1600-1614 A-1-A GMD 12-645C 26L 120 tons 30% t.e. short hood leading

1611-1610-1604 working on a branchline in Tilney, SK. 7/15/1993 J.S.Kozma/Joseph Testagrose Collection


1400-1423 (24 units) Remanufactured 1989 PSC 12-645C 1200 HP 124 tons

1412 (ex 1042) GMD A1705 2/1959

1430-1444 (15) ex 1600-1614 1998-2000

1431 (ex 1601 nee 1025) short hood forward. Brockville 1/2001 Jack McNeil/Joseph Testagrose Collection


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