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Preserved diesels

 

Look at the fantastic restoration of these two old retired and long-neglected units. It would be great if they were restored to operation for special events. Alco 244 units have a unique sound.
4090 MLW FA2 1600 hp 79157 10/1953
4469 MLW FB2 1600 hp 79162 9/ 1953

4723 displayed Farnham, Quebec since 1995. M-636 MLW M6031-23 9/1970

4563 M-630 MLW M-6030-10 11/1969

Preserved 12/1995 in operating condition at Exporail.

Two views of 1418 and 1424 GMD FP7A's displayed in a nice park setting near the CPR station in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
These units hauled The Canadian through here for many years. March 20, 2001 Mike McMahon/Al Jaster Collection

Built by General Motors Diesel as 4060 A308 2/52 and 4068 A369 8/52, re-numbered 1418 and 1424 and re-geared from 65 mph to 89 mph for new fast passenger train The Canadian, these "covered wagons" travelled millions of miles across Canada. 1424 was returned 9/65 to 4068 for Montreal suburban (commuter) service. Both were sold 9/28/78 along with other units to VIA Rail Canada; 4068 again became 1424 3/79. They last ran in August and July of 1983 after which they and a number of other F units were retired and bought back c.12/83 by CPR as per original sale agreement. Most were dismantled for parts however, three were saved and put on display including 4038 in Minnedosa, MB. One unit remains in use: 4069/1425 was acquired by the West Coast Railway Association. Story about how these photos got here.

Plaque enlargement


West Coast Railway Association

Squamish, BC

Former CP 4069 FP7 taken in June 2000 at the BC Rail shops in North Vancouver, BC.

The 4069 replaced the CPR 2860 on the Squamish excusrion run since the 2860 was in disrepair while the
CPR 2816 was being overhauled for the CPR in the BC Rail Steamshops.
The CPR 3716 was also not running at this time, thus the 4069 was leased from the WCRA to run this train.
Two photos: Mark Forseille

4069 taken exactly one year later in 2001 is Northbound at Porteau Cove at MP 26.5 of the Squamish Sub.

4069 (ex CPR 1425/4069) shown at the former PGE Squamish BC station now part of the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. It operates on the Whistler Mountaineer of Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. January 15, 2004

CP 4459 F7B in March 1998 at the CP yard in Port Coquitlam, BC on her way to the WCRA Museum.
Mark Forseille

Note: This unit originally preserved in 1983 by APRA (Alberta Railway Museum). A change of collection policy towards CNR equipment saw it go 1988 to display at Museum of the Highwood, High River, AB. When this musuem shut down
it then was acquired in 1997 by WCRA.

 

6503 sold 11/1983 to United Grain Growers in Vancouver.
Part of first order of 6 units (6500-6505) MLW 77638 5/1951
Later preserved at WCRA musuem in Squamish.
Squamish August 10, 2015 Dave Stewart-Candy

8000 first road diesel. (13 unit order 8000-8012) Baldwin/CLC DRS44-1000 73967/2530 12/1948
Retired 6/1975 Part of CP Bygones collection. Disbanded and to WCRA 2/2007


 

6539 MLW 81195 7/1955 retired 1/1983 exchanged for failed 6546 sold 6/1979 to
Kimberley-Clark of Canada, Terrace Bay, Ontario. On display at Schreiber. 5/02/2012

6591 restored in original block lettering. Preserved and operated at RMEO Smiths Falls. October 21, 1994

 

One of the last three (8900 8904 8905) of 21 Canadian Locomotive Company Fairbanks-Morse H24-66 2400 HP 75 MPH Train Master units in use, already retired 6/1976. (Rest assured the CPR got the last mile out of these units, first at Alyth yard and then St.Luc; most had been retired in 1968.) #2922 6/1956 Note: Traction motors from eight Train Masters were
traded-in for use on new MLW units C-630 4500-4507. 8905 has been preserved and is now displayed at Exporail.
Ron Visockis

 

Displayed at the entrance to Heritage Park in Calgary in its original paint scheme.
7019 is a project of The Locomotive and Railway Historical Society of Western Canada.
Photo taken June 2002 by Michael Harle.

NOTE: ALCO S2's cost $115,000 (115 tons) with duties, while new G5 4-6-2's cost $88,000


First diesel preserved

7000 one-of-a-kind first CPR diesel locomotive (first diesel was 9006 self-propelled car 1935)
Harland-Wolff 6 cyl. 600 HP National Steel Car 11/1937
Preserved at CRM/Exporail 9/12/1997 Kermit Geary Jr.


 



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