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Trains; for roster photos see Locomotive gallery.

Trains; CP Rail paint scheme thumbnails.

Heritage Trains
Royal Canadian Pacific etc.

S-4 m.u.


8780_8765 old and new paint schemes! Note the DL behind the power. White River Junction 5/28/1972

DL= Dimensionsal Load means over normal dimensions. In this case the length requires multiple flat cars.
Such shipments require special handling including documentation to go with the waybill which the conductor
carries with him, notification to the train dispatcher and possible restrictions to routing, meets with DL's etc.
Speed restrictions and in some cases Daylight Only movement for extreme dimensions.

CP 904 has become B&M 8904 seen here entering yard at White River Junction, Vermont.
August 1967 Ken Patton/Doug Wilson Collection.

Through Ontario this was for decades the hottest train handling only the most important traffic such as meat from Chicago packing houses (re-iced in Lambton), Canada Packers meat products lifted at Lambton and GM Oshawa auto parts set-off. Otherwise, nothing short of Montreal. US traffic was marked "904 Newport".

4073_4074 carrying green have stopped for their portrait just weeks old. Possibly Trenton Sub. 11/15/1952

6623 running "van only" at the moment. Note the backup airhose with its shrill peanut whistle.

Note too the dwarf switch with electric lock controlled by dispatcher and the indicator box
timed for three minute wait before switchman is to operate it with dispatcher's permission.
Such switches are used on mainlines to protect approaching trains.

Hochelaga Yard, Montreal. August 23, 1968

Extra 5023 West with MLW B and A units. Lachine, QC March 23, 1969

Extra 4067 leads 4066 shortly after delivery (8/22/1952) as first two units of a new order. GMD A368 8/1952
Note: 11/1954 re# 1423; 9/1965 re# 4067. Subsequent owner; 9/1978 VIA 4067-4066

4067 (along with 4070) went on to "fame" when it starred in 20th Century Fox's movie Silver Streak!

Extra 8781 with DL (Dimentional Load) behind power. Signs employee family living here
include children's swing set and dog. Also, TV roof antenna. St.Clet, QC March 1970.

904 engine 8793 passing BM_1271 yard engine. White River Jct. Vermont
For decades this was the hottest freight train between
Chicago-Toronto-Montreal-Newport-White River.

8921 with the Transfer westbound at Mile 205.18 of the Belleville Sub. just east of Leaside.
Friday, June 18, 1971 David M. More

Operator L.B.Chapman hooping up orders to No. 90 engine 8784 at Stittville,ON Thursday, July 1, 1965 Bill Linle

Notable Passenger Trains

The Dominion and No.6

See also Riding The Dominion with steam 1951

Expo Limited

The Canadian

The Atlantic Limited

Royal Canadian Pacific
Other heritage trains.

4062-4446 led this special train that was operated over the Victoria Day weekend May 24, 1952. It was run for the benefit of Nicholas Morant, CPR Special photographer. It was stopped and photographed at several locations west of Calgary in order to provide up-to-date photographs for public time tables and brochures. These would replace old steam locomotive hauled trains depicted currently. A 12 car set of matching equipment consisting of lightweight cars with older heavyweight cars on the rear less noticeable. N.R.Crump was Vice President at the time and he approved the special train being run without passengers. The two men in the canoe are not fishing. They are in fact the train's conductor and trainman posing for the photographer with a canoe out of the baggage car! Gap Lake, Alberta with Wind Range of mountains in the background.
This shows the extent the CPR went to in order to keep up its image in the public eye. Truly, a bygone era!

Same train from a different angle.

8900 a brand new Train Master with dynomometer car 62 testing its performance with Number 42 from Montreal.
Saint John, NB July 1955. FM 24 L 861 CLC 2900 6/1955 Delivered 7/13.
J.A.Michaud/Ron Visockis Collection
Note: Michaud worked on car 62.

Note: The test was to see if a single diesel unit of this size could handle the train replacing a K1 class 4-8-4 (Montreal-Megantic) or a G3 4-6-2 steam locomotive beyond. The test results showed a single unit was not capable of handling this heavy a train under all conditions. If running late it would not be able to recover time. The result was two units were assigned, these were MLW FPA2 and FPB2 A and B units.


Eng. 1801 No.152 The Frontenac at North Jct. (Montreal West) enroute Quebec City having just left Windsor Station
(Daily 10.00) with a short consist on a Saturday. November 23, 1968. Ian Stronach

Note the Maintenance of Way Dept. flag and lamp protecting track work.

Here we see 4051 doubleheading with 2856 a Toronto engine. This interesting photograph has no caption or date.
Doubleheading a passenger train was not common especially on Eastern Lines. Nor was mixing steam and diesel common.

7011 with employee train running between Montreal West and Sortin yard. c.late 1940's Ron Ritchie


Two brand new (built 5/1957) MLW RS-18's 8743 and 8742 power the "hot" Pig train leaving Montreal for John Street.
Montreal 1957 CPR/Steve Morris Collection

Piggyback and Expressway
Several articles and galleries



CP Rail

Multimark display train

Introduced June 17,1968. Discontinued September 1987.

Leased power

Heritage equipment
same link as CPR above


CP 9574 West passes over the Fraser River on CN Ashcroft Subdivision directional running trackage.
Fraser River Canyon Cisco bridge. July 5, 2002 Cisco, BC.

5651 stopped in front of the station while another passes by at a higher level.
Lake Louise, AB July 20,1992.

5421 in Dual Flag paint scheme leads 5720 on the D&H. Binghamton, NY 8/20/1994

5421 (Ex 676 nee KCS 676) EMD SD40-2 756155-2 8/1976

Subsequent owner; PRSX 5421, ALL 9481 in Brazil.

5682 leads three other units on D&H. Binghamton, NY. Circa. 2/1991

1865_4742 and a GTI unit on D&H. Binghamton, NY 9/03/1994

Extra 8768 West with 1810_8734 returning empty ballast hoppers off D&H to former Hilton Mines quarry
near Bristol, QC on the Waltham Sub. passing through Dorval suburban station. 7/16/1983 Donald Albertson

Map Waltham Sub. Hilton Mine, Franceschini Pit, etc.

Last MLW's! 4210_1837_1838_4216_4230 westbound with 921-20 from Montreal to Windsor.
Smiths Falls 1000 hours Saturday June 20, 1998.

Note: Three units worked back to Montreal on separate trains while 1838_4216 returned dead on 926.

Note 2: 1837_4210_4230 continued working the Hochelaga Transfer
until ALL MLW power ended 2359 July 7, 1998. LBC


5102 leads local train G71 back into La Crosse just west of the Black River bridge, with well over 150 cars.
Big train for a local! La Crosse, WI 8/18/2020 Note the car mover in right background.

5102 ex 6040 SD40-2 GMD A4303 3/1983

Note: 5100-5109 SD40-3 renumbered 2017-18. Equipped for remote control.

7001 leads unit ethanol train into La Crosse just west of the Black River bridge. 8/18/2020

7001 SD70MACu rebuilt 2019 Progress Rail (GM). SD90MAC 9104 GMD 976842-5 10/1998

8027_8063:2nd westbound empty ethanol train CSX K635 under an old New York Central
signal bridge on the Rochester Subdivision. Gates, NY October 3, 2018

8000_8063 (64 units) GE AC44CWM remanufactured 2018.
8027:2nd_8063:2nd ex 9574, 9540 built 1995.

9678 westbound with coal train on CN Directional Running track shown here on newer double track extension.
Original CN track over Stoyoma Creek. After a crew change in Boston Bar, BC train will continue on to
Roberts Bank for export. September 2001 Bill Edgar. Note: Drectional Running on CP is eastbound.

9500-9582 (83) built 1995 and 9583-9683 (101) built 1997-8 GE AC4400CW 4400 HP


AM Road" 4070 and 4067 with the Silver Streak during filming of 1976 comedy-thriller movie by the same name.
It involved a train trip across America from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Fictional AM Road was created when Amtrak refused use of its name.
Calgary L.B.Chapman Collection

Note: Filming was done at various locations including in Alberta as well as at Toronto Yard,
along the Havelock Subdivision and at Union Station where the runaway wreck scene took place.
All-in-all this was an enjoyable movie, not too far fetched. Richard Pryor provided much of the comedy.

This was the only time CP's Budd built stainless steel equipment was used for a movie.



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