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Government of Ontario

A Brief History


Locomotive gallery

Gallery 1974 inc. Self-propelled cars.

Willowbrook Maintenace Facility

CPR Milton service.

Union Station


Two views coming and going of VIA train using GO equipment due to large quantity of bad order wheels on LRC cars.

 


Stouffville Line

Not the typical branchline passenger service of old.
Once route of the narrow gauge Toronto & Nipissing first opened in 1871.

534 F59PH Stouffville 6/11/1992 Joseph Testagrose Collection


Union Station Rail Corridor

GO work train! Rail King model RK330 their biggest car mover at 26 tons with 33,000 t.e. and Cummins diesel.
Pulling two air dumps RFRX 4018_4011 with ballast near Jarvis Street east of Scott Street tower. 9/27/2012
RFRX = Rick Franklin Corp. a railroad contractor in Oregon!


Lakeshore Line

GO 726 eastbound approaching Bathurst Street on the CN Oakville Subdivision just inside the TTR limits. 7/30/1987
There is a lot of history in this ordinary looking scene. Hidden behind the train beneath the signal gantry was once the location of Cabin D interlocking tower which controlled all train movements on CN and CP lines. Industries that once included the famous Massey-Harris farm machine factory, John Inglis appliances factory and others.

The train itself is interesting for its power. 726 (ex RI 3000, nee 381 EMD 32607 1/1967) is a GP40-2 last of seven units rebuilt from a GP40. The last two of these upgraded rebuilt units were trapped in the bankruptcy of the famous Rock Island road. Chrome Crankshaft acquired the Rock Island's Silvis shops along with these seven units and finished them. GO bought all seven units numbering them 700-726 ex RI 3000-3006 not in order. 726 went into GO service 8/1982.

The B unit is not really a locomotive at all. It is a unique APU unit one of three (800-802) ex NP EMD B units converted to Auxiliary Power Unit with GM 12 cyl diesel engine to provide hotel power to the train. GO already had eleven APCU's converted A units as Auxiliary Power Control Unit used in place of cab control coaches. All were traded in 1993 to GMLG (General Motors Locomotive Group) on new F59PH 562-568 the last of 49 GO units of this model.

726 became GMTX 201 lease unit after being overhauled and modified by Precision National Corp. equipped with dynamic braking, larger fuel tanks and 65 mph gearing. It became LLPX (Locomotive Leasing Partners) 3204 and all were leased 2002 to St. Lawrence & Atlantic 3204. It went off lease April 2004 and returned as LLPX 3204. Where is it now?

Note: EMD and GATX owned LLP 50/50 from start in 1995 until GATX Rail acquired 100% in 12/2004. This brought GATX Rail's lease fleet to 750 units including LLP's 486 units.

St.Lawrence & Atlantic 3204 and 3002 switching in yard Richmond, Quebec. 4/26/2003
This shortline operates the former CN Sherbrooke Subdivision beginning November 1998.


A lot of change in this scene nearly 16 years later than the one at top of page. May 2003 Paul McGrane Collection

F59PH 523 part of a 16 unit $36.5M order (520-535) first of this 3000 hp model custom designed for GO with a
12 cylinder 710G3 and equipped with a separate engine and alternator for HEP. Improved microprocessor control wheelslip increased adhesion from 18% for GP40TC units to 24%. Reduced fuel consumption of 22% due to other improvements.
Capable of handling 10 bi-levels. GMLG (General Motors Locomotive Group) A4748 5/1988.

Article details F59PH

531 with a shorter train coming in on the Weston Subdivision and off the CN Newmarket Subdivision at Parkdale.
One of three Daily except Saturday and Sunday trains from Bradford. May 2003 Paul McGrane Collection

Nine cars behind 548. May 2003 Paul McGrane Collection

Closer look at a F59PH 541 approaching Bathurst Street. May 2003 Paul McGrane Collection


Lightweight coaches and self-propelled cars built by Hawker-Siddeley in Thunder Bay.

C756 and C757 cab control cars on trains laying over at Willowbrook. November 1967 Dave Burroughs

GO train with three self-propelled cars passing through the TTR plant in downtown Toronto.
March 10, 1975 George W. Hamlin

There were nine of these lightweight (48 tons) cars built by Hawker-Siddeley of aluminum in the same style of regular coaches.
Two D700, D701 (RTC-85SPD) double ended cars and seven D702-D708 single ended (RTC-85SP).
Rapid Transit Coach 85' long Self-Propelled Double end. Powered by a single Rolls-Royce 350 hp diesel engine connected to a mechanical transmission. A small GM Harper auxiliary diesel genset provided 575 volt power.

Intended for use during off rush hour service the high ridership caused planned future schedules to be quickly advanced much sooner than it was thought needed. This combined with the changing of train consists from locomotive hauled trains to self-propelled trains and back again as well as mechanical issues with this unique design caused their early demise. They were all converted into cab control cars for the normal locomotive consists and continued in use for many years. Only such cars built.
NOTE: After conversion they were renumbered 9825, 9826 and 9827-9833.

Cab control cars (C750-C757) all prefixed C and include only three numerals compared to four for regular coaches.
They were later renumbered 9850-9857.

Passing by Bathurst Street yard.

Coaches 4700-4753 were renumbered 9900-9945 continuing with 9946-9975 and 9700-9729 totalling 106 cars.


Auxiliary cab control cars built from ONR A units.
GMD V16-149NA 900 hp 6oo kw 575 volts

9861 cab control unit ex ONR 1512 FP7A GMD A383 6/1952
At one time little boys always liked trains.

904 APCU (ex 9862 nee ONR 1513 8/1974 GMD A384 6/1952) leads a short train of single level coaches in Toronto.
8/15/1982 Paul Mc Grane Collection


Leased and lessor units.

Amtrak 230 with San Diegan at Oceanside, California October 21, 1990.
GO 552 and coach 235 demonstrated on Surf Line to promote idea of a commuter line.
Result was Metrolink, an extensive commuter train operation based around Los Angeles.


 

During times of power shortages on CPR some GO units were leased for week-end only use.

GO 511-702-709-5xx near Montreal with Toronto pig train. During power shortages GO units were often rented for the weekend and operated in fast freight service between Windsor and Montreal. Dorion November 11, 1978 Ron Visockis

709-510 with a third unit handles CP piggyback train from Toronto to Montreal
Commuter trains await Monday morning call to duty. .
Dorion,QC Saturday, February 3, 1979. Ron Visockis


 

 

CPR Milton service.

 

 



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