A prairie grain shortline on four former CPR subs. in
Saskatchewan that started up in September 2000.
On Tuesday October 9th. 2012 GWR ran a 121 car train west
from Assiniboia. The crew was ordered for 0900 however, with the huge
amount of switching involved building their train, time marched on and
it became afternoon. At 1355 they finally had everything together and
were pulling. The power for the day was ex BNSF B40-8W's GWRS 575, 563
(acq. 2/2011 ex BNSF nee ATSF 575, 563 GE 46921, 46909 3/1992) and GWR
M420's 2000 and 2004. Train chasing was looking much more favourable.
GWR purchased a caboose at the beginning of May 2012 from
Progress Rail in Minneapolis, MN. Ex CP 434411 now numbered GWRS 1962.
Evidently Progress was using it for an office and the street address was
1962, so we now have GWRS 1962. It will be utilized between Shaunavon
and Dollard (one station west of Shaunavon) where GWR loads crude oil.
The caboose will facilitate the movement of empties and loads between
the two stations and eliminate running around the cars.
GWRS 1962 There is no mistaking the heritage of this ex CP saddleback caboose. 434411
1962 looking pretty normal on the rear of this freight train.
Push and pull, loads and empties, spotting crude oil tanks
to the Dollard Transload to load Bakken oil.
Great Western 2002 and 2000 near M.105 Shaunavon Sub.
Instow, SK with a westbound train of empty covered hoppers
Great Western 2001 2000 acq. 4/2001 thru NRE (D) from
Cape Cod Central Gordon J. Strathdee
Great Western Railway (Saskatchewan) = GWRS
Note the standard MLW trucks under the unit nee Providence
& Worcester 2002
Two views: 2002 7/16/2008 Assiniboia
2003 acq. 2/2008 ex LSRC 3571, ex KPR 3571, ex CN 3571 nee 2571 M-420 MLW M6092-12 1977
2004 acq. 2/2008 ex LSRC 3563, KPR 3563, CN 3563 nee 2563:1st.
M-420 MLW 6092-04 1976
Note incorrect reporting marks WGRS on both 2003 and 2004 when shipped from Lake States RR.
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