Ex-B&LE Locomotives Getting CN Colors, Markings

Trains magazine reported Monday that the first former Bessemer & Lake Erie SD40-3 has been repainted into Canadian National colors and markings.

B&LE No. 902 was sent to Quality Rail Services in Venice, Ill., for rebuilding and repainting earlier this spring.

For now, the repainted locomotive has been placed into storage and CN expects other former B&LE SD40-3s will be repainted and rebuilt at Quality Rail Services during 2015.

CN has 11 former B&LE SD40-3s that were rebuilt in 1999 and 2000. They carry roster numbers 900-910.

All are former former Southern Pacific and St. Louis Southwestern SD45T-2 units. Last month CN assigned former Illinois Central SD70s still wearing IC markings to its Bessemer Subdivision in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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