Posts Tagged ‘Canadian National locomotives’

Working for Conrail at the Time

July 30, 2021

At the time this image was made, this Canadian National unit was leased to Conrail. It is working in Stanley Yard in Toledo on Oct. 14, 1977.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

GTW Heritage Unit Visits Northeast Ohio

July 26, 2021

I met Jeff Troutman in Perry on Sunday evening to catch CSX ethanol train K614. There were three other railfans there as well. What was special about his train is that it was led by Canadian National 8952, the Grand Trunk Western heritage unit. It passed through just after 7 p.m.

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Eastbound and Westbound in Akron

July 9, 2021

Both images above were made in Akron the CSX New Castle Subdivision on the morning of June 16, 2021. The top image shows an eastbound while the bottom image has a westbound with Canadian National motive power.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2021

Old glory waves in the breeze from a bridge in Paxton, Illinois, over the Chicago Subdivision of Canadian National, formerly the Illinois Central.

Shown is a southbound CN auto rack train whose consist also had a few boxcars of, perhaps, auto parts.

The train was captured on July 3, 2021, during a holiday weekend. The train had slowed here for a possible meet with a northbound, but the dispatcher elected to move the meet to the next siding to the south at Rantoul.

Yeah its Trailing But Look What its Trailing

May 9, 2021

In my perfect world the first Canadian National heritage locomotive I would see and photograph would be ET44AC No. 3008 on the point of a southbound on the former Illinois Central mainline in east central Illinois.

As it turned out my first CN heritage unit was the 3008 and it was running on the ex-IC in east central Illinois. But it was trailing and headed northward.

What’s special about the 3008? It’s the Illinois Central heritage locomotive.

Yeah, my first sighting of it was as a trailing unit, but just look at what it is trailing. No. 3008 was assigned as the third of three units pulling train A407, the daily Centralia, Illinois, to Kirk Yard in Gary, Indiana, job.

In recent months this train has typically operated with former IC SD70 units, many of them still in their IC “death star” livery.

So what we had on Saturday, May 1, was a pair of original IC SD70s, Nos. 1028 and 1001, both wearing their “death star” look teamed up with a “death star” IC heritage unit.

This begs the question of which of these units is the heritage unit.

The 3008 could have been the leader on the A407. It’s nose was facing north. I would later learn that the 3008 was removed from the A407 in Champaign and put on another northbound train as a leader.

I don’t know if working with original IC units is a first for the 3008. CN heritage units are allowed to roam the CN system, which is quite vast so the 3008 will be matched with a wide range of CN motive power.

Whatever the case, this motive power consist was one instance in which I didn’t mind all that much that the heritage unit was trailing. Three out of five isn’t a bad day’s work in railroad photography.

First Day of May Delights

May 6, 2021

Nice weather for the first day of May 2021 has railroad photographs out to catch what they could find in Northeast Ohio. Here are a trio of images made on the CSX New Castle Subdivision west of Akron.

In the top image, a Canadian National SD75I leads train Q276 around the curve in downtown Warwick on the single track segment.

In the middle we see AC44CW No. 402 on the point of an eastbound in Barberton.

Finally, GP40-2 No. 6415 sits in Warwick at a new fueling facility. This unit is stored here between runs of local D750. The apparatus visible toward the rear of the locomotive is a plug in for the crankcase heater.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

CN to Order 75 New Locomotives

April 28, 2021

Anticipating traffic growth, Canadian National has ordered 75 locomotives for delivery over the next year.

CN is the first Class 1 railroad thus far this year to order new motive power.

Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly said the locomotive order is not related to CN’s efforts to acquire Kansas City Southern.

“It’s really based on growth and growth prospects we see over the next 12 to 24 months,” he said. “In terms of timing, we expect to get roughly 25 of those here in the second half of this year, the other 50, first half of next year.”

Reilly said CN could speed up the pace of accepting new locomotives if traffic volume growth exceeds expectations.

The Montreal-based carrier expects traffic to grow between 7 percent and 9 percent this year.

“As we see growth coming, we want to be prepared for it,” said CN CEO JJ Ruest. “We want to be able to move the economy and do our part to enable the recovery post COVID.”

CN did not say which manufacturer will receive the locomotive order.

The last new locomotives CN acquired were part of a 200-unit order placed in December 2017.

The last of those were 60 ES44AC units built in September 2018.

Finding a ‘Friend’ in a Box of Slides

January 29, 2021

Sometimes you find a “friend.” in a box of slides. I went to a Canadian National box of slides and found this slide of CN 6777 taken by an unknown photographer on July 4, 1971. No. 677 is a westbound Rapido train west of Belleville, Ontario. Why is this an old friend? No. 677 has been on the nearby Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad since the 1990s.

Photograph Provided by Robert Farkas

It Just Looks Like Fall

November 11, 2020

My day of railfanning in east central Illinois was winding down as I drove north on Interstate 57.

As I crossed the Canadian National tracks at Pesotum I looked to the north and saw a headlight of a southbound in the distance on the former Illinois Central mainline.

There was time for one more train. I got off the interstate and drove into town, parking next to a former IC passenger station in a park that is bisected by the CN Champaign Subdivision.

There was still some fall color left, although much of it was muted. Still, that color combined with the fallen leaves gave the appearance of autumn.

Being late afternoon, the some sunlight was being blocked by a line of trees on the west side of the track that resulted in shadows being cast over the rails.

Yet the resulting shadows in their own way showed that it was late day and created visual tension in the scene.

The image above showed the most sunlight on the nose of the lead CN locomotive.

The muted colors, the light and shadows, the leaves on the ground all combine to say “it looks like fall.”

Had this been my last image of the day I would have been quite pleased with it.

But it would turn out that I still had one more train to catch and it would yield what might have been my favorite photograph of a day that had been, overall, quite productive and enjoyable.

You’ll see that image tomorrow.

When Stanley Yard Still Had a Hump

January 23, 2020

I’ve only photographed Stanley Yard in Toledo once and that was one of those outings where I was out to get one thing and happened to get a few others along the way.

Stanley was built by the Toledo & Ohio Central in the early 1900s and later served New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail. It is now owned by CSX.

CSX tried closing Stanley in early 2004 but had to reopen it when the freight congestion in nearby yards became too much.

In March 2017 CSX closed the hump at Stanley, which can be seen above although at the time I was there it was idle.

At right is a Canadian National transfer run that is arriving off the former Toledo Terminal on May 13 2012.