Interesting Locos

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Dave Flinn, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

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    This afternoon, on our way back from the Kitchener Train Show, Spitfire and I stopped at the Kitchener station to take some photos. Out on the track, we saw this combination of locomotives. I thought it was an interesting assortment of both colors and reporting marks. I would appreciate any information anyone can provide to fill in the blanks.

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  2. Dave Flinn

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    More Questions

    Here are a couple more pix of the "mystery" locos at Kitchener.

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  3. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    They're just lease units, eh. The last one looks like it belongs (or did belong) to RailAmerica. Is there a shortline in town?
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Great Pictures Dave.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    They're the locomotives of the Goderich and Exeter Railway. GER runs (owns?) the ex-CN lines from London to Georgetown and from Stratford to Goderich. Part of Railamerica, They use an assortment of used locos, with a wild assortment of paint schemes. If you're lucky, you'll see two the same in a train.
    They usually run a train in early afternoon eastbound and it continues past Georgetown onto the CN lines and I think it ends up at Macmillan yard in north Toronto.
  6. spitfire

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    It was a very interesting consist, that's for sure. Here are some more pix from today.

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  7. spitfire

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    A couple more shots.

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  8. Dave Flinn

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    Thanks to everyone for information, both here and elsewhere. I've gotten lots of answers and have maybe even learned something <G>
  9. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    I like the font chosen for the number on that yellow 2236!
  10. LoudMusic

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    They look like they're all vastly different GPs. Do you know which model each of them are?
  11. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    The 2236 looks to be a former UP. The 4046 has the UP shield on one of the doors, and with that paint is probably a briefly U.P. owned ex C&NW.
  12. LongIslandTom

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    The RailAmerica unit looks like a GP35 (the presence of the smaller 36" fan on the radiator section is a clue).

    The center unit looks like a GP40 (no water sight glass, squared-off rear cab roof says it's a non-Dash-2 GP40).

    The LLPX unit is a GP38-2. By the way, that GP38-2 has an interesting history-- It was a former Long Island Railroad unit. It originally had no dynamic brakes, and it had no front plow (had a Chessie System curved bumper instead). LLPX bought it, rebuilt it with dynamic brakes, and put on a UP-style front plow and gave it a quasi UP paint scheme. This is how the unit used to look:

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  13. Triplex

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    And an early one, from the looks of the radiators.
  14. KCS

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    Well, the firt is an EX UP unit and the second looks to me to be the Reading line colors so I'm thinking it's an EX Reading locomotive. As for the third one, well I've seen one in the same colors myself but had no lettering, just numbers.
  15. LongIslandTom

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    Actually, LLPX #2236 was never a UP locomotive. Locomotive Leasing Partners (LLPX) just painted their locos that way.

    LLPX #2236 was a former Long Island Railroad engine, purchased by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority new in 1975 (MTA was the NY State agency that ran the LIRR, Metro North, and NYC Subways). That GP38-2 hauled LIRR commuter trains until 2001, when LIRR got rid of all of its GP38-2s as the new dual-mode DM30ACs came on-line.

    You can tell from the LIRR-specific set of features on that loco-- Square marker light mounts (which remain after they plated over the lights), handrails that do not quite go as low on the steps as engines on most other roads do, jumbo anticlimber on the front, plus the square jacking pad plates.

    I have followed LIRR locos for years, for obvious reasons. :D

    Hope this helps!
  16. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    GEXR roster is listed in the Canadian Trackside Guide. I think everyone should be sold a copy when they cross the border.

    I won't post the full list, but they have 14 active locos and 5 stored. They range from GP7 to GP40, although the GP7s and GP9s are stored. There are also 2 FP9s.