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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/1980 - 10/14/2015
Album Info:For a long time Canadian National had several subsidiary railroads in the US-DW&P, GTW, Central Vermont were the historic entries into the US market. They would sell the CV and the line to Portland ME, but acquire others, extending their reach to, of all places, Louisiana and Mississippi. This album encompasses all the CN roads during, and prior to, CN ownership. Includes B&LE, IC, WC, GTW, and CV.
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CV Alcos
Title:  CV Alcos
Description:  A pair of Central Vermont RS 11s waits for duty at White River Jct
Photo Date:  8/8/1981  Upload Date: 2/17/2013 3:20:57 AM
Location:  White River Junction, VT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CV 3602(RS11) CV 3601(RS11)
Views:  546   Comments: 0
One of the two last Alco switchers on the CV
Title:  One of the two last Alco switchers on the CV
Description:  One of only two Alco switchers left on the Central Vermont works at the big yard just west of White River Jct.
Photo Date:  8/15/1981  Upload Date: 10/29/2011 3:43:25 AM
Location:  White River Jct., VT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CV 8081(S4)
Views:  463   Comments: 1
Untouched GM&O
Title:  Untouched GM&O
Description:  In October 1982 I went to Chicago for a trade show. It started on Monday, and I had some time to spend over the weekend. One place I went was Homewood, south of the city, to check out the IC. This unit was in the middle on a three unit set leading a northbound train into the yard. Still in full GM&O ten years after the merger.
Photo Date:  10/9/1982  Upload Date: 1/15/2012 11:51:21 PM
Location:  Homewood, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  GMO 713(GP38)
Views:  394   Comments: 0
Paducah rebuilds
Title:  Paducah rebuilds
Description:  A pair of Paducah rebuilds lead a northbound train toward Markham yard. The trailing unit was a surprise.
Photo Date:  10/9/1982  Upload Date: 6/6/2014 3:26:54 AM
Location:  Homewood, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 8181(GP10) ICG 8199(GP10) GMO 713(GP38)
Views:  349   Comments: 0
Road power
Title:  Road power
Description:  CN road power at the Grand Trunk yard in Portland waits for its departure on train 393 later in the day.
Photo Date:  10/22/1983  Upload Date: 11/25/2013 12:53:52 AM
Location:  Portland, ME
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 2567(M420W) CN 2536(M420W) CN 2524(M420W) CV 3607(RS11)
Views:  700   Comments: 0
Early morning at the yard
Title:  Early morning at the yard
Description:  Portland yard has an array of equipment on the morning of Oct 22 1983, including a set of M420s and a couple of RS11s, which unfortunately were not in good spots for photography.
Photo Date:  10/22/1983  Upload Date: 11/25/2013 12:49:27 AM
Location:  Portland, ME
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  CV 3605(RS11)
Views:  397   Comments: 2
Orange and white
Title:  Orange and white
Description:  I shot this from the southbound Crescent rolling through Meridian. This day there was a fair bunch of ICG power in the yard there.
Photo Date:  3/7/1984  Upload Date: 5/17/2014 3:51:28 AM
Location:  Meridian, MS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  ICG 3028(GP40) ICG 8701(GP11)
Views:  229   Comments: 0
Simple scheme
Title:  Simple scheme
Description:  ICG in later years tried several variations of paint on its power. This is one of the simple-inexpensive-attempts.
Photo Date:  3/7/1984  Upload Date: 5/17/2014 4:02:43 AM
Location:  Meridian, MS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  ICG 8701(GP11) ICG 9572(GP38-2) ICG 8701(GP11) ICG 9572(GP38-2)
Views:  431   Comments: 0
Faded glory
Title:  Faded glory
Description:  This ICG unit has not seen a paint shop in a while.
Photo Date:  3/7/1984  Upload Date: 5/17/2014 3:59:04 AM
Location:  Meridian, MS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  ICG 9574(GP38-2)
Views:  243   Comments: 0
IC transfer
Title:  IC transfer
Description:  An Illinois Central transfer behind an SW 14 rolls along the New Orleans Public Belt
Photo Date:  3/8/1984  Upload Date: 1/29/2012 2:04:26 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ICG 1463(SW14)
Views:  221   Comments: 0
Transfer on the NOPB
Title:  Transfer on the NOPB
Description:  A rebuilt SW rolls a short train along the New Orleans Public Belt.
Photo Date:  3/8/1984  Upload Date: 5/26/2014 4:37:29 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ICG 1463(SW14)
Views:  182   Comments: 0
ICG lite power
Title:  ICG lite power
Description:  A set of ICG lite power makes its way over the NOPB. Note the second unit, still in full GM&O paint 12 years after the merger.
Photo Date:  3/9/1984  Upload Date: 8/20/2011 2:47:26 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ICG 9627(GP38-2) GMO 635(GP35) ICG 8103(GP10)
Views:  506   Comments: 0
Shop and a turntable
Title:  Shop and a turntable
Description:  This was the scene from the departing Sunset going past the IC yard. Active turntables were becoming uncommon by this time, so it was a surprise to see one.
Photo Date:  3/10/1984  Upload Date: 5/26/2014 4:40:52 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 8251(GP10) ICG 8281(GP10)
Views:  239   Comments: 0
Rebuilds
Title:  Rebuilds
Description:  IC in the late 70s and 80s was not flush with cash, and as a result used a lot of rebuilt older power, done by the world class shop forces at Paducah KY, and those units ran on everything. Here we see a pair with a pig train coming into Chicago.
Photo Date:  3/12/1984  Upload Date: 5/26/2014 4:44:29 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 8037(GP10) ICG 8186(GP10)
Views:  243   Comments: 0
Transfer with a slug
Title:  Transfer with a slug
Description:  IC had a lot of switchers, seemed like I saw them more than their road power. Heres a pair with a slug on a transfer near the Amtrak station in Memphis
Photo Date:  10/2/1984  Upload Date: 8/20/2011 2:45:26 AM
Location:  Memphis, TN
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ICG 1489(SW14) ICG 57(Yard Slug) ICG 1498(SW14) ICG 1489(SW14) ICG 57(Yard Slug) ICG 1498(SW14)
Views:  525   Comments: 0
Working the yard
Title:  Working the yard
Description:  A set of rebuilt geeps works the yard at Fulton KY
Photo Date:  10/2/1984  Upload Date: 8/20/2011 2:49:22 AM
Location:  Fulton, KY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 8271(GP10) ICG 8157(GP10)
Views:  406   Comments: 0
DT&I unit
Title:  DT&I unit
Description:  The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton had een absorbed a couple of years prior to this shot, but there were some units still in DT&I paint around the system, such as this one at Port Huron, unpainted and not renumbered into the GT plan.
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:42:09 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories: 
Locomotives:  DTI 208(GP38AC)
Views:  146   Comments: 0
DT&I roster shot
Title:  DT&I roster shot
Description:  A pair of ex DT&I units at Port Huron
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:47:35 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 6210(GP38AC) DTI 208(GP38AC)
Views:  272   Comments: 0
Renumbered
Title:  Renumbered
Description:  An unpainted, but renumbered for Grand Trunk ex DT&I unit at the Port Huron yard.
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:46:14 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 6210(GP38AC)
Views:  172   Comments: 0
Old power, old paint
Title:  Old power, old paint
Description:  An original GT unit, a GP9 has a battered coat of paint at Port Huron, along with a new friend, which will get new dress before long.
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:49:30 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 4434(GP9) GTW 6210(GP38AC) GTW 4434(GP9) GTW 6210(GP38AC)
Views:  230   Comments: 0
Switching power
Title:  Switching power
Description:  End cabs were on the way out in the 80s, so it was a treat to catch some working, something I appreciate more now than I did then.
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:50:53 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 7018(SW1200)
Views:  176   Comments: 0
Working the yard
Title:  Working the yard
Description:  A GT SW type works at Port Huron MUd to another SW
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:52:19 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 7019(SW1200)
Views:  173   Comments: 0
Yard job
Title:  Yard job
Description:  An SW type at Port Huron
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:53:09 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 7227(SW900) GTW 7227(SW900)
Views:  149   Comments: 0
Local work
Title:  Local work
Description:  A sole GP 9 has a single car in tow for a customer in Palmer
Photo Date:  2/19/1985  Upload Date: 9/26/2014 1:44:19 PM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4447(GP9)
Views:  163   Comments: 0
End of the line
Title:  End of the line
Description:  Central Vermont ran down the Connecticut River to a connection with the ex New Haven shore line at New London. They had a small facility there. This is an overhead shot showing the engine tracks and a turntable.
Photo Date:  2/19/1985  Upload Date: 9/26/2014 1:46:04 PM
Location:  New London, CT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4926(GP9) CV 4550(GP9) CV 4929(GP9)
Views:  618   Comments: 1
Class unit
Title:  Class unit
Description:  Class unit 6000 leads an empty coal train north at Centralia in the gloomy weather that seems to follow me everywhere. Second unit is a unique to ICG SD40A, build with extra long underframe to accomodate a 5000 gallon fuel tank.
Photo Date:  2/21/1986  Upload Date: 1/29/2012 2:06:08 AM
Location:  Centralia, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ICG 6000(SD40) ICG 6011(SD40A)
Views:  568   Comments: 0
Beautiful noise
Title:  Beautiful noise
Description:  Central Vermont train 444 rolls through Belchertown Mass behnid five GP 9s and a GP 18. What a sound those 567s made!!
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 11/22/2014 2:22:09 AM
Location:  Belchertown, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4551(GP9) CV 4558(GP9) CV 4925(GP9) CV 3602(GP18)
Views:  292   Comments: 5
Headed for Connecticut
Title:  Headed for Connecticut
Description:  Train 444 has done its work at Palmer and is now headed toward Connecticut.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 11/22/2014 2:28:09 AM
Location:  Monson, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4551(GP9) CV 4558(GP9) CV 4925(GP9) CV 3602(GP18)
Views:  229   Comments: 0
Cut off and ready to work
Title:  Cut off and ready to work
Description:  The power has cut off train 444, leaving it north of the Conrail Boston Line, and is about to work at the Plamer yard. Thats quite a set of first generation power.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 11/22/2014 2:31:12 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4551(GP9) CV 4558(GP9) CV 4925(GP9) CV 3602(GP18)
Views:  256   Comments: 1
Working the yard
Title:  Working the yard
Description:  A pair of CV GP 9s pulls over the Conrail diamonds at Palmer as it works to put its train together.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 12/1/2014 2:09:20 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4923(GP9) CV 4926(GP9)
Views:  187   Comments: 0
Local power
Title:  Local power
Description:  Newer power was starting to creep in to the CV, in this case GTW GP 38 5808, which spent several years here. Its seen in the yard in the company of more long standing power.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 11/22/2014 2:34:12 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5808(GP38AC) CV 4549(GP9)
Views:  238   Comments: 1
Different stripes
Title:  Different stripes
Description:  A look at CVs New London engine tracks shows an interesting variation on the usual paint diagram, with the reversed stripes on 4551
Photo Date:  11/5/1986  Upload Date: 12/27/2014 4:27:30 AM
Location:  New London, CT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CV 4551(GP9) CV 4926(GP9)
Views:  372   Comments: 0
Rolling south
Title:  Rolling south
Description:  Train 562 has left the Palmer yard and is heading south to a block swap at Monson
Photo Date:  11/18/1986  Upload Date: 12/27/2014 4:13:02 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4441(GP9) CV 4548(GP9) CV 4926(GP9) CV 4450(GP9) CV 4924(GP9) CV 3614(GP18)
Views:  422   Comments: 0
Across the valley
Title:  Across the valley
Description:  The CV follows the Chicopee River for a distance out of Palmer. The road is on the other side of the valley. I was able to get this shot from a clear spot, getting this panoramic view of the valley and the six units on train 562.
Photo Date:  11/18/1986  Upload Date: 12/27/2014 4:19:34 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4441(GP9) CV 4548(GP9) CV 4926(GP9) CV 4450(GP9) CV 4924(GP9) CV 3614(GP18)
Views:  306   Comments: 0
444 rolling in
Title:  444 rolling in
Description:  Train 444 rolls south at Three Rivers, almost done on its trip to Palmer
Photo Date:  11/18/1986  Upload Date: 12/27/2014 4:23:48 AM
Location:  Three Rivers, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4925(GP9)
Views:  164   Comments: 0
GP 9s
Title:  GP 9s
Description:  A set of six GP 9s leads train 562 south under Stafford Hollow Rd in Monson Mass. This was typical power for that era.
Photo Date:  11/18/1986  Upload Date: 6/10/2012 1:58:55 AM
Location:  Monson, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4441(GP9) CV 4548(GP9) CV 4926(GP9) CV 4450(GP9) CV 4924(GP9) CV 3614(GP18)
Views:  606   Comments: 2
Ready to swap
Title:  Ready to swap
Description:  Train 562 rolls up to the siding at Monson. Here it will drop its train, and pick up cars to go back to Palmer.
Photo Date:  1/20/1987  Upload Date: 12/29/2014 2:55:06 AM
Location:  Monson, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4549(GP9) CV 3602(GP18) CV 4450(GP9) CV 4447(GP9) GTW 5808(GP38AC)
Views:  407   Comments: 2
CV 4549
Title:  CV 4549
Description:  CV 4549 leads train 444 as it prepares to set out cars at Stafford Springs CT. I started driving up from NY City at 430 in a snowstorm to catch this shot.
Photo Date:  1/20/1987  Upload Date: 12/3/2011 1:25:40 AM
Location:  Stafford Springs, CT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CV 4549(GP9) CV 3602(GP18) CV 4450(GP9) CV 4447(GP9) GTW 5808(GP38AC)
Views:  526   Comments: 0
Short train back
Title:  Short train back
Description:  Train 562 has picked up the northbound cars and is now on its way back to Palmer. Two cars today.
Photo Date:  1/20/1987  Upload Date: 12/29/2014 2:57:25 AM
Location:  Monson, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 5808(GP38AC) CV 4447(GP9) CV 4450(GP9) CV 3602(GP18) CV 4549(GP9)
Views:  361   Comments: 0
Run through power
Title:  Run through power
Description:  CV was not much for CN run through power, but sometimes it did get as far south as Palmer, as with this pair of wide cab GP 40s. Most of the time, it was turned back at St Albans.
Photo Date:  3/23/1987  Upload Date: 4/21/2015 1:39:07 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 9400(GP40-2LW) CN 9410(GP40-2LW)
Views:  300   Comments: 0
Ready power
Title:  Ready power
Description:  The line up of power to go north this evening is sitting in the yard, ready to go. Those 567s must have made quite a sound when they started.
Photo Date:  3/23/1987  Upload Date: 4/21/2015 1:42:19 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CV 4447(GP9) GTW 4441(GP9) CN 9410(GP40-2LW) CV 4445(GP9) CV 4442(GP9) CN 9400(GP40-2LW)
Views:  476   Comments: 0
Old geeps never die
Title:  Old geeps never die
Description:  They just never do. Three of them sit at the GTW Port Huron yard awaiting the next days call.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:29:17 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 4920(GP9) GTW 4904(GP9) GTW 4932(GP9)
Views:  303   Comments: 2
Always a pole
Title:  Always a pole
Description:  This pair of units was sitting at the GTW yard, nicely posed behind a light pole. Never fails. At least the trailing unit, a former DT&I in patch paint, isnt blocked.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:34:19 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5812(GP38-2) GTW 6416(GP40-2)
Views:  245   Comments: 0
Blue and blue
Title:  Blue and blue
Description:  This lone GTW unit was sitting near the fuel tank that supplies the yard, both in the Grand Trunk blue, though the tank is looking a little faded. At least both are flying the colors.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:39:13 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5833(GP38-2)
Views:  144   Comments: 1
In the yard
Title:  In the yard
Description:  An ex DT&I unit is head out at the Port Huron yard.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/4/2015 12:29:14 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 6414(GP40-2) GTW 5836(GP38-2)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
The end
Title:  The end
Description:  This ICG slug was in the bone yard at Pielet Bros in Mc Cook, where it would ultimately meet the torch. Its company on death row is a pair of BN SD 45s. I can't find a number on the slug; the ones I saw in service were all BU-and a number.
Photo Date:  6/21/1987  Upload Date: 5/7/2015 12:49:13 AM
Location:  Mc Cook, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  BN 6559(SD45) BN 6417(SD45)
Views:  394   Comments: 0
Just like the old days
Title:  Just like the old days
Description:  This GP 9 has over 30 years under its belt by this time, though a new coat of paint. Its still doing day in, day out service at the Port Huron yard.
Photo Date:  6/21/1987  Upload Date: 5/7/2015 1:34:49 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4552(GP9)
Views:  245   Comments: 0
Yard job
Title:  Yard job
Description:  I got to Wisconsin Rapids the night before, and there was nothing going on. When I came back the following morning, there were two trains. Train 2 from East Winona had arrived behind a C424 and two RS 27s, and this local, working with a rebuilt RS 3. It doesnt get any better. Well, the sun could have come out.
Photo Date:  6/25/1987  Upload Date: 5/11/2015 4:22:26 AM
Location:  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  GBW 305(RS3M)
Views:  222   Comments: 1
Not many of these left
Title:  Not many of these left
Description:  At the time I took this photo, I think the only RS 27s still running in the US were here. Two were on this train. The trailing unit is seen here.
Photo Date:  6/25/1987  Upload Date: 5/11/2015 4:24:03 AM
Location:  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GBW 318(RS27) GBW 316(RS27)
Views:  270   Comments: 0
All Alco
Title:  All Alco
Description:  In a few years, the GB&W would be taken over by Wisconsin Central, which itself would become part of CN. Meanwhile, the roster was all Alco. I wish I could have spent more time here seeing this interesting operation. For today, Im happy I was able to get #2 at the yard with a great power set.
Photo Date:  6/25/1987  Upload Date: 5/11/2015 4:26:42 AM
Location:  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  GBW 322(C424) GBW 316(RS27) GBW 318(RS27)
Views:  302   Comments: 1


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