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7/16/2019
 
 
 
 
 
By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/1980 - 1/1/2012
Album Info:Action on CN in the US and Canada, including US subsidiaries and roads acquired by CN: Central Vermont, Wisconsin Central, Illinois Central, Green Bay & Western, and the US Steel roads.
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Clean Alco
Title:  Clean Alco
Description:  This RS 18 was showing off its bright red nose, looking really clean on a train that was otherwise covered in road grime. Of course, these units still had a future in those days, so it was not totally unheard of for them to get new paint and a wash.
Photo Date:  8/15/1980  Upload Date: 11/13/2016 4:41:55 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 3738(RS18) CN 4418(GP9)
Views:  213   Comments: 0
Bringing them back
Title:  Bringing them back
Description:  This SW had brought that cut of cars out of Aldershot Yard, behind me in Burlington, taken them through the wye formed by Bayview and Bayview West, and was now returning the turned equipment, once more rolling through the junction.
Photo Date:  8/15/1980  Upload Date: 11/13/2016 4:44:23 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 7029(SW1200)
Views:  243   Comments: 0
Headed for TO
Title:  Headed for TO
Description:  An eastbound out of Aldershot heads through Bayview on onto the Oakville Sub, soon to be approaching Toronto. A westbound is in the distance, coming off the Oakville Sub heading for London.
Photo Date:  8/15/1980  Upload Date: 11/13/2016 4:48:03 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9651(GP40-2LW) CN 4418(GP9) CN 3738(RS18) CN 4563(GP9)
Views:  255   Comments: 0
CN 9569
Title:  CN 9569
Description:  Bayview Jct was a great place to watch trains, but sometimes you were just in the wrong place. This CN freight snuck up on me, and I was not able to get away from the trees. The second unit is one of the 4000 series GP40's geared for passenger speeds. These units could usually be found on VIA trains in that era.
Photo Date:  8/15/1980  Upload Date: 12/29/2013 4:42:47 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9569(GP40-2LW) CN 4004(GP40)
Views:  376   Comments: 0
Out of the haze
Title:  Out of the haze
Description:  The area around Hamilton can be smoggy due to the heavy industry there, and sometimes the harbor looks fogged in. This train headed for Toronto rolls out of the fog and into Bayview as it comes around the end of the bay and heads east.
Photo Date:  8/15/1980  Upload Date: 11/13/2016 4:50:00 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9651(GP40-2LW) CN 4418(GP9) CN 3738(RS18) CN 4563(GP9)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
Yard power
Title:  Yard power
Description:  A pair of ancient Canada only S 13's works at the VIA yard in Toronto. There were still quite a few of these active at that time.
Photo Date:  8/27/1982  Upload Date: 3/24/2013 4:07:48 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 8515(S13) CN 8512(S13)
Views:  238   Comments: 0
Dead line
Title:  Dead line
Description:  This was part of the dead line at Toronto, MLWs that would never again see the road
Photo Date:  8/28/1982  Upload Date: 3/24/2013 4:06:02 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 8030(S4) CN 8067(S4) CN 8178(S4)
Views:  418   Comments: 0
Transfer to Aldershot
Title:  Transfer to Aldershot
Description:  An SW leads a transfer run to Aldershot yard in Hamilton, seen passing Bayview Jct.
Photo Date:  10/12/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 2:39:59 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 1236(SW1200RS)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
Hump power
Title:  Hump power
Description:  Not easy to see in this photo, due to distance and so so lighting, are a couple of CN hump sets at Taschereau Yard in Montreal. Aging S13 switchers team with home built slugs to get the cars up and over.
Photo Date:  8/26/1985  Upload Date: 10/7/2014 1:51:27 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 108(S13) CN 119(S13) CN 160(Yard Slug) CN 163(Yard Slug)
Views:  685   Comments: 0
Hump power
Title:  Hump power
Description:  A hump set at Taschereau is partly hidden, the S 13 in sight, but the slug behind a relay case.
Photo Date:  8/26/1985  Upload Date: 10/7/2014 1:55:48 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CN 114(S13) CN 163(Yard Slug)
Views:  408   Comments: 0
Local freight
Title:  Local freight
Description:  With classic power. A pair of GP 9 rebuilds leads a short train at Jct de Lest, about to cross the commuter line.
Photo Date:  8/26/1985  Upload Date: 10/9/2014 3:07:53 AM
Location:  Montreal, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 7202(GP9RM) CN 7205(GP9RM)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
Switchers
Title:  Switchers
Description:  These were common in yards and on locals at the time. During this visit to Montreal I saw lots of them.
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/8/2014 2:39:11 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 1310(SW1200RS) CN 1353(SW1200RS)
Views:  290   Comments: 0
Taschereau yard goats
Title:  Taschereau yard goats
Description:  A pair of SW1200RS units sits at Taschereau.
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/8/2014 2:40:54 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 1341(SW1200RS) CN 1368(SW1200RS)
Views:  395   Comments: 0
Rear view
Title:  Rear view
Description:  The cab end of an SW1200 RS at Taschereau
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/8/2014 2:42:40 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 1368(SW1200RS)
Views:  327   Comments: 0
Doubling
Title:  Doubling
Description:  An eastbound preparing to depart doubles his train. The power was a treat, though fairly common at the time.
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/8/2014 2:45:44 AM
Location:  Montreal PQ, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2006(C630M) CN 2329(M636) CN 9535(GP40-2LW)
Views:  456   Comments: 0
Windsor bound
Title:  Windsor bound
Description:  A westbound splits the signals at Dorval as it gets a roll on a train of CAST containers for Windsor
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/10/2014 2:25:39 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2553(C44-9W) CN 4301(GP9) CN 3717(RS18) CN 3654(RS18)
Views:  315   Comments: 1
Ready to go
Title:  Ready to go
Description:  This eastbound has doubled its train and is now ready to go east with a uniquely Canadian consist.
Photo Date:  8/27/1985  Upload Date: 10/8/2014 3:10:02 AM
Location:  Montreal, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9535(GP40-2LW) CN 2329(M636) CN 2006(C630M)
Views:  541   Comments: 0
Rolling west
Title:  Rolling west
Description:  A CN train headed west approaches the Dorval station behind a mix of power only CN could assemble. The signals are on the adjacent CP main.
Photo Date:  8/26/1986  Upload Date: 12/9/2014 1:58:21 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 5279(SD40-2W) CN 2019(C630M)
Views:  239   Comments: 0
East to Taschereau
Title:  East to Taschereau
Description:  An eastbound CN train behind a pair of GP40 widecabs rolls past the Dorval station.
Photo Date:  8/26/1986  Upload Date: 12/10/2014 3:14:56 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9444(GP40-2LW) CN 9496(GP40-2LW)
Views:  130   Comments: 0
Blah day, good power
Title:  Blah day, good power
Description:  A westbound extra-note the white flags, common practice in Canada-rolls through the Royal Botanical Gardens as it makes its way out of Hamilton and onto the Oakville Sub. How about that spreader tucked in behind the power??
Photo Date:  12/30/1986  Upload Date: 12/27/2014 2:53:35 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9625(GP40-2LW) CN 2324(M636) CN 5048(SD40)
Views:  532   Comments: 2
Interesting set out
Title:  Interesting set out
Description:  An SW1200RS pushes a pair of spanking new units fresh from the GMC plant onto a siding in the London yard.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:14:21 AM
Location:  London, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 1374(SW1200RS) CN 5458(SD50F) CN 5448(SD60)
Views:  295   Comments: 1
Turning the power
Title:  Turning the power
Description:  This set of power was being turned by the crew at Bayview and is now returning to its train. There were three big Ms and a wide cab GP 40. I guess they wanted to ride in the EMD. After the move, CN 9626 was the leader west.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/4/2015 12:24:52 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2019(C630M) CN 2042(C630M) CN 9626(GP40-2LW) CN 2313(M636)
Views:  416   Comments: 0
Old power for a local
Title:  Old power for a local
Description:  I caught this local at Wyoming Ont behind a pair of old Geeps. They were making pretty good time with 36 cars,
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:20:17 AM
Location:  Wyoming, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 4104(GP9RM) CN 4276(GP9)
Views:  301   Comments: 0
New car smell
Title:  New car smell
Description:  You can smell the paint on these new SD50Fs, just dropped at the CN yard from GMD. This was the big new thing on CN in 1987.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:15:59 AM
Location:  London, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 5458(SD50F) CN 5448(SD50F)
Views:  226   Comments: 3
Getting ready to cross
Title:  Getting ready to cross
Description:  This westbound was waiting to get into the tunnel at Sarnia to head on to Michigan behind a quartet of GP 40s.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:23:21 AM
Location:  Sarnia, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9401(GP40-2LW) CN 9316(GP40) CN 9317(GP40) CN 9306(GP40)
Views:  481   Comments: 0
Turning
Title:  Turning
Description:  This wide cab GP 40 was turning via the wye at Bayview Jct, and will shortly head back to Aldershot yard in Hamilton.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/5/2015 2:26:41 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9427(GP40-2LW)
Views:  162   Comments: 0
Local to Aldershot
Title:  Local to Aldershot
Description:  This short local behind a GP40-2 and a Canada only SW1200RS rolls through Bayview on its way to Aldershot Yard in Hamilton. The 555 train is in the distance on the adjacent track, and will shortly head west.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/4/2015 12:26:05 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9475(GP40-2LW) CN 1365(SW1200RS)
Views:  293   Comments: 0
Headed west
Title:  Headed west
Description:  The power that was turning earlier is now tied on and moving, rolling 106 cars of train 555 through Bayview as it heads for London.
Photo Date:  6/19/1987  Upload Date: 5/4/2015 12:27:17 AM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9626(GP40-2LW) CN 2313(M636) CN 2019(C630M) CN 2042(C630M)
Views:  381   Comments: 0
Good to see an Alco
Title:  Good to see an Alco
Description:  Even if it aint a 6 motor Century. This HR 412 was waiting out Labour Day weekend near Montreal.
Photo Date:  9/5/1987  Upload Date: 5/25/2015 1:41:10 AM
Location:  La Prairie, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 3588(HR412W)
Views:  364   Comments: 1
At Labour
Title:  At Labour
Description:  Labour Day weekend is just another three days on the calendar in the railroad business, as we see here by this 110 car westbound behind four wide cab GP 40s rolling out of Montreal.
Photo Date:  9/5/1987  Upload Date: 5/25/2015 1:42:25 AM
Location:  La Prairie, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 9638(GP40-2LW) CN 9644(GP40-2LW) CN 9655(GP40-2LW) CN 9664(GP40-2LW)
Views:  398   Comments: 0
Big Alcos galore
Title:  Big Alcos galore
Description:  In 1987 it was still common to see six axle MLWs on many road train. This eastbound at the end of the day is passing Dorval with three in this four unit set-the second unit a four axle MLW, trailing a good size 119 car train.
Photo Date:  9/6/1987  Upload Date: 5/26/2015 3:28:50 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 2022(C630M) CN 3538(M420W) CN 2337(M636) CN 2015(C630M)
Views:  395   Comments: 0
Going west
Title:  Going west
Description:  Train 389 approaches Dorval with a trio of wide cab GP 40s and 115 cars.
Photo Date:  9/6/1987  Upload Date: 5/26/2015 3:29:47 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 9408(GP40-2LW) CN 9500(GP40-2LW) CN 9485(GP40-2LW)
Views:  265   Comments: 0
GP and a pair of MLWs
Title:  GP and a pair of MLWs
Description:  A wide cab GP 40 hides the real prize, a pair of six axle MLWs rolling west with 56 cars of train 431 on Labour Day weekend. The signals are on the adjacent CP line.
Photo Date:  9/6/1987  Upload Date: 5/26/2015 3:36:17 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9506(GP40-2LW) CN 2306(M636) CN 2328(M636)
Views:  382   Comments: 0
EMDs east
Title:  EMDs east
Description:  A pair of 40s lead this 89 car eastbound pig train past Dorval station in the late afternoon.
Photo Date:  9/6/1987  Upload Date: 5/26/2015 3:38:44 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9515(GP40-2LW) CN 5100(SD40)
Views:  167   Comments: 0
MLW jackpot
Title:  MLW jackpot
Description:  While chasing the 470 Club North Star trip, I jumped over into Edmundston NB, a larger town than Madawasa, where the trip was overnighting. There, I checked out the CN yard, which yielded several unusual models. The 1761 is an MR14C, a retrucked RS 18, now sporting a-1-a trucks. An eastbound would also come through while I was there with an HR 616, so it was Alco heaven for an hour or so.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 3:58:02 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 1761(RS18u) CN 3573(M420W) CN 3678(RS18)
Views:  455   Comments: 0
MLW switching
Title:  MLW switching
Description:  This six axle MLW, an RS 18 on A-1-A trucks, was working the yard, a sight soon to disappear from North American railroading.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 3:59:46 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 1786(RS18u)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
Big Alco switcher
Title:  Big Alco switcher
Description:  CN was using several of these six axle units as switchers at Edmindston
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 4:04:26 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CN 1786(RS18u) CN 1761(RS18u) CN 3573(M420W)
Views:  366   Comments: 0
Through the valley
Title:  Through the valley
Description:  A short thunderstorm has taken the sun away as a westbound COFC train rolls along the St John River behind a pair of MLWs and a pair of EMDs, one a leased B&LE unit. Location is near Caron Brook NB
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/10/2015 4:45:19 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2103(HR616) CN 2002(C630M) BLE 847(SD9) CN 4285(GP9)
Views:  322   Comments: 0
Closer to town
Title:  Closer to town
Description:  The westbound COFC train now rolls into Edmundston.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/10/2015 4:48:00 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2103(HR616) CN 2002(C630M) BLE 847(SD9) CN 4285(GP9)
Views:  457   Comments: 0
Making a pick up
Title:  Making a pick up
Description:  An eastbound road train has stopped at the yard to set out and pick up. One of the pick ups will be one of the Alcos to go to Halifax.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 4:08:40 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2110(HR616) CN 3562(M420W) CN 5293(SD40-2W) CN 5082(SD40)
Views:  470   Comments: 0
Rolling for Halifax
Title:  Rolling for Halifax
Description:  The eastbound freight has done its work at Edmundston and is now rolling again with 92 cars. As usual, the sun has gone just far enough that the shot is not well lit. Good power, shot it anyway. Now off to dinner and the Journeys End.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 4:11:27 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 5293(SD40-2W) CN 5082(SD40) CN 3562(M420W) CN 2110(HR616) CN 1786(RS18u)
Views:  387   Comments: 0
COFC west
Title:  COFC west
Description:  The line along the St John River was a busy one for CN, as it was their main line to Halifax, and saw a lot of intermodal. This train is carrying trailers in well cars, something fairly common on the CN in those pre stack train days. Three CN only widecab GP40's lead 105 cars.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/10/2015 4:52:17 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9511(GP40-2LW) CN 9604(GP40-2LW) CN 9540(GP40-2LW)
Views:  170   Comments: 0
Checking the rails
Title:  Checking the rails
Description:  A Sperry Car sits in the CN yard, waiting out the weekend.
Photo Date:  5/28/1988  Upload Date: 3/8/2015 4:19:20 AM
Location:  Edmundston, NB
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  SRS 124(Doodlebug)
Views:  209   Comments: 0
Pulling up
Title:  Pulling up
Description:  An eastbound CN train with a trio of Alcos pulls up, and will back into the yard there to work.
Photo Date:  6/13/1989  Upload Date: 10/14/2015 1:56:40 AM
Location:  Cornwall, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 2037(C630M) CN 2333(M636) CN 2332(M636)
Views:  517   Comments: 0
Work is done
Title:  Work is done
Description:  The eastbound has completed its work here, and now takes off for Montreal with an Alco signature rising skyward.
Photo Date:  6/13/1989  Upload Date: 10/14/2015 1:58:43 AM
Location:  Cornwall, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 2037(C630M) CN 2333(M636) CN 2332(M636)
Views:  483   Comments: 0
Into the sun
Title:  Into the sun
Description:  A westbound CN freight rolls past the VIA station at Cornwall as the late day sun lights up the lead unit. Good for photos, not so good if youre the engineer.
Photo Date:  6/13/1989  Upload Date: 10/14/2015 1:59:57 AM
Location:  Cornwall, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 5034(SD40) CN 2034(C630M) CN 5228(SD40)
Views:  217   Comments: 0
Eastbound and almost done
Title:  Eastbound and almost done
Description:  An eastbound freight with 92 cars is almost at the end of its run as it passes the Dorval station.
Photo Date:  6/14/1989  Upload Date: 10/21/2015 3:06:01 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 5154(SD40) CN 5236(SD40)
Views:  175   Comments: 0
SD 40s even.
Title:  SD 40s even.
Description:  One of the prime reasons a lot of fans went to Canada was the chance to shoot Alco design units in all kinds of service, something that had largely vanished in the US. CN and CP both had sizeable fleets of SD 40s as well. Two of them are eastbound with 75 cars at the Dorval Via station. This pair of widecabs is what was then a Canada only design, but would later be embraced industry wide.
Photo Date:  6/14/1989  Upload Date: 10/14/2015 2:05:03 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 5361(SD40-2W) CN 5350(SD40-2W)
Views:  123   Comments: 0
Rolling west
Title:  Rolling west
Description:  Train 393 passes Dorval on its way west with 100 cars in tow.
Photo Date:  6/14/1989  Upload Date: 10/19/2015 4:02:15 AM
Location:  Dorval, QC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  CN 9429(GP40-2LW) CN 5192(SD40) CN 5092(SD40)
Views:  143   Comments: 0
EMDs too
Title:  EMDs too
Description:  A trio of EMDs roll west at Cornwall.
Photo Date:  6/14/1989  Upload Date: 10/14/2015 2:02:04 AM
Location:  Cornwall, ON
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 9478(GP40-2LW) CN 9419(GP40-2LW)
Views:  99   Comments: 0


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