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Algoma Central Railway Equipment Guide - Service Equipment

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This roster is derived strictly from photographs, most of which are from the late 1970's. Little is actually known about purchase/retirement dates and there is some, but very little, here about earlier equipment. However, this listing shoud be an excellent reference for 1970's-1980's modellers. If anyone has photos of service equipment, please scan them and send them to me as email attachments, and I will place them in the photo gallery. If this is not possible, send me the car's number as well as a detailed description. In either case, please include any information, including location, but most importantly, date. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Number Car Type Notes Photo/Reference Date
2023 Tool Car? 36' "Dominion" boxcar. ex-AC 10011 1983
2025 Tool Car ex-10000 1983
2036 Box Car ex-3101-3200 series wood boxcar. **number is practically illegible, could also be 10036
2067 Coach ex-440-443, ex-CofG 1996
2069 Bunk Car ex-AC 10660, 10661 or 10662, ex-AC 400-414 series, ex-DRGW; sold to Wisconsin Great Northern
2071 Rules Instructor ex-AC 10632, ex-AC 501, ex-DRGW 955, ex-D&SL 901; sold to Wisconsin Great Northern
2073 Bunk Car ex-AC 10660, 10661 or 10662, ex-AC 400-414 series, ex-DRGW; sold to Wisconsin Great Northern
2076 Bunk Car ex-AC 10660, 10661 or 10662, ex-AC 400-414 series, ex-DRGW; sold to Wisconsin Great Northern
10000 Tool Car renumbered to 2025 1979
10001 Wood Boxcar ex-CP 180882 1980
10002
10002
Bunk Car Old wooden coach, ex-AC 403:1? first-class coach built by Pullman Palace Car Co. This car was later retired and used as storage at a miniature gold site north of the Sault off Highway 17. It's probably scrapped now. 1974
10003 Flat 1978
10004 Truck Car
10005 Dump Car
10008 Dump Car
10011 Tool Car renumbered to 2023 in the early 1980s
10012 Tool Car
10013 Wood Box Car 36' Dominion/Fowler design 1980
10014 Auxiliary Crew Sleeper Ex-Articulated Coach 463, ex-SP 2477 CTG 1998
10015 Work Diner Ex-Articulated Coach 462, ex-SP 2478 CTG 1998
10016:1 Boom Car Flatcar with equipment lockers on the deck and a tool shed or workshop of some sort at one end. Scrapped 1978 due to deteriorating condition. ex-CP 408072 1978
10016:2 Boom Car Obviously the replacement for the above car. Photo shows the car with the ACR's big crane. 1982
10041 Generator/Supply ex-Baggage 208; renumbered 10059
10042 Flatcar This flatcar is one the ACR's old 40' cars and has short wood ends that appear to be 2-3' in height.
10052 Repair Car Built on the frame of a 40' flatcar. Carries car parts and has a small workshop. This car is taken out to sidings where bad-order or damaged cars have been set out for repair work. Notice the crane and the wheelsets on the open deck. This car is used on the northern subdivision. 1977
10053
10053
10053
Repair Car The "big brother" of the above car, the south end road repair car is built on the frame of former AC steel coach 412. There is a workshop and both ends of the car are outfitted with cranes and the decks are kept stacked with replacement wheelsets. The photo shows the car in fresh paint, before 1980 it was painted similar to the old passenger scheme: maroon with grey roof and large round bear logos. A photo in the book "The Algoma Central Railway Story", dated 1978, shows the old scheme, with paint badly peeling. 1970s[photos]-1998[ctg]
10054 Steel Boxcar 1978
10055 Cook Car Ex-Cafe Car AC 503 1992[photo], CTG 1998
10059 Generator/Supply Car Ex-10041, ex-Baggage 208 CTG 1998
10061 Bunk Car Old wooden caboose 1992
10104 Snowplow Snowplow 10104 was used mainly on the north end subdivision and is normally stationed at Hawk Junction. Built 1911.
CTG 1998
10105 Snowplow 10105 was typically the south end snowplow. Built 1940.
CTG 1998
10120 Flanger Purchased in 1941, the ACR's flanger looks like a wooden caboose with the cupola centred on the car body. The sides are plywood sheathed like the ACR's regular wood cabooses and the car is painted in a version of the old 1952 maroon passenger scheme, with grey roof and a large bear logo centred on the sides. 1978
10202 Crane Drawings of hoists 10202, 10205, 10210, 10211, and 10212 appear in a 1923 ACR Mechanical dept. book of blueprints of various work equipment. The diagrams are reproduced in the book "The Algoma Central Railway Story." Hoist 10202 was built in 1900. 1923
10205 Crane Built 1901 1923
10210 Crane Blt. 1912 1923
10211:1 Crane Blt. 1917 1923
10211:2 Wrecking Crane The ACR's big crane, this 150-ton crane was bought in 1977 from the Canadian Pacific to replace the ageing 10220. Retired and scrapped in 1996. 1978
10212 Crane Blt. 1918 1923
10214
10214
Crane

Diesel Crane - The ACR owned an example of a rare Canadian crane. Dominion Engineering Works of Lachine, Quebec was Canada's crane and shovel manufacturer. The company, originally known as Dominion Hoist and Shovel, later the Power Crane and Shovel Division of Dominion Engineering, produced a full line of crawler, truck mounted and rail mounted cranes and shovels. Dominion shovel-cranes were popular with Canada's railways.

Beginning in 1945 Dominion offered a small rail mounted machine intended to compete with the Burro crane. It was called the "Dominion Bantam Rail Crane". Ten were sold and one, serial BC-108B went to the ACR in 1954.

It had a long life, lasting at least until 1980.

1954-1980
10215:1 Diesel Hoist
10215:2
10215:2
Crane Built by Industrial Brownhoist. Acquired new by the ACR in 1953. CTG 1998
10216:1 Crane 1979
10216:2 Crane Built by American Hoist. Acquired from Algoma Steel in 1985. Re# WC 9403
10220 Wrecking Crane The ACR's original wrecking crane lasted in service from the early 1900's to 1977 when the venerable crane was replaced with a new 150-ton crane from CP. 1917
10302 Scale test car The ACR's old scale test car was an old Pressed Steel Car Co. ore car. Now long retired, this car can be seen at the Canadian Railway Museum.
10310 Tool Car
10311 Carpenter's Car Converted from an old wooden boxcar. Scrapped in 1979. 1978
10320 Waste Oil Car This old steam tender has been converted to store waste oil from the Sault Ste. Marie enginehouse. 1979
10351 Steel Boxcar ex-Ontario Northland 1983
10352 Steel Boxcar 10352 is one of several boxcars acquired from the Ontario Northland Railway. This car has vents on the roof. There appear to be at least a couple of other cars like this one. 1992
10358
10358
Steel Boxcar Another ex-ONT box. 1983,2000
10359 Steel Boxcar 10359 is one of several boxcars acquired from the Ontario Northland Railway. 1988
10364 Steel Boxcar Another ex-ONT box. 1992
10365 Water Tank There are several cars for holding drinking water for work trains located on remote parts of the line (aka anywhere north of the Sault). 1992
10400 Dining Car Dining car assigned to telephone gang. ex-502 Cafe Car. Later this car was moved to Canyon as a souvenir shop and repainted and renumbered back to 502. 1979
10401:1 Steam Shovel 1923
10401:2 Tool Car ex-AC baggage # 208, ex-D&SL. Re# 10059
10401:3 Box Car ex-ONT 40' boxcar, brown. Tool car? 1984
10402 Bunk Car This car was used as a bunk car for the telephone gang. Note the archbar trucks! 1974
10427 Ballast Unloader This car is called a "lidgerwood" and it uses a large winch powered by an adjacent steam locomotive to pull a wedge through a line of drop-end gondolas.
10450 Pile Driver The ACR's old pile driver, it would have been steam driven. Today pile driving is done with a special attachment that fits onto a diesel hoist. 1923
10475 Jordan Spreader These cars were used for spreading ballast, and in the winter, for spreading snow. The car has been fitted with a cab on the deck. It bright yellow and similar, but not quite identical, to the next car. Built 1927. 1929
1978
CTG 1998
10476 Jordan Spreader The north end spreader, stationed at Hawk Junction. The yellow cab, while similar to 10475 is just slightly different in shape. Built 1952. 1987
CTG 1998
10504 Office Car Supervisor and Foreman's Car
10546 Service Car Bunk or tool car? 1978
10580 Boom Car ex-4700 series gondola
10581 Bunk Car Modern Pre-fab unit on flatcar 1981
10582 Bucket Car There are several cars for carrying buckets, hooks and various articles for the diesel hoists and crane. This car is a 50' gondola with small side doors in the 3rd panel in from the ends. 1978
10587 Boom Car ex-4700 series gondola 1978
10588 Boom Car ex-4700 series gondola 1995
10590 Flat Car 1997
10591 Bucket Car 1978
10591?? Flat 1978
10601 Bunk Car Foremen's bunk car. Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar. 1979
10602 Service Caboose Old wood caboose in work service as a bunk car. 1992
10603 Cook Car Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar.
10604 Supervisor's Car Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar.
10605:1 Bunk Car Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar.
10605:2 Bunk Car Modern prefabricated unit mounted on a flatcar. These prefabs were acquired from CN. 1992
10606 Bunk Car Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar. 1983
10607
10607
Bunk Car Hoistman's bunk car. Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar. 1979,1982
10608:1 Bunk Car Engineman's bunk car. Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar. 1977,1983
10608:2 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10609 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10610 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10612 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10613 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1992
10614 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10618 Bunk Car Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar?
10620 Bunk Car Another bunk car built from an old 36' wood boxcar. 1979
10621 Bunk Car Engineman's car. Converted from an old 36' wood boxcar?
10631 Bunk Car ex-Cafe/Dining Car 603
10632:1 Cook/Dining Car ex-Combination Baggage/Coach 226? 1950?
10632:2 Rules Instructor ex-AC 450 series wooden coach. 1973
10632:3 Rules Instructor ex-501 cafe car. ex-DRGW 1982
CTG 1998
10632:4 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. ex-CN 1996
10633 Bunk Car ex-AC coach 444, ex-GM&O 3056 1980
CTG 1998
10634 Kitchen/Diner Ex-articulated coach AC 454, ex-SP 2454, ex-T&NO 506 Photo 1992
CTG 1998
10635 Sleeper/Bunk Ex-articulated coach AC 455, ex-SP 2453, ex-T&NO 507 Photo 1992
CTG 1998
10636 Bunk Car Former 450-series wooden coach built in 1914. Scrapped 1979.
10637 Bunk Car 1912 wooden coach. Scrapped 1979. 1978
10638 Bunk Car 1912 Wooden Coach
10640 Bunk Car ex-9501-9520 series wood caboose. 1993
10641 Wash Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. 1996
10641 Wash Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. 1996
10642 Flat 1978
10643 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. 1996
10645 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. 1996
10647 Cook Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar. Flatcar is actually a cut-down 3500 series gondola. 1996
10648 Water Tank Silver tank
10650 Box Car Old 40' wood boxcar 1973
10651 Bunk Car Prefab unit on 40' flatcar
10652 Water Tank Silver tank 1996
10653 Water Tank Silver tank 1978
10654 Water Tank Silver tank 1978
10655 Water Tank Silver tank 1992
10656 Water Tank Black insulated tank. ex-CN 1992
10657 Water Tank Black insulated tank. ex-CN 1993
10658:1 Service Caboose This caboose was converted into a car cleaner's shack in the Steelton yard. It was destroyed by fire in the early 80's. 1980
10658:2 Water Tank Heavily rebuilt 8000 gallon tank car. (REBLT 12-76) This would make a very interesting modelling project. ex-CN 1992
10659 Bunk Car prefab unit on flatcar. Flat appears to be a cut down 3500 series gondola. 1996
10660 Kitchen/Diner? Ex-coach 410, ex-D&RGW; re# to one of AC 2069, 2073 or 2076 1981, CTG 1998
10661 Sleeper/Bunk Ex-coach 411, ex-D&RGW; re# to one of AC 2069, 2073 or 2076 1981, CTG 1998
10662 Sleeper/Bunk Ex-coach 4xx, ex-D&RGW; re# to one of AC 2069, 2073 or 2076 1988
10663 Tool Generator ex-baggage AC 206 Photo 200x?
CTG 1998
10664 Tool Supply ex-baggage AC 207, ex-Northern Western 101 Photo 1992
CTG 1998
10665 Bunk Car Wooden caboose, cupola windows covered 1992
10666 Bunk Car Wooden caboose, cupola windows covered 1996
10667 Bunk Car Wooden caboose, cupola windows covered
10668
10668
Bunk Car Wooden caboose, cupola windows covered 1970's
10669 Bunk Car Pre-fab unit on flatcar (cut-down 3500 series gondola). 1996
10670 Bunk Car Enginman's bunk car. Wooden caboose. 1983
10671 Bunk Car Wooden caboose
10672 Diner/Lounge Ex-articulated coach 460 CTG 1998
10673 Kitchen/Staff Ex-articulated coach 461 CTG 1998
10674 Crew Bunk Ex-GM&O CTG 1998
10675 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1981
10676 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1982
10677 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1981
10678 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1982
10679 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1996
10680 Bunk Car Flatcar with prefab unit 1996
10681 Box Car ex-AC 2901, ex-GTW 1996
10688 Box Car ex-ONT 1996
10690 Steel Box Car ex-ONT 2001?
10691 Steel Box Car ex-ONT 1992
10692 Gondola ex-AC 3514 1992
10715 Flat Car Cut down 4804-4580 series gondola
10724 Flat Car 40' flatcar. ex-AC 2200 series?
10728 Flat Car 40' flatcar. ex-AC 2200 series? 1993
10800 Wood Boxcar 1978
10807 Ballast Hopper One of the AC's old 2-bay hoppers converted for ballast service. 1979
90284 Boxcar ex-Ontario Northland 1982


Cars with no numbers visible in photo
                  Hoist                                                                             1978
                  Waste oil storage car      ACR steam tender - AC bear logo, no num.               1967
                  Bucket Car                 cut down 50' gon                                       1978
                  Bucket Car                 39' gondola
                  Bunk Cars                  ex-400 series hwt. Coaches                             1981

Un-renumbered secondhand cars
SP 2471-2472		Boarding car	ex-SP articulated chair coach, shown just before scrapping  1996

Track inspector's pickup truck

Information on this page is derived from photographs in the book "The Algoma Central Railway Story" by Dale Wilson and from Railway Photography by Ted Ellis.
This page copyright 2001 Chris VanderHeide


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