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CPR Road Diesels at Lambton Yard

Note: All road units maintained at Chapleau and St.Luc.

Note: To see more road and assist engines on Lambton trains, see Articles on
Bruce Division, Trenton Division, London Division, and Toronto Division.

Alco 4003 FA1 sits next to Locomotive Department office building.
MLW FA1 4021 with an RS-3 behind it on another shop track.
Water tank indicates full. Bunkhouse is hidden next to it.

Alco FA1 4006 (76858 6/1949) and MLW FA1 4017 (77312 8/1950) with other diesels on the shop tracks.
Note the float level indicating an empty water tank in the background. The CPR is dieselized.
7/06/1961 Peter A Cox

4006-4402 Alco FA1 (4000-4007) and FB1 (4400-403) #76858, 76880 5/1949,
at Runnymede Rd. looking north. Note the early paint scheme with pointed grey panel.
October 23,1955 Don McCartney Collection

4022_4409 typical power for an average freight train in this era. Note the two diesel fuel tanks behind B unit.
These were supplied by two refineries (protection of supply) in Clarkson and delivered by tank cars.
Later delivery was made by oil company tractor trailer tanker at the same per gallon price.
Trucks delivered around the clock and parked on St. Clair Avenue West running hose through an opening in the fence!

Last of a single 20 unit order (4008-4027). MLW 77322 10/1950

 


Leased power

These first leased diesels were taken from the UP scrap line in Cheyenne, Wyoming pending retirement/scrapping.
Nothing else was available and CPR had a dire need for power to move a vast amount of export grain due to a massive
crop failure in Russia. Plans to use long-stored steam locomotives held in a strategic reserve were cancelled by CPR.

Due to poor condition all were given an unprecedented 10% tonnage reduction. A further problem was the
lack of automatic downward transition requiring engineers to manually perform this unfamiliar task.
For this reason these units were kept in matched consists never in m.u. with other units.

UP_1616_1601 with engineer looking back. Second view below.

Still looking back!

 

UP 1627

UP 1641

UP 1637 with 3 B units and a fifth unit likely another A unit.

Shops tracks looking southeast. Yardmaster's tower in background. It was built to train yardmasters how to work from a tower rather than on the ground as they had always done. Toronto Yard is just days away from opening! .

A different angle of the same A-B-B consist.



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