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CPR London Division

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Diesel Engines

Diesels came to the yard first, with "Made in London" GMD SW8 800 HP yard switchers along with ALCO S2 1000 HP switchers 7062 and 7063 in Windsor. The last 0-6-0 anywhere on the CPR, 6275 finished up in Goderich yard at 12 noon Saturday December 6, 1958 and was replaced by MLW S3 6589 until delivery in early May of 1959 of a new, tiny 500 HP CLC diesel-hydraulic switcher, number 17.

Road freight diesels came in the form of MLW RS-3's and FA2 "covered wagon" A and B units, later MLW RS-10's and RS-18's all of which were maintained at St.Luc (Montreal) as roundhouses everywhere were scaled back or closed down.

UP 1624 Alco FA1 leads eastbound freight at Streetsville. One of 15 (7 A and 8 B) units leased in 1963 from UP to handle unprecedented export grain traffic to Russia. Still equipped with manual transition these units were rated at 10% tonnage reduction and operated only in solid UP consists. These diesels were pulled out of the scrap line at Cheyenne, Wyoming.
They kept steam dead on the CPR. The 1956 green and white Meteor belonged to second hours (afternoon shift) operator Bill Miller. February 4, 1964 William E. Miller/William D. Miller Collection.

There were about 60 steam locomotives (many with low/nil mileage) held for emergency and it had been considered to return many to service on the Algoma Division where steam facilities had been retained. This would have resulted in three pools of motive power (one of steam and diesel on either side) which would have affected utilization. The decision went against steam when these UP units built in 1947 stored for scrapping became available. Thus began a long history of leased diesels from many sources and in varying condition which led to the expression "Rent-a-Wreck".

Extra 8917 East at Sarnia Road, London. Train Masters were not common in Ontario.
4/24/1966 D.R.Mc.Queen

Extra 4215 is making a move to either lift that A unit or has just set it off. See man handling m.u. jumper cable.
Note position of switch at yellow. Superintendent's business car at right. London 8/1968 Wolf Kirchmeir

Hooping up! Looks like the engineer about to grab the hoop. Fireman running 8471?

Hooping Up gallery across Canada

8407_8796 older and newer MLW power with opposite paint schemes.
Older 8407 has newer Script lettering while newer 8796 has older Block lettering!
Sitting on shop track Quebec Street. August 1967 Wolf Kirchmeir

8407 (single 4 unit order 8405-08) RS-2u 1600 HP MLW 76102 4/1950
8769 RS-18 1800 HP MLW 82450 4/1958

6700 switching in Quebec Street Yard. August/1967 Wolf Kirchmeir

8163 SW1200RS Quebec Street roundhouse London October 1969 Bob Heathorh Collection

Woodstock area branch lines were operated by SW1200RS 1200 HP units, a Canadian-only GMD model designed specifically to replace D-10's and other light road engines. The CPR referred to these small road switcher units, and MLW RS-23 1000 HP road switchers officially as BLU's, Branch Line Units. Un-officially they were called "pups"! After their week's work was done on the branch they would be gathered up and sent out on a main line freight to Toronto and back. This increased wear-and-tear on the units which were on a lower maintenance schedule in consideration of their lighter duty compared to the more typical round-the-clock service of the bigger main line road units.

GP35 5024 (GMD A2123 1/1966) and FB2 4468 MLW 79161 9/1953

A pair of MLW M630's 4500-4503 lead a westbound freight through Guelph Junction. October 1969. Dave Burroughs
4500 was preserved and later returned to service on a US shortline.

4501-5018-4221 westbound through the Junction. October 1969. Dave Burroughs

4090 FA-2 1600 HP MLW #79157 9/1953 and 8441 RS-3 1600 HP MLW #81006 5/1954

8488 part of the first order for GP9's that would eventually total 200 units!
This would be the largest model fleet until SD40's came along.
GP9 GMD A686 10/1954 London 3/24/1973
A long ways from home this unit assigned to Winnipeg as part of a batch of GP9's.

A-B-A covered wagons led by 4016 (2nd) near Ayr. 6/22/1973 Greg McDonnell/Joseph Testagrose Collection

Brand new SD40-2 Locotrol units 5806 and 5807 are being sanded for the first time in Quebec Street Yard, London
on the day of delivery from GMD January 26, 1974 Note Business Car 24 in the background. Al Howlett

6616 S11 660 HP MLW #82558 6/1959

London, March 23, 1973 Al Howlett


5599 brand new out of GMD! Part of second order of SD40-2 5589-5628 (40 units). A-2643 5/1972

PNC 3445 GP9u rebuilt PNC 1971 (12/1970 ex SP 3445 nee 5608) GP9 EMD 20133 1/1955

Extra 4705 West travels along fresh ballast on the Galt Sub.
Bill Thomson/Ron Visockis digital restoration

Extra 5558 West passing under the famous wooden bridge.
Bill Thomson/Ron Visockis digital restoration

Extra 5520 leads 4565 and 4063 in a winter scene.
Bill Thomson/Ron Visockis digital restoration

4015 was officially a model FA-1 1500 hp A unit which along with its B unit cabless version were known by "covered wagons" because access to their engine rooms was covered, thus weather protected, something appreciated by engine crews. One of twenty MLW A units (20 B units) and 8 Alco A units (4 B units), all were later upgraded to 1600 hp. MLW #77310 8/1950 Most were traded in to MLW on an order for 51 Century C-424 2400 hp road switchers numbered in 4200 series.

Old diesel, new small Multimark paint scheme. This is the second use of the number 4016. The first one was an FA1 MLW 77311 8/11/1950. It was wrecked August 8, 1957 at Attean, Maine when running as 908 hit 951 engine 8460 due to a dispatcher error. It was rebuilt 11/21/1957 by MLW as 8824 an RS-10s with short hood forward. Later, RS-10 8557 had an electrical fire January 28,1966 near Thamesville Mile 46 Windsor Sub. and its components were used by Angus to be installed in the carbody of 4014 (which was repurchased by CP including other parts) part of a trade-in program to MLW for C-424 4249. Outshopped March 14, 1966. The new paint job didn't last long. It was retired 9/15/1977.
4016 at Windsor 2/11/1975 Joseph Testagrose Collection

4050 FA2 1600 HP MLW #77720 9/1951

A filthy RS-18 1800 HP road switcher MLW #82454 5/1958

4720 MLW M-636 M6031-20 6/1970 Windsor April 1973 Doug Leffler
Looking fresh out of Angus with new Multimark paint scheme.
Note DOFASCO trucks.

8780-4235-4237 RS-18 and two C-424's London shop track May 18, 1985 Aleks Stefanovic

4202 (MLW 84840 3/1965) and another C424 part of a 50 unit order, in Quebec Street yard. Frank Smeltzer

Note: 4202 was retired 12/18/1994 following a fire and block damage ($350,000) on 504-15.

RS-18u 1817 remanufactured 5/1983 ex 8753 MLW 82247 3/1958 London shop track 8/12/1990 Alan Gaines

Extra 8136 with Multimark on cab and number on carbody. Windsor 7/6/1976 Paul McGrane Collection

RS-18 8737 MLW 81612 4/1957 Windsor 4/19/1987 John Lameck/Sam Beck Collection

8131 first unit of second order 8131-8146. 26-L air brake SW1200RS GMD A1731 4/1959
London 1999 Paul Mc.Grane




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