Canadian National Railways
While the old Canadian National Railways never owned any
E units the "new" CN has four E9AR units for use on their executive
trains. Acquired 7/1999 from Burlington Northern Metra Chicago area commuter
service these units were
originally Burlington Route. Nee CB&Q 9940A E8A EMD #9679 1/1950 Woodcrest,
IL shop of the former Illinois Central.
May 13, 2002 Ken Lanovich
E units were the quintessential passenger diesel. For many years hundreds
of them hauled passenger trains across much of America including many
of the top name trains. Designed only for passenger service their long
wheel base with center idler wheelsets provided the best ride at top speeds.
The original Illinois Central E units with 117 mph gearing powered such
trains as the famous Panama Limited which
was daily scheduled at 100 mph as it raced between Chicago and New Orleans.