Unlike steam locomotives diesels were often provided to railways on demonstration to show off their abilities. This practice continued into recent years often with units painted (and numbered) in the scheme of the road they were demonstrating on.
MLW-GE 9077 9078 demonstrators. Too big for the table
MLW-GE 9077 9078 PA1 demonstrator units on CNR 2-5,1950.
Last PA1's built Alco 75971, 75972 12/1949.
General Motors Aerotrain, a lightweight streamlined passenger train. An ill-conceived design based upon automotive styling and technology featuring GM highway bus bodies riding on 2-axle air suspension system. Two trainsets of one 1200 HP 12-567C (underpowered) diesel and ten 40-seat coaches with a pair weighing just half that of traditional lightweight coaches capable of handling the same number of passengers. Unfortunately, the hoped for smooth ride was anything but. The two sets demonstrated in 1956-57 on four major US roads for over half a million miles but found no buyer. Finally, sold to the Rock Island for Chicago commuter service! Retired at ten years old. Saint-Hilaire, Quebec 1956.
I believe this color photo is at the older long-gone Stellarton, Nova Scotia station. The car on the rear may be the Sunnybrae jitney.The MAK arrived in Saint John, NB off a boat from Cuba on April 23, 1956. George Parks, working Truro roundhouse at the time, says it arrived at Truro on June 1, 1956. He says it worked on trains 33 and 37 between Stellarton and Oxford Jct. from August 15 to August 31, 1956, and also other nearby branches. It also worked the CPR in Quebec and Ontario but I'm not sure if this was before or after CN as I have seen conflicting data on this. Caption: Wendell Lemon
MaK 800D diesel hydraulic demonstrator unit. Built by
Maschinenbau Kiel of Germany.
It also demonstrated on CPR but no order developed and it was returned to Germany.
MLW demonstrator RSD-17 3899 somewhere in Quebec sometime
in winter! It demo'd on CNR between 12/19/1957 and 3/24/1958. Demo as
7007 on CPR 5/24/1957 to 12/02/1957 and as Pacific Great Eastern 624 4/01/1958
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