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Extra 9000 West

6500 leads the Super Continental with all new rolling stock on its first trip. Montreal April 24, 1955

Note: This was the same date CPR began The Canadian with all new stainless steel rolling stock.

Here she comes!

Red Rock, ON 1970

Three photo sequence with 4589 leading. Wolf Kirchmeir

96 engine 4403 (Belleville-Lindsay-Toronto) handling express at Uxbridge.
Saturday, August 16, 1958 R.J.Sandusky/John Cowan Collection


Extra 9428 West at Mile 325 Oshawa Subdivision, Midland Avenue, Scarborough, ON.
Fireman (or, brakeman) is ready to grab train orders.

Note: All freights ran extra between Montreal and Toronto. Only first class passenger trains otherwise.

1700 with a short mixed train with a combine bringing up the markers.
The only mixed that ran through Paris Jct. was the one between Fort Erie and Goderich
via Brantford and Stratford (Buffalo, Brantford & Goderich Railway).

1002_1000 crossing Millstream trestle on the Cowichan Sub. September 29, 1958
Dave Wilkie/Jamie Douglas Masters Collection

Nakina Mixed equipment laying over at Hearst Friday, May 6, 1966.
Three photos: Doug Leffler

78570 and combine.

4319 and 4525 in old and new paint schemes.
Sectionmen's Sylvester track motor car long a staple for decades.

CV 4926 leads 4445 on an Extra.

Extra CV 4550 with GT 4445 trailing. Unusual to see US power in Canada this far in.

CV 4929 DW&P 3609 passing a clear order board.

CV 4928 far from home!

Passenger Extra 4294 West at Picton.

Toronto Train Trip Association excursion that operated from Toronto Union Saturday, September 26,1959.

The eastbound trip ran over the Oshawa Sub to Trenton, while the westbound trip ran via the Marmora, Campbellford, and Uxbridge Subs. During the layover at Picton side trips were operated to Sandbanks Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park, (likely the reason for the buses), and a tour of the "rail terminal transhipping facilities." The Picton station
at left in the photo still stands as part of the C.F. Evans Lumber Company.

Extra 4456

Four units eastbound at Bowmanville.

6770_6775 MLW covered wagons lead their short passenger train near Hamilton.

6501 complete with portable mountain lights, precursors to modern ditch lights. Note angle.
Most likely this is the Super Continental. GMD A631 9/1954

A trio of GMD-1's led by 1074 haul a train of about 21 old coaches leaving Winnipeg on the double track Redditt Sub.
bound for Grand Beach. In 3.6 miles train will branch north at Beach Jct. onto the Pine Falls Sub. Circa 1961
Barry D. Williams

Pool 15 westbound at Brockville.

6703 CLC A unit and a B unit with short passenger train at Copetown. Ron Visockis Collection

RS-18 3878 running extra at Prescott. March 1963 Gary Armstrong/Ron Visockis Collection

Train register for March 16th

This great scene stars a pair of CLC F-M powered C-liners running as Extra 9300 West coming off the High Line about to
pass under Bathurst Street bridge heading towards Mimico Yard. Two Alco powered switchers behind. Bathurst Street yard
at left and Spadina Coach Yard at right. Coal tower in background and beyond Spadina Avenue bridge is Spadina roundhouse
in all its smokey glory! Jim Parker photo with digital restoration by Ron Visockis.

Three builders (CLC, GMD and MLW) of CNR units are represented on Extra 2210 getting orders hooped up.

RS-3 3900 (ex CV 1859 one of two units transferred to CN 1/1958) Alco 80747 9/1954
Mount Royal, Tuesday 6/18/1963. Rod Peterson/Joseph Testagrose Collection

No.81 departing Central Station at 4.40 P.M. to Grenville passing through Mt.Royal.
This was one of the few trains allowed to operate through the tunnel without electric locos.
This was the last RS-3 on CNR. Retired 11/1973

CPA16-5 6700 first of 6 A and 6 B C-Liners leads a short passenger train. Location and date uknown. CLC 2850 12/1954
Joseph Testagrose collection

A brand new FPA-2 6706 leads a short train at Ste Anne, Quebec 5/10/1955. MLW 79197 3/1955
First of 6 A (6706-6711) and 6 B (6806-6811) units. Later renumbered 6750-6755 and 6850-6855
Joseph Testagrose collection

6710 and matching B unit lead a long train leaving Hope, BC 7/1955 Dave Salter/Joseph Testagrose collection

9000 (2nd) leads an extra freight through Bayview Junction. 10/12/1956 George Corey/Joseph Testagrose Collection

9000 (2nd) leads an extra freight in Montreal. 1/1949 Alan Toohey/Joseph Testagrose Collection

GP9 4131 (GMD A1293 10/1957) is exiting Symington yard in Winnipeg MB with a solid train of empty wooden 40-foot boxcars destined to be loaded with grain going to elevators at Thunder Bay ON. 9/15/1963 Peter A. Cox
Note 4100-4133 built with Flexicoil trucks and geared 89 mph. Later changed to Blomberg trucks and 65 mph.

FPA4 6779 leads a MLW and a GMD B unit on a Pool train on CPR. Montreal West 6/26/1962 Peter Cox.

6504 with first diesel powered passenger train through Brockville just coming to a stop. Two views.
Recorder and Times February 8, 1955

6504 FP9A 89 mph gearing. GMD A634 11/26/1954 about to take water. Note hose on the ground.

One year old FP9A 6534 (GMD A1304 5/1958) and a F9B hauling Number 4 Continental.
Turcot West. 6/21/1959 Bob Krone

The engineer of CNR RS-10 3821 is about to snag orders as an outbound freight departs Turcot yard late on a
Sunday afternoon. This train proceeded up the line that connects with the CPR and runs to Joliette and Shawinigan Falls.
November 10, 1957 Bob Krone

Fairbanks-Morse H-16-44 1600 hp unit leads Extra 2217 at Cantic, Que. 10/1962
Last of 18 units. CLC #2879 5/1955 Mat Herson/Joseph Testagrose collection.


Central Vermont


Central Vermont time freight for New London with a pair CLC covered wagons at Amherst, Mass. in a siding.
The train is in the hole for the steam fan trip I was riding between New London and Amherst.
Edward Ozog,
October 14, 1956.

CN Passenger Extra 6772 MLW 1800 hp FPA4 at Island Pond, Vermont. 8/25/1962
J.W.Swanberg/Joseph Testagrose Collection

Extra 4551. Burlington, VT 6/1971 Paul Mc Grane Collection

CV 4551 GP9 in fresh paint, running Extra at New London, CT 6/1/1976 Tim Darnell

CV 451 running Extra 4556 and 4548 GP9's EMD 3/1957 at Palmer, Massachusetts. July 1961.

Grand Trunk Western

GTW 4916_4910_4130 lead westbound Maple Leaf from Dearborn Station in Chicago to Toronto.
Behind it is Santa Fe's Texas Chief just arrived. It would be hauled by covered wagons painted in the famous Warbonnet scheme used only on ATSF passenger trains such as on outbound Grand Canyon (below). June 6, 1962 Bob Krone

ATSF 30C F3A flying green flags leads the Grand Canyon westbound out of Dearborn Station. June 6, 1962. Bob Krone

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