Here are two diesels I photographed the other day for anyone interested. I do not know what they are.
Originally Posted by MLW
Thanks. It was nice to actually see a real weathered diesel. I don't often see real trains.
Specifically, these CN GP9s which have been rebuilt and modified are referred to as GP9Rm.
What Chris is referring to is the GP9 originally came out like so :
Unit No: 4106 re# 4366
Location: Spadina-Toronto, ON
Date: July 17th 1976
Photographer: Don Jaworski
It then got "chopped" (and other mods) and became GP9u like the one you saw:
Unit No: 4115 Ex: 4322
Location: Moncton, NB
Date: April 11th 2009
Photographer: Jeremy MacPherson
Depending on the mod (new engine , fuel tanks etc.) it is known as GP9RM
Unit No: 7202 Ex: 4235
Location: Thornton-Vancouver, BC
Date: May 22nd 1986
Photographer: George Carpenter
Last edited by MLW; 11-03-2010 at 02:50 PM.
Yeah, so you're modelling 1974, no chopped nose, and no sgt stripes...
You can get away with GP9s in green and yellow, a handful were still milling around in 1974.
If you could score a copy of Don Lewis' Rail Canada vol 1, it would be right in your era (first printing 1976) and you could see what was getting repainted within a year or 2 of your timeframe...as well as pertinant schemes for you.
Just perusing the book, SWs 1368, 7206, & 7217 in new colours (minus sill stripe) in sept 75, 1772 (RS18lw) in sgt stripes nov 1975, M636 2321 Jul 75, F7s 9162 & 9057 aug 75
Here's an interesting one:
It was a GTW that was painted for CN, rebuilt in the early 90s to dash 2 specs with a new cab and nose. Electrically, it was a dash 2, mechanically, it was a GP9. It had a road number of 4634.
It was sold to ASDX as ASDX 4634,
then became Grafton and Upton 1751.
The Grafton and Upton Railroad is this cool short line that standardized on rehabbed EMD first generation locomotives. In addition to 1751, they have a CF-7 (1500) and a GP9 (1750). They also had an Alco, but it died so they scrapped it. (they initially wanted to repair it, but their only connecting carrier was CSX and they took a look at the friction bearing trucks and said no)
Last edited by diburning; 11-03-2010 at 10:16 PM.
An additional note about CN's GP9 rebuilds;
The 4000/4100 series units were road switcher units, hence the road scheme of the sergeant stripes.
The 7000 and 7200 series units were primarily yard switcher units and were all painted in the switcher scheme (red nose, cab ends and long hood end, "noodle" logo on the long hood - similar to the original 1961 scheme except for the reflective yellow side sill stripe (side sill was white on the 1961 units))
The 7200 series units are all outfitted with connections as slug mothers.