|In this view, BM 1270 is working the freight house in Woodstock, Ontario. Check out those CP Express trucks in the background! Bill Shaw photo, August, 1966.|
Observations by Peter Mumby,
with Photos from the Gord Taylor Collection
George's White River Division layout is set in a time (the 1950s) and a place (south/central New England) where Canadian Pacific and Boston and Maine shared trackage, trains, locomotives, crews, and operations in general. If we jump ahead a few years (roughly 1966-1974) we can again find CP and B&M power intermingling, this time on the CP mainline through Southern Ontario, Canada. This was no shared operation, however; CP was experiencing motive power shortages, and was leasing locomotives from a variety of sources. First generation ALCo/MLW road units were being retired, and new orders from MLW and GMD were not arriving quickly enough to cover all assignments. Simultaneously, BM was experiencing a downturn in carloads, so economics dictated that surplus power be put to work wherever a dollar could be earned.
The attached group of photos from the Gord Taylor collection provides a representative sample of the B&M locomotives that held down CP yard or road assignments during the period in question. For additional research, your homework assignment is to look up the article "Minuteman Power in Canada" by Bruce P. Curry in the B&M Bulletin, Volume XVIII, No. 4.
|B&M 1515 is resting between assignments on one of the shop tracks at CP's Quebec Street Yard in London, Ontario. May, 1972.|
|BM 1565 shows off its faded maroon paint at Montreal, May 19, 1974. Michael McIlwain photo.|
|B&M 1569 is positioned on the Quebec St shop track in London on May 18, 1974.|