Thursday 20 February 2020

Throwback Thursday - CN Transfer Vans with a Twist

CN 76673 is showing off its unique paint scheme in the yard at Brantford, Ontario, on July 26, 1993.
By Peter Mumby.
During the 1977/78 time frame, CN acquired in excess of 200 transfer vans.  These were constructed in-house at Montreal's Pointe St-Charles shops.  The two cars illustrated in today's post wore something other than the basic CN paint and lettering scheme.  CN 76673 had been partially repainted in a Test Engineering scheme, and was used for advanced train control test trains.  It was one of the few pieces of rolling stock, either revenue or company service, that wore the 1992-era "CN North America" logo.  Ex-CN 76695 is an example of a car which found a second career after being discarded by the big railway.  It was very tastefully decorated for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo division of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association.

CRHA 76695 is sitting near the E&N roundhouse at Victoria, British Columbia on August 16, 2002.

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