By Peter Mumby.
|The CN shop tracks at Rectory St. in London were still in use at the time this photo was taken in the late 1980s.|
photo features CN GP40-2LW number 9575. It was built as a member of CN
class GF -430c by General Motors Diesel in 1972. In this late 1980s
view it is resting in the shop area at Rectory St. in London, Ontario.
locomotive photos tend to be front 3/4 wedge shots. This one
definitely does not fit that classification. I would, however, think of
this as a modeller's shot because of all the interesting details that
are apparent on the rear of the locomotive. Note the flat rear pilot
and the striping arrangement of its paint work. The position of the
re-rail frog and the style of coupler cut lever show up well in the
photo. As well, a number of details help distinguish this GMD-built
unit from its EMD-built counterparts. The shape of the step handrails
is dictated by the vertical, rather than sloped, steps. Number boards
are lacking, and the back-up light is definitely not of the familiar
double horizontal type found on most US-built GM products of the era.
The GP40-2 units built in London for CN featured this single back-up
light, although units 9668-9677, purchased used from GO Transit, had
been built with double vertical lights.