Thursday 7 October 2021

Throwback Thursday - CN St Thomas North

BNSF 101 and 579 were sitting in the CN St Thomas North yard on September 03, 2004.

By Peter Mumby.

On September 03, 2004, I followed Norfolk Southern freight number 327 south from London along the CN Talbot Subdivision.  Upon reaching St Thomas, the train curved through the yard and swung onto the Paynes Subdivision for the short trip west to CN Southwold yard.  Here the train of auto parts boxcars was set off for later retrieval by the CN switch crew who would forward them to the Talbotville yard at the St Thomas Ford plant.  327's locomotives then returned light engine to St Thomas yard where they would wait to power the following day's NS 328.

The lead locomotive of 327 that day was BNSF GP60M  number 101. The second unit in this interesting consist was BNSF 579.  Seeing two four-axle diesels on this train was more than a little unusual.  The GP60M had been built in London in May of 1990 as ATSF 101.  I have in my collection a photo of 101 on delivery at CP Quebec St yard on May 16, 1990. 

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