|CN 2029, an MLW C-630M locomotive, is leading a westbound freight in front of the London CN/VIA depot on January 05, 1988.
National's 2000-2043 series C-630M locomotives were assembled in
Montreal during 1967/68. Twenty years later, by the time of today's
photo, their visits to Southwestern Ontario were becoming infrequent.
When we did notice them, they were normally in a trailing position
behind one or more General Motors units. So, to find class MF-30b
number 2029 leading a freight at London with a stablemate second up was a
bit of an occasion, from a railfan's perspective. All forty of these
locomotives were retired between 1992 and 1996, with some of them moving
on to second owners. In 1993, a group of eight went to work for Cape
Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, where they retained their CN
numbers and were individually named. The 2029 became the "Sir Richard