Thursday, 30 March 2023

GMD Recollections - North to Alaska

Appropriately enough, there were flurries in the air as ARR 4001 was on view on Jan. 05, 2000.  Note the stylized North Star and Big Dipper located high on the hood above the "KA" in the road name.
By Peter Mumby.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s it was not at all unusual to find new units from GMD occupying the shop tracks at CP's Quebec St Yard in London, Ontario.  They would generally sit there for several hours before being retrieved by the power from the next Chicago-bound freight.  What made the situation of ARR SD70 MAC 4001 somewhat different is that it stayed around for the best part of four days.  This allowed for photography in a number of different contexts and lighting situations.

Following delivery each of the new locomotives was given an individual name; 4001 was dubbed the "Spirit of Alaska."

CP 5607 and a GMD unit in primer paint had joined 4001 by Jan 08, 2000.

Skies were clear on Jan 07, 2000.

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