Thursday 28 December 2023

Throwback Thursday - All Aboard for Goderich

RLK 1400 was sitting just west of the VIA station in Stratford, Ontario on September 26, 2003.

By Peter Mumby.   

At the time of this photo, September 26, 2003, RLK 1400 was operating in push/pull fashion with ex-Essex Terminal 0-6-0 number 9 on a "Heritage Steam Train" excursion.  The steam loco and passenger equipment belonged to SOLRS (Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society) which at that time operated out of the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas.  On September 25 the equipment had gone to London via the CN Talbot Subdivision.  Earlier on the 26th the F unit had been added to the train at London, then it assisted in moving the consist to Stratford on the CN/GEXR Guelph Subdivision.  Minutes after this picture was exposed, the train headed up the GEXR Goderich Subdivision with the excursionists in tow.

FP9u 1400 was ex-Via 6303.  It had been built in London as CN 6523 in 3/57.  On loan to SOLRS for the above-mentioned series of excursions, it was operating as a Goderich Exeter Railway locomotive.

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