CN RS-18s 3712 3656 and a leased C&O GP9 6060 arrive at Halifax
Intermodal Terminals with a container train from Montreal in June 1975.
CN C-630M 2015 & M-636 2328
haul train #701
with about 50 loaded gypsum cars from the mine at Milford to the dock
Dartmouth, NS on 27 October 1987. By February 2000, 80 car trains were
usually hauled by 2 SD75Is or occasionally Dash 9s or ES44DCs.
2:30 pm on 25 January 1981 CN M-636 2324 with C-630Ms 2029 &
are near the end of their journey to Halifax from Moncton with 99 cars
on train #306 at Windsor Junction.
this CN C-630M/M-636 combination the M-636 2322 is leading 2042 on a
westbound container train (single stack) just west of Windsor
Junction in late March 1979.
occasionally used C-424s on fast freights but 10 units went to
Mexico in 1978 and others were retired in the early 1980s. Here C-424
3223 and M-420s 2505 & 2528 head a container train out of
Halifax past Fairview shops on the evening of 24 June 1974.
2550 & M-636 2334 haul a long train of empty grain cars up the
Bedford hill at 13:05 on 7 February 1980.
2100 M-636 2317 and an unidentified C-630M begin their journey
with a container train from Halifax Ocean Terminals on a July
1982 evening. The HR-616 is a full carbody unit with
Taper and was
MLW/Bombardier's final main-line locomotive design. Only 20 were built,
all in 1982 for CN, and all were retired after a very short life.
2100 is seen again at Dartmouth on 5 February
1998. By now the
horns on this and many other CN locomotives have been moved away
from the cab roof because they made the cab too noisy.
In the 1970s GM units were
unusual in the Halifax area but occasionally a GP35, GP40, GP40-2W or
GP38-2s would be pressed into service but SD40s were rare. On
June 1974 GP38-2 5547 and GP40-2W 9443 are at Fairview shops, Halifax.
7 June 1980 SD40s 5038 & 5042 with GP40 4014 GP40
Rockingham yards, Halifax, with a container train at 18:35.
5298, M-636 2332 & SD40-2W 5296 cross the Tantramar Marshes
Fort Beausejour with an eastbound container train at 14:30 on 16 August
the late 1980s GM units and then GE units became more common. Here
we see three units at Dartmouth on 28 April 1995. CN 5369 is an SD40-2
which was previously operated by Union Pacific. Behind it is leased LMS
GE C40-8 727 and CN Alco/MLW RSC14 1750.
CN6000 is a SD40u (rebuilt by AMF and
now referred to as an SD40-3)
also coincidentally with leased LMS 727. They are bringing a snow
delayed train #106 into Rockingham yards (Halifax) on 15 February 1996.
turning on the turntable, SD50 5405 is being added to the power for an
outgoing freight at Fairview shops on 4 April 1999.
and a sister haul loaded gypsum train # 701 as it approaches
Windsor Junction on 20 February 2003.
5555 is the third unit behind Dash 8 2447 and Ontario
SD40-2 1730 as it leaves Rockingham yards en route for the Halifax
Ocean terminals on 20 September 2002. The Fairview Cove (Ceres)
container terminal is in the background.
Dash9-44CW 2625 & SD75I 5752 prepare to leave Rockingham yards
with train #121 on the evening of 22 August 2006.
5784 & 5796 have just left Rockingham yards and are
passing Prince's Lodge with a westbound container train on 6
8818 & 8834 assemble their train at Halifax Ocean Terminals on
January 2008 while a third SD70M-2 8817 leads rebuilt VIA 6400 and
unrebuilt 6405 and train # 15 out of Halifax station. Unlike th 8000
series of SD70M-2s these units were built with distributed power
controls - hence the red lights beside the number boards.
|3) GE units
2410 & 2407 are westbound at Rockingham with a container train
from Halifax Ocean Terminals. There are about to pick up more
containers from the Fairview Cove Container terminal before collecting
the train orders and leaving for Montreal & Toronto
in May 1990. The Dash 8 units were first delivered to Atlantic
were not liked, perhaps because of the new desk control stands,
and were later moved to Western Canada. However, despite this,
several of the leased LMS GE units operated in Atlantic
Canada as seen in earlier pictures. Since 1997 LMS
units (now CN/IC) are rarely seen in Halifax. Occasionally
since the takeover of BC Rail their Dash 8 locomotives which were an
add-on to the CN order have brought freight trains into Halifax.
train #148 approaches Windsor Junction on 23 March 2007 with Dash 9-44CW 2516,
SD70I 5611 and UP SD40-2 3620.
ES44DCs 2220, 2247 & 2239 lead train #148 at Sandy Cove West on 22
October 2007. Note the two red lights to the edge of the nose which
indicate that the locomotive is equipped for Distributed Power
2281 is operating in distributed power mode near the middle of
train #120 as it enters Rockingham yards on 14 January 2010 lead by SD70M-2s 8872 &
4) Leased Locomotives
leased many locomotives from leasing firms including LMS, GCFX, MPI,
Leasing and Helm Leasing and from other railroads (some on horsepower hour pay back).
In addition units from
other CN lines including GT, DWP and IC have worked through to Halifax
1972 CP operated the Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) from an
interchange with CN at Windsor Junction to Yarmouth. There was also a
branch from Windsor to Truro. The DAR also had running rights on CN to
Halifax. The track was mainly light rail with a fine sand-like
ballast and so only GM RS1200RS locomotives were used.
trains were hauled by two or three locomotives which
were meticulously maintained at the shops in Kentville. Until
when the mixed train from Truro to Windsor was cancelled most freight
was interchanged with CN at Truro. Later freight was collected from
Halifax or Rockingham and then service was cut back to Windsor Junction.
In the early 1990s the lines from Yarmouth to New Minas
and from Mantua to Truro were abandoned.
1994 all the DAR trackage was sold to the Windsor & Hantsport
Railway Company (WHRC) but they have gradually stopped service to New
Minas and to Windsor Junction . In 2010 what was probably the last
train ran between Mantua and Hantsport and all operations shut down.
For more information see our books Dominion
Atlantic Railway - the final 25 years and Windsor
& Hantsport Railway 1994 - 2010, our DVDs
on the Windsor & Hantsport Railway and our webpage on Shortlines
in Nova Scotia.
RS1200RS 8139, 8134 & 8137 are hauling this freight
alongside the Cornwallis River as it approaches
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