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Robert McDonald's Collection
 
9/22/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Robert McDonald
Dates:7/7/1958 - 7/7/1958
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LetS Go!
Title:  LetS Go!
Description:  Prince Rupert, July, 1958. Crewmembers on motive power for fourth class train 922 (GMD GP-9s 4205+4236+4415) look back to see whats holding up the departure of first class train 196 (GMD SW1200RSs 1279+1280+Steam Generator Car). They need the main to run out to their train. After pumping air and a brake check, theyll follow about an hour behind 196 up the Skeena River. Long shadows are forming just after 1900 hours on a balmy evening in 1958.
Photo Date:  7/7/1958  Upload Date: 10/31/2007 12:48:20 AM
Location:  Prince Rupert, BC
Author:  Robert McDonald
Categories:  Station,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CN 4205(GP9)
Views:  843   Comments: 3
Comparing Time Pieces!
Title:  Comparing Time Pieces!
Description:  Here we see time honored ritual of the conductor and engineer comparing time pieces and train order set. This is real railroading; time tables, train orders, communication whistle signals. Nothing hi-tek. Sometimes referred to as SW1200RS, unit has full m.u. connectors, oversized number boards and Flexicoil trucks. The ditch lights are not yet a factory option. They were bolted to the hand rails, adjusted so the beams, as I recall, crossed 50 feet ahead of unit. Heat and juice for passenger cars provided by the steam generator car behind 1279. Top speed on the Skeena Sub was 45 for passenger trains. Because of the short wheelbase, engines lurched and yawed and crews disliked them. I rode several times in second unit, and it was dramatic! After some months, Geeps took over the varnish.
Photo Date:  7/7/1958  Upload Date: 10/31/2007 12:52:01 AM
Location:  Prince Rupert, BC
Author:  Robert McDonald
Categories:  Station,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CN 1280(SW1200RS)
Views:  877   Comments: 2


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