Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kingston, Ontario August-September 1986

















August 26, 1986:

Westbound CN freight No 399 derailed at least eight cars just east of Montreal Street, around Mi. 172 Kingston Sub. Four auto racks (two open, two enclosed), four covered hoppers, and a CN boxcar left the north track, and ended up straddling the Hanley Spur and swamp alongside the Cataraqui River. Power on the train was all MLW: 2555, 2027 and 2322. To facilitate cleanup, the headend of 399 backed into the trackage on the former mainline alignment into the outer station on Montreal Street. (see Top Photo)

An eastbound intermodal was held on Queens track 4, also all MLW-powered: 2000, 2319 and 2569. Late in the afternoon, the Toronto Auxiliary arrived. (see Middle Photo)
The consist was:

5312 - 5194 - 661622 flatcar with panel track - 59110 tie gondola - 57945 flat car with rail - 163747 gondola with ties - 57551 flat car - 50397 auxiliary crane - 59012 crane idler car - 60337 tool/cable baggage car - 57948 hazardous materials equipment boxcar - 43621 generator boxcar - 72909, 59345, 59215 crew accommodation coaches - 78338 end-cupola caboose.

Throughout August and September, VIA corridor consists were varied, including GM and MLW cab units, LRC locomotives and coaches. Here are some sample consists:
August 29:

1932 W

6918 - 5536 - 3242 - 5589 - 612

1943 E

6765 - 9642 - 3248 - 5503 - 5443 - 5513

2044 E

6920 - 3473 - 3341 - 3318 - 3360 - 3475 - 3305 - 3304 - 3302 - 3310 - 3468 - 6916

September 1:

1933 E

6784 - 9613 - ex-CP coach - 2 VIA coaches

1935 W

6918 - Prince Albert Park (deadheading backwards) - 5558 - 5443 - 5503 - 3248 - 9642

September 3:

1944 W

6530 (newly-painted) - 3252 - 5562 - 610
Some typical CN freights from August 29, 1986:


1923 E No 208

2113 - 2310 - 2339 - intermodal - caboose 79870


2037 E No 202

9408 - 9448 - 9425 - 132 cars including CN 672002 depressed-centre flat car - 79525


2106 W No 305

9410 - 2334 - general freight and intermodal - 79700


September 13:

1910 E

4014 (chop-nosed GR-418b) - 3702 - 3128 - 2558 - 3720 - general freight


And locals switching the DuPont nylon plant on Front Road:
August 26

1355 - 79603

September 2

3720

September 29

3731







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