Sunday, December 27, 2009

Into the fire

CN 8861 and 5685 pull a string of loaded steel coal cars into the thaw shed to be heated before they enter the rotary dumped. These cars are just about a thing of the past as the current standard is the larger-longer aluminum style. The draw back to the aluminum car is they don't fit Ridley Terminals older rotary dumper so they have to uncouple each car before the get rolled in the dumper. Take a close look at 8861, notice the red lights over the windshields, CN is starting to use distributed power on some of their longer trains and are replacing fred's with a locomotive at the end of the train.

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