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A milestone in the restoration of LRC #6917

As most of our readers know, the TRHA acquired one of only two remaining LRC locomotives (#6917) through a campaign which raised the necessary funds from many generous donors. This is a uniquely Canadian product that we are committed to restoring as a fully operational locomotive.

The LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) was built by Bombardier (MLW), Alcan and Dofasco in co-operation with CN and later VIA Rail Canada as a higher speed rail option for the busy Quebec City - Windsor Corridor. The locomotives were capable of travel up to 125 MPH (but limited to 100 MPH in service) and powered VIA's Metropolis express train between Toronto and Montreal. These locomotives were a common sight throughout the Corridor from their introduction in 1981 until their retirement in 2001.

Our latest milestone in this project is the installation of 16 new fuel pumps on the Alco 251F 4-stroke, 16 cylinder Diesel engine.  Chris Fox, who maintains full size diesel locomotives, and Michael Guy tackle the installation in the images below.

Posting by Russ Milland; Photos below by Michael Guy

Click on each image for a closer look! 

Chirs Fox at work
The new fuel pump
Michael Guy at work

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