Field Trip: Vintage Diesels on the Ontario Southland Railway
|The 60 Year Survivor|
"These images were shot in June 2013, shortly after the OSR restored their recently purchased cab unit #6508 for shortline freight service. For a picture of the unit in the original CNR paint scheme, click here.
The 60 Year Survivor (above):
Some diesel locomotive designs are timeless, such as the second locomotive in this consist, OSR (Ontario Southland Railway) #378, a typical EMD 1951 built GP7. The lead unit #6508, a GMD 1954 built FP9u “Cab” unit, is exceptional rare to seen in operation, as these were built primarily to replace steam locomotives on passenger trains, and most scrapped except a few retired to museums. After a career with CNR, then VIA, it was restored to vintage CNR colours by the Waterloo-St Jacobs Railway.
OSR 6508 Woodstock (below):
Just West of CP siding Coakley, the mainline crosses Ontario's Thames River. The view is from Highway 59. I was quite fortunate to have the sun pop out momentarily for this shot on an otherwise overcast day.
OSR 378 Beachville (below):
Originally, #6508 was at the East end of the power consist, with #378 facing West."
Posting by Russ Milland; Images by Dave Howard
Click on each image for a closer look!
|OSR 378 Beachville|
|OSR 6508 Woodstock|