Saturday, June 24, 2006

CP 8217

Here are some photos of CP 8217, the power for the CP TEC (track geometry) train that passed through New Brunswick this past week. 8217 is a GP9 built in 1954, with a 1750 horsepower engine. The engineer told me it was one of the most uncomfortable engines he's ever driven. The seat is not adjustable so it was pressing into the backs of his thighs and turning his legs numb. From the outside you could see the nose bouncing a little bit as the engine idled.

CP 8217

CP 8217
CP 8217

It looks pretty normal inside. There's nothing to indicate it's pulling the TEC train except for some writing above the engineer's window.
CP 8217 cab
CP 8217 cab
If you can't read it, the writing says "TEC: 60 MPH max, 35 testing, 25 reverse"

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