Saturday, January 05, 2008

CN Engine on VIA 15

Friday's VIA 15 left Halifax with CN 8817 (SD70-2M) on the head end, leading VIA 6400 and 6405. Apparently 6400's air reservoir froze, so a line was run from 8817 bypassing the two VIA locomotives to the train consist. The water in the Renaissance cars is operated by air supplied by the locomotives. The doors and steps are also operated by air.

Luc Doiron spotted reported VIA 15 by Rogersville at about 1930 with VIA 6410, 6400 and 6405 but without the CN engine, which was taken off at Moncton.

Geoff Doane has a nice shot of the train near Halifax.


Phil Ross shot 8817 beside VIA 15 in Moncton later on.


Click on the photos for larger views!

EDIT: Luc is in Montreal; he was told by someone else about VIA 15's passing!

4 comments:

Luc D. said...

"Luc Doiron spotted VIA 15 by Rogersville at about 1930 with VIA 6410, 6400 and 6405 but without the CN engine, which was taken off at Moncton."

I'm in Montreal, Steve! I work for CN here as Conductor! I had my "sources" telling me it went by Rogersville. Although, I wish I was out there to see that train!

Luc D said...

rite on Steve! Just thought I'd mention that, before emails start piling up in my inbox wondering what I was doing home without telling anyone!! Take it easy bud!

drc35 said...

I was listening to the local nbec chatter during the storm and I heard them say the 15 was pushing snow up to the headlight the day before and wasnt able to do more than 20mph and less in certain areas?

Train Geek said...

I don't doubt that, drc35, there was quite a bit of snow around and no plows out! :)