Long-time Winnipeg resident BNSF 2756 headed south to the USA for its yearly maintenance and checkup on Wednesday. Green and white GP39V BNSF 2968 has replaced it. I have yet to see BNSF 2968 but I did catch BNSF 2756 on its way out, quite by accident.
I had stopped by Portage Junction Wednesday afternoon with the hope of seeing some action. I saw CN 5726 was in the Fort Rouge yard with another engine behind it, but I couldn't see the engine coupled onto 5726. The roofline looked a bit odd.
Soon after I arrived, CN 2450 led a westbound freight train through Portage Junction. I took a few shots of CN 2450, the sole power on the grain train. I don't know what happened to this side of the engine but it definitely stands out.
I shot CN 2450 one other time, November 20, 2010, and it had the same "mark" then, so it is not new.
As CN 2450's train rolled on past on the south track, an eastbound CN intermodal came up on the north track. I didn't catch the engine numbers but it was quite a long train. Once the last grain car went through the Junction, CN 5726 pulled out and began shunting. Much to my surprise, BNSF 2756 was the second unit!
These two were the power for train CN 532 to Emerson. BNSF 2756 was online and rumbling away as they put their train together.
I couldn't stay to watch CN 532 leave, but I was glad to get a few parting shots of 2756.
Later, I caught CP 1532 and CP 8205 working the Fort Whyte area with some covered gondolas.
Finally, I saw CN 8898 leading CN 2440 and an eastbound train near mile 10 of the CN Rivers subdivision.
BNSF 2756 has been the Winnipeg engine for almost a full year. It came in mid-January 2011.