Monday, December 26, 2011

More Details on New NBSR Locomotives

More details have emerged on the "new" locomotives being leased by the New Brunswick Southern Railway. The two engines are HLCX 6200 and 6318, both SD40-2 engines being leased from Helm Financial Services. The engines were delivered by the Alton and Southern Railroad to CSX in St. Louis.

A CSX trace shows them in Duquoin Illinois at 07:50 on December 24, waybilled for Saint John, NB.

Joe Ferguson shot them in Duqoin on December 24. I encourage you to click on the link to the left or on the photo below to see the full image that Joe Ferguson took.
HLCX 6200 and 6318 - photo by Joe Ferguson -

HLCX 6200 is ex Chicago and Northwestern 6822. At one time it had the CNW yellow and black livery before being painted into the hideous purple and blue HLCX livery. There are plenty of photos of HLCX 6200 online. HLCX 6318 also has many photos online.

I hope they are repainted when they arrive in the Maritimes, but given that the other Helm leasers are still wearing the ex-Union Pacific colours, I'm not holding my breath.

What do you think of the Helm colours?

Thanks to Jeremy and Dave Dineen, Jeremy and John J. for the news.

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