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Officials Inspect New England Freight Route Upgrades


NEW ENGLAND CENTRAL AND PROVIDENCE & WORCESTER officials hosted their counterparts from Canadian National on an office car special on February 7, 2012, which ran between St. Albans, Vt., and Worcester, Mass., via the Willimantic, Conn., interchange to showcase


their route between the Boston metro area and Montreal. NECR GP38 No. 3857 led P&W GP38-2 No. 2008 and heater car 668, P&W coaches Connecticut and Massachusetts, and Canadian National theater car Sandford Fleming through Millers Falls, Mass., on NECR rails.


Electro-Motive Diesel


LONDON PLANT TO BE SHUTTERED: On February 3, 2012, Caterpillar, Inc,. an- nounced that it would permanently close the former General Motors Diesel Division locomo- tive assembly plant in London, Ontario, owned by its Progress Rail Services subsidiary. The facility had been shut down since January 1 after Electro-Motive locked out more than 450 union workers who had refused to accept the company’s final contract offer, which reported- ly would have cut wages and benefits by 50 per cent (see RAILNEWS, March 2012). The plant was opened in 1950 by General


SMS Adds General Electric Units to Roster


SMS Rail Lines of Bridgeport, N.J., has added a pair of General Electric B23-7s to its roster, which had previously been composed of its well-known Baldwin fleet plus a few EMD’s. Ex-Na- tional Railway Equipment (NREX) 4211 and 4212 still wear their Santa Fe paint and former BNSF Railway numbers; they were built in 1978 as Santa Fe 6354 and 6355. Assigned to SMS’s New York operation over former Delaware & Hudson trackage between a connection with Cana- dian Pacific at Delanson and the Northeastern Industrial Park in Guilderland Center, the “sis- ters” crossed Bozie Hollow Road eastbound with loaded auto racks on January 12, 2012.


24 APRIL 2012 • RAILFAN.COM


Motors to build locomotives designed by its Electro-Motive Division for the Canadian mar- ket. In response to its plummeting market share, in 1992 EMD closed the main assembly building at its LaGrange plant in McCook, Ill., and moved final assembly to the smaller facili- ty in Ontario. (While the erecting shop was de- molished in 2000, LaGrange continues to build engines, turbochargers, electrical equipment, and other components, and also is home to the research department). Then in April 2005 GM sold EMD to Greenbriar Equity Group and Berkshire Partners, which renamed the newly-independent company Electro-Motive Diesel, and it was again sold to Progress Rail in August 2010. In late October 2011 Progress/EMD opened a new, much larger assembly plant staffed by


DEAN SPLITTGERBER


KEVIN BURKHOLDER


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