St.Thomas, Ont. and Jumbo with a Caboose

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 11:42 AM

You know, I wouldn't change the name "Canadian Pacific,"  that's a grand old name with a lot of incredible history behind it. 

And the CP story is as epic as anything in railroad history.

"Stand fast, Craigallechie!"  What other railroad has a Scottish battle-cry as a motto?  You can almost hear the pipes and the claymores being drawn from their scabbards. 

As an aside, a "Highland Charge" executed by the "Black Watch" was the only thing that would send American Indian braves running in terror.  What does THAT tell you?

And I wouldn't worry about Americans being nervous over those CN locomotives being harbingers of an invasion from the north.  Most Americans don't pay attention to what's on the side of a diesel locomotive, any more than they're paying attention to the "Game of Thrones" sillyness going on in Washington right now. 

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:15 PM

Wayne--.You are perfectly right about the Canadian Pacific. Leave it be, anything else would be so wrong. 

The CNR has a fine and proud and important history and did a magnificient job as an arms length Crown Corporation. It's day has passed now. Still think it should now be simply the Grand Trunk. 

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, May 09, 2019 1:54 PM

Elephant above the headlight and a Dog on the running board! My kind of folks!

GT 287 with an elephant atop the headlight. It is said many Jumbo engines (likely 4-4-0's assigned locally) had this carving. 
Workers and officials are all gathered for their photograph for this unknown occasion and date. Note the child and dog! 
This commemorates Jumbo the elephant killed September 15, 1885 in St.Thomas by GTR 88 on train number 151. 
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 7:05 PM

Holy smoke, I didn't know there was a Coney Island elephant!

How does Mike come up with this stuff?

The only one I ever heard of was "Lucy, The Margate Elephant," a Jersey Shore landmark since 1881.  Never dreamed there was another one.

Anyway, here's Lucy's story...

https://weirdnj.com/stories/lucy-the-elephant 

  

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, May 10, 2019 10:06 AM

Consider some of the impressive names of CN predecessors:  Grand Trunk, Canadian Northern, National Transcontinental, Intercolonial, Grand Trunk Pacific.  Which one would you choose to replace Canadian National??

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, May 10, 2019 11:32 AM

Why not use all of them?

Grand Northern Inter-Transcontinental & Pacific Trunk Line Railway Company of Canada has a nice ring to it!

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, May 10, 2019 11:33 AM

Miningman

Now what to do with Canadian Pacific .. some kind of CanAm or AmCan or Pan- something but after a merger, if that's possible. 

Too much thinking. 

I agree you have out-thunk yourself.

Canada Southern is the obvious choice!

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, May 10, 2019 3:58 PM

CASO! Did someone say CASO? Ok bring it on.

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Posted by AgentKid on Friday, May 10, 2019 6:37 PM

SD70Dude
Grand Northern Inter-Transcontinental & Pacific Trunk Line Railway Company of Canada has a nice ring to it!

LaughBig Smile

Reminds me of something I read once, if CSX tried to make a name out of all of its' predecessor roads, you couldn't fit it all on the side of a locomotive even if you used a typewriter sized font!

I proposed here once that I liked Canadian Northern. I also liked the idea of using the Northern Alberta Railway reporting mark to make the North American Railway.

Bruce

 

So shovel the coal, let this rattler roll.

"A Train is a Place Going Somewhere"  CP Rail Public Timetable

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, May 10, 2019 11:16 PM

AgentKid

I proposed here once that I liked Canadian Northern. I also liked the idea of using the Northern Alberta Railway reporting mark to make the North American Railway.

Some else has snapped up the NAR reporting mark, around 5 years ago I started seeing brand new black tank cars with those initials.

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, May 10, 2019 11:31 PM

AgentKid
Reminds me of something I read once, if CSX tried to make a name out of all of its predecessor roads, you couldn't fit it all on the side of a locomotive even if you used a typewriter sized font!

All you need is Chessie Family Lines, with additional dishes for Peake and the kids.

We can discuss adding purple and a graphic wave, etc, to the classic Chessie livery.

Heritage units could be fun ... remember, the 'originals' include a German 1-A-A-A-A-1 in ACL livery.

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