Wabash in St. Thomas Ontario

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Wabash in St. Thomas Ontario
Posted by Miningman on Sunday, April 01, 2018 3:18 PM

Great old scene...I remember scenes like this from my childhood, I caught the very end of it but am grateful to know. This scene is much older than me but the sights and sounds were much the same into the early 50's, longer on some roads and areas. 

Wabash engines and cars in CNR St. Thomas yard. 1935 ENLARGE 

Note roundhouse left background. Also, narrow gauge "track" behind switch stand for baggage wagon. 

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, April 01, 2018 3:28 PM

Part II Wabash in St. Thomas, Ontario 

 Nice to see things go full circle as this little fellow is back home in St. Thomas after 75 years!

Wabash 51 43-ton 300 HP (Two Cummins HBI-6 150 hp diesel) GE 12496 7/1939 
Retired 12/1960 and sold 1961 to Andrew Merrilees (D) Toronto. 



Merrilees 51 at their yard West Toronto 7/1961. Leased to York Steel in Toronto, later LASCO in Whitby, Ont. 
and finally sold 4/1967 to Atlas Steels in Tracy, Quebec where it was used for about 25 years before going to 
Elgin County Railway Museum in St.Thomas 8/1994.

 

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, April 02, 2018 6:27 PM

Nice eh? Looks very well designed and like it belongs with steam locomotives. 

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 12:39 AM

Looks as if the builders plate is intact after all that time and class designation D-3 painted back on. Nice bell on the far front. Excellent visibility both front and back. 

It is 0.8 km from my house to the College..I could park that fella in my garage (it's diesel) and then park it the bay connected to the school where we have our simulators. Just need to lay 0.8 km of track, good project for the Civil Techs and the Mine techs can help out as well. You know, it's nutty enough up here that you could do it. 

While I'm talking crazy nonsense, how about if this was the epitome of Diesel advancement, it could not go further than this. Steam of course is on Version 50.0 with advancements we cannot even imagine. Exhaust  is pure water vapour, nothing else. Heat source? Di-Lithium Crystals? 

Perhaps in some quantum universe. 

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