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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, February 10, 2020 10:10 PM

The 'CN 100' logo is painted on.  The round Native relations logo on the side of the nose actually is a sticker, and I suspect they will start peeling off after a couple years.  Just like the EcoConnections ones from 5 or 10 years ago.

I agree that they should have put a lot more effort into this anniversary.  But, then again, this marks 100 years since a bunch of bankrupt railways were nationalized by our Federal government.  The current company does not like thinking about that part of its history.

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, February 10, 2020 10:54 PM

20 units in green and gold, should have leased, refurbished and put 6060 out there on a cross continent wide good will tour, with a train of green and gold. Also another 10 heritage units, Canadian Northern, Grand Trunk, CV and so on. A bit of planning and foresight and some moolah but 100 years only comes once. Cripes it's history and this is how CN wants to be remembered in the history books for future generations. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:29 AM

The thing is, it all depends on who's butts are in the seats at the corporate level.  Some people running a business realize 100 years is a hell of a milestone, it's hard to count on the fingers of two hands how many companys last that long, or longer, and are more than willing to ballyhoo the fact.  

For example, 2020 marks the 120th anniversary of the Lionel Corporation.  They're not making the big deal of it the way they did the 100th anniversary in 2000, but they're also not letting it pass unremarked.  

Others just don't care.  "BFD, what's this quarter's figures like?"  

Just the way it is.

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:34 AM

SD70Dude
then again, this marks 100 years since a bunch of bankrupt railways were nationalized by our Federal government.

He has a point.  What you're actually commemorating now is the kludge, not what Tellier & Co. subsequently made out of the franchise... most of the century later.  That probably accounts for the relative absence of component-road heritage units ... I particularly wanted to see interpretations of the Canadian Northern 'heritage' 

The actual celebrations for the modern CN as a cyanide-radical superpower probably begin sometime in the 2090s.  But they are depressingly likely to have a substantial Hunteresque component...

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:38 PM

Sir Henry Thornton would vehemently disagree, as would I. 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:51 PM

I've always thought this version of CN's paint scheme was the best:

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:59 PM

Ohh.. the bird poop one! It was better than the w.w.w. one. 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:51 PM

Thornton made Canadian National into the original ONE Team (the current slogan management refers to themselves by) out of a bunch of sometimes bitter rivals.  Without his efforts the CPR would probably have acquired at least some choice major parts of the current CN system, with the rest being left as a true government ward. 

Tellier finished what Thornton, 'dieseling Donald' Gordon, Norm MacMillan and Dr. Robert Bandeen started.  Then Hunter came and tried to wreck it all.  Giving Harrison all that authority was Tellier's great mistake, I don't think he knew quite what was about to happen.

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20 units in green and gold, should have leased, refurbished and put 6060 out there on a cross continent wide good will tour, with a train of green and gold. Also another 10 heritage units, Canadian Northern, Grand Trunk, CV and so on.

For the record, this is only part of what I would have done, had I been placed in charge of the 'celebrations'.

I would have to say that this version of the 'zebra stripes' is my favourite CN diesel paint scheme.  As much as I hated running these things, they sure looked great when new:

http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=12881

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Posted by M636C on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 11:44 PM

Penny Trains

I've always thought this version of CN's paint scheme was the best:

 

I recall a cartoon where a crewman looking at a unit with this scheme just outside a wash rack said:

"The black paint has lifted showing the grey primer..."

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:32 PM

1)  Does this come with straws? 

 

2)  Once a magnificient vision, and attained, only to be destroyed. The Milwaukee Road. End of the vision.

 

3)  Baldwin and Union Pacific are not exactly synonymous, as in Baldwin and the Pennsylvania. They threw them a bone however and bought six AS-616's from Baldwin in 1952. They toiled away in yard service in Omaha until Oct 1968 and then they were scrapped. 

 

4)  Leaving on a more humorous note, I see the US Postal Service is about just as good as the Royal Canadian Mail.

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:12 PM

I got one for ya!  Big Smile  What is a common nickname for a yard switcher?  Give up?  Here's the answer!  Laugh

By Basile Morin - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63084672

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:13 PM

Definitely a 'Very Strange Thing' while being educational and demonstrative. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:50 PM

Good one Becky, goats on a goat!  I wonder where that is?

That US Post Office truck in the tree!  The first thing that came to mind was "Are Stan and Ollie in the area?"  

And just to show you how some things don't change...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWJ5pHiLVZM  

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:23 PM

Flintlock76
I wonder where that is?

Laos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Det%E2%80%93Don_Khon_railway

Bit of a rough ride!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, February 21, 2020 9:09 AM

Penny Trains

 

 
Flintlock76
I wonder where that is?

 

Laos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Det%E2%80%93Don_Khon_railway

Bit of a rough ride!

By Christophe95 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79801760

 

Wow.  Ain't nobody gonna run trains on that bridge no more!

Jeez, I wouldn't even WALK on it!

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