GMDH1 still operating in Alberta

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GMDH1 still operating in Alberta
Posted by Miningman on Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:45 AM

SemCAMS un-numbered unit. GMD 800HP GMDH1 A1811 9/1959 & 5/1961
Kaybob November 8, 2010 Tim Stevens 

Built 9/1959 as GMD 800 demonstrator. Rebuilt 5/1961 and sold to ERCO. Resold 10/1973 
through S.G.Paikin (D) as PSPX 85 to Limestone Quarries 3-6902 
Sold 9/1978 it became Raritan River Steel Co. 3, Perth Amboy, N.J.,
then 1/1981 to Hudson Bay Oil & Gas which became
AMOCO Canada Petroleum Co. 3, Kaybob, Alberta. 
2000 became SemCAMS

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:36 AM

Well that's amazing, that GMDH1 is a New Jersey expatriate like I am!

I suppose as rakish and zoomy-lookin' as it is it just wasn't "street-legal" for the Jersey Turnpike!

Suprising though, Jersey exiles usually head south.  Whistling

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Posted by SD70Dude on Sunday, July 28, 2019 12:53 PM

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

That plant does not load sulphur trains anymore, and the locomotive has been out of use for the last couple years.  It is still there, as the plant has not made a firm decision on the future of their rail operation. 

There is a small movement afoot by a couple of well-placed people to have it donated to a certain local railway museum if SemCAMS decides to dispose of it, but nothing has happened yet.

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:46 PM

Thanks for the update Bob. Now that Museum wouldn't happen to be you fellas would it?  

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Posted by SD70Dude on Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:02 PM

Yes it would.  For now it's only a faint hope but I've got my fingers crossed!

Also note the prill tower in the background of your photo.  Those are now illegal to construct (at least for sulphur) due to the large amount of dust they produce, which acidifies the surrounding soil.

I'm not intimately familiar with Kaybob, but other plants in Alberta have to spread lime on the surrounding forest or everything will die.  Just like Sudbury before the SuperStack.

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

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