Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko

Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko

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Grand Trunk Western Power In Color Volume 2 2nd generation power by S Timko
 
Grand Trunk Western Power In Color by Stephen M. Timko    Volume 2 Second Generation Power
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket  Morning Sun Books
128 pages
Copyright 2017
CONTENTS
VOLUME 2
Second Generation Power
Modern GTW Timeline  4
GP355
GP408
GP40-213
GP3824
GP38-226
GP38AC71
GP38AC's on the Central Vermont Railway74
SD4094
SD40-2115
SD40-3118
SD38P122
The SD38's Move to Northeastern Pennsylvania     126
In completing the Grand Trunk Western Power in Color series, we take a detailed look at the second-generation motive power of the line. We visit a mundane roster of 30 SD4O's received in 1969 and 1970 and 37 GP38-2's (1978 and 1980) and GP-38AC's, a somewhat rare model, in 1971. During this period, the Trunk's GP9's and GP18's supplemented the 67 second-generation units on all freight runs.
Variety in the roster began to appear in 1980 with the purchase of the Detroit & Toledo Shore Line but that brought only 16 first-generation GP7's, SW7's, and SW9's (see Grand Trunk Western Power in Color, Volume I). Also in 1980, GTW assumed control of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad, blending their fleet of nearly 70 second-generation units (and a small number of first-generation units) into the GTW roster. New models such as GP35, GP38, GP40, GP40-2, and SD38's were introduced to the Trunk's shop forces. Secondhand motive power started to arrive in 1980 in the form of a dozen former Rock Island GP38-2's. In 1985, a half-dozen more of that model arrived from the Little Giant, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, who faced a major decrease in traffic due to the downturn in the steel industry. (That decline would ultimately lead to the road being taken over by the CSX in 1992.) Parent Canadian National loaned out 29 Canadian-built GP38-2's from time to time, leasing some, and reassigning others to the GTW. These units, #5502-5530 and 35 former Union Pacific (nee-Missouri Pacific) GP38-2's, brought the GTW roster to nearly 100 of the model, depending on the location and time of the CN leasers.
As power pools and run-through power (power by the hour) became popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, GTW opted for additional secondhand power in the form of eight former UP/MP SD40-2's on a lease-purchase arrangement through Helm leasing. The last second-generation motive power acquisition for GTW was 19 SD4O's, new for Canadian National and rebuilt to SD40-3 specifications by Alstom in Montreal, PQ. Prior to coming to the GTW, they were jointly owned and operated by CN and KCS. CN purchased them outright on April 1, 2001, and in 2002 the units became GTW 5938-5956.
Let's embark on our journey through the colorful all-EMD period of GTW motive power. We'll see Rock Island blue and white, P&LE black and gold, UP and MP Armour yellow, DT&l orange and red, and even former KCS gray and yellow. Thank you for joining us!
Stephen Timko, December 2016

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