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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Two GP9s left idling on the spur

These geeps were left idling at the end of the CP's Area H industrial spur, no sign of the train crew in sight. 

This afternoon while running errands I stopped in to area H industrial spur (the spur I intend to model in west Toronto) and saw something interesting.

Sitting near the end of the spur, just past the spot where it branches off toward Korex Canada, was a pair of Canadian Pacific GP9s. They were coupled together, sitting there idling with no sign of the train crew in sight.

Here's a google map showing the spot where the locos were sitting. Except ... don't refer to the marker! It's in the wrong spot. They were sitting along the curve near Goodrich Road (just south of Titan Road) where the track curves south to east. 

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Now the industry Korex Canada is at the end of this spur. Two tracks of Korex’s four spur tracks appear to be holding tracks. Korex appears to be a manufacturer of some sort (packaging I think) and I believe the hoppers contain plastic pellets.

This link  contains a shot of Korex from above using You can see the four tracks that serve this industry. Now when I visited today, all four of Korex spurs were jammed with covered hoppers. I’m guessing the two locomotives were sitting there for the purpose of swapping empties for loaded cars as Korex goes through production. They must be busy.

Just seems strange to me that CP would keep two locos sitting at the end of a spur to shift cars around for one customer (although judging by their car turnover, they appear to be a major customer). Anyway it’s something I’ve not seen there before and so I snapped a few shots of the two locos, including the one posted above. Unfortunately I didn’t have my real camera and had to use the crappy one on my cellphone. 

If I’m in the area again this week, I’ll go back to see if the locos are still sitting there. I’d like to see them switch Korex. 

If any Canadian Pacific expert (or employee) has some insight into this, I'd love to hear it and share it. 
Post script: The locomotives were gone by the time I returned the next day. Maybe the train crew was just having lunch. Doesn't look like the cars at Korex have been moved.

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