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 Post subject: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:28 pm 

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Hi Everyone,

Would anyone have a good picture of the top of one of Via Rail's FP9Arm units with HEP fitted? Specifically a picture looking down on top of the large fan fitted to the space previously occupied by the steam generator?

Units fitted with HEP, 6300, 6302, 6304, 6307, 6308, 6311 and 6313.

It's difficult to model some of these F units because of a lack of decent photos of the roof details.

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 Post subject: Re: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:59 pm 
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I volunteer at the Alberta Railway Museum, where privately owned 6304 and 6311 are currently stored. I'll take some photos and put them up here the next time I am out, weather permitting of course.

Here is their current appearance:

http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=34316

The HEP diesel in these is a Detroit Series 92.

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 Post subject: Re: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:55 pm 

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Thanks.

Those units look spectacular all dressed up in CNR green. They had been in California for a short time if I remember correctly.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:21 pm 

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Wow, those are pretty.


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 Post subject: Re: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:56 am 
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BigBoy 4023 wrote:
Thanks.

Those units look spectacular all dressed up in CNR green. They had been in California for a short time if I remember correctly.

Robert

Yes indeed. While 6311 does not appear to have been operated after being sold by VIA, 6304 had quite the career across the U.S. west coast, and wore multiple paint schemes at different times. It has also been modified to be able to control the dynamic brakes on trailing units, despite not having them itself:

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/65730/

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/135269/

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/113452/

Here are the photos of the HEP genset radiators:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bz6TL ... SHnTYcPs6K

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19LAPf ... ScPIZHfPEB

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Cz2e2 ... ysv_viyk81

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1q1tbl ... Ywm1b23h7G

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rDIDT ... JjV8W6VBUu

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WGOkD ... AUbj2ACqlh

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NEMfW ... 8vXU0KcvDL

And a wide shot of the other equipment sitting around our shop:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XUSts ... zkb-xm22xv

And the interior of 6304, showing how the HEP genset is positioned:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BPMjFqlfYY

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 Post subject: Re: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:25 am 

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Oh yeah! They aren't CNR steam, nor are they FPA4's, but that's the way CNR Diesel locomotive should look! Beautiful.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:49 pm 

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Those pictures are fantastic.

Thanks very much for taking them.

Can I ask what the red thing is inside the large cover over the fan on the one unit? These covers are CN design are they not? I know EMD/GMD had their style. But that looks like what CNR fitted to some units in snow plow service.

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 Post subject: Re: Via Rail FP9ARM Units?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:40 pm 
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Thanks! It was actually quite pleasant up there, I got to enjoy the sun on what will probably be one of our last warm days before winter really hits hard up here.

The red thing is a plastic mop bucket being used as a stack cover.

I am not sure if it was CN or GMD who came up with the large winterization hatch, but it was not applied to all CN's units. It is indeed similar to, but quite a bit smaller than the massive hatches applied to some of the plow service F7's etc later in their careers.

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