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Lead Locomotive Recording Photo Information
CMQ 2007
EMD GP20D
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:19
photo Date: 2014-10-14
Location: Yard, Sherbrooke, QC
Railroad: CMQ
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
With new ownership of the former MMA line comes new motive power, including a group of EMD GP20D's. Only 40 such units were built, all in June 2000. CEFX GP20D 2007 demonstrates the unique sound of the Caterpillar prime mover as it passes under the Belvedere St. overpass while switching cars in Shebrooke, QC.
CMQ 2007
EMD GP20D
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
4:59
No photo Date: 2014-10-14
Location: Yard, Sherbrooke, QC
Railroad: CMQ
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
Although the 4-stroke Caterpillar 3516 engine has nothing in common with traditional EMD 2-stroke engines, the higher engine RPM combined with the traditional EMD radiator fans creates a sound that could almost be mistaken for a GP38. Here CEFX 2007 shoves a long cut of cars up the grade into the East end of the Sherbrooke yard (working in notch 8), then pulls forward (at 2:20), then reverses into the yard again (3:25).
CMQ 2007
EMD GP20D
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
3:41
photo Date: 2014-10-14
Location: Yard, Sherbrooke, QC
Railroad: CMQ
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
CEFX 2007 continues switching the Sherbrooke yard. In this recording, the engineer (and engine) have their work cut out for them as they stop under the Belevedere St. overpass (at 1:00), then start up again (1:30) pushing a long string of cars into the yard. The train slowly accelerated - not without a bit of wheelslip, evident in the singing rails at the end of the recording.
CN 0
unk.
11 kHz MP3
0:28
No photo Date: 1993-07
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: CN
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Distant echos
The most beautiful horn I've ever heard was in this recording of three unknown CN locomotives, taken in 1993 when I was just seven years old. This is a perfectly-tuned K3L, unfortunately heard through my early speaker-to-microphone recording method. The locomotives, as I remember, were CN Zebra-painted units, but I knew nothing about the different models back then. They were probably GP40-2L(W)'s. The last whistle is very long and not muffled out by engine noise—the train was idling as it was coming downhill from Waterville, Quebec on what is now the St. Lawrence & Atlantic.
CN 1382
GMD SW1200RS
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
2:12
photo Date: 2015-09-12
Location: Exporail, St. Constant, QC
Railroad: --
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: Vintage power
I went to The Canadian Railway Museum (Exporail) in fall 2015 for the "diesel weekend" where all operational diesels were started (with cab tours in each) and there were demonstrations of the turntable and yard switching. Exporail recently acquired a fully operational CN SW1200RS, which has replaced their venerable CN 70-tonner in switching demonstrations. The unit has already been restored in CN's vintage green and gold paint.

This is the first of three recordings of the switching demonstration. The goal was to switch three hopper cars (two CP cars and a CN car) so that the CN car would be moved from the back to immediately behind the locomotive. Here, 1382 pulls the three cars forward from the first siding, then reverses to the second siding to drop off the CN hopper.
CN 1382
GMD SW1200RS
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
1:36
No photo Date: 2015-09-12
Location: Exporail, St. Constant, QC
Railroad: --
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: Vintage power
Part 2 of 3 of the switching demonstration. Here, CN 1382 pulls the two CP hoppers from the second siding (leaving the CN car behind) and shoves them back into the first siding.
CN 1382
GMD SW1200RS
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:59
photo Date: 2015-09-12
Location: Exporail, St. Constant, QC
Railroad: --
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: Vintage power
The switching demonstration concluded with a bang! After pulling the CN hopper forward from the second siding, the crew give the venerable switcher a run-8 start (followed by promptly uncoupling and applying the brakes) to shove the car back into the first siding. The car rolled on its own momentum until being definitively stopped by the two parked CP cars - to the great mirth of the announcer (and several dozen onlookers). I think the switching crew was having a blast too.

The demonstration concluded with the 1382 being reversed back into the siding with the three cars.
CN 3684
MLW RS-18
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
1:06
photo Date: 2015-09-12
Location: Exporail, St. Constant, QC
Railroad: --
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Vintage power
For my trip to Exporail for the fall 2015 "diesel weekend" I was joined by one of my younger railfan friends named Eric. Here, Eric is in the cab of CN 3684, working the throttle, bell and horn with a museum employee, while I recorded from outside. Following the horn blast, I walked alongside the idling 12-251 prime mover.
CN 5359
GMD SD40-2(W)
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:34
No photo Date: 2003-07-06
Location: London, ON
Railroad: CN
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: Running the mainline
CN SD40-2W 5359 and SD50F 5418, passing through Greenway Park in London, Ontario, with a 51-car Westbound evening Intermodal freight. The two run-8 engines sped the train along at over 50 mph (80 km/h) to make the fastest freight train recording I have.
CN 9524
GMD GP40-2L(W)
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:53
No photo Date: 2001-01
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Running the mainline
Is this a CN horn or a CN horn? The Airchime K3L of GP40-2L(W) 9524 blasts out its melodious D# minor calls as four Geeps pull a 61-car SLR freight uphill towards Waterville, QC, with the engines in full throttle, in one of my favourite recordings. A haunting first whistle is a good example of what Canadian locomotive horns have always been famous for, while the long gap between the first and second whistles emphasizes the very pleasing EMD engine sounds. The button-actuated automatic air valve gives the horn a sudden burst of air, resulting in immediate full-blast sound instead of the softer-starting manual systems in older locomotives.

The sounds from the lead unit give way to the characteristic four-stack bark of SLQ GP11 8749, followed by the two loud 645 engines from SLR GP40 3000 and CN GP40-2L(W) 9523. A subtle aspect that makes this recording particularly pleasing is that the turbocharger whines of the locomotives are the same pitch as the horn (strange but true).
CP 3043
GMD GP38-2
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
4:02
photo Date: 2011-07-18
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
CP GP38-2 3043 and GP9u 8226 go about their switching duties in CP's Quebec St. Yard in London, ON.
CP 5648
GMD SD40-2
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:45
No photo Date: 2011-07-18
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
CP SD40-2's 5648 and 5746 ease through the CP Quebec St. Yard in London, ON.
CP 8211
GMD GP9u
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:50
No photo Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
(1 of 4) CP GP9u's 8211 and 8248 switch cars in CP's Quebec St. Yard in London, ON. The first three recordings were taken from the Quebec St. bridge over the tracks. Here, the units approach from the west end of the yard before passing under the bridge.
CP 8211
GMD GP9u
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:38
No photo Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
(2 of 4) The two Geeps make a seoond pass under the Quebec St. bridge from the yard.
CP 8211
GMD GP9u
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
1:03
photo Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
(3 of 4) CP 8211 and 8428 idle immediately under the Quebec St. bridge on the tracks just East of the yard, before moving a cut of cars out of the yard.
CP 8211
GMD GP9u
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
2:09
photo Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
(4 of 4) A final recording of venerable GP9u's 8211 and 8248, taken next to the tracks under the Quebec St. bridge as they continue switching.
CP 8215
GMD GP9u
Digital, 44 kHz MP3
0:48
photo Date: 2011-07-20
Location: Quebec St. Yard, London, ON
Railroad: CP
Horn Type: (No horn blasts)
Category: In the yard
A sound as old as the diesel era! Two elderly CP GP9u's (8215 and 8246) shove a train back into CP's Quebec St. Yard with the characteristic chant of normally aspirated EMD engines. This was recorded on the Quebec St. bridge nearly above the train, creating a guttural sound from the exhaust.
GSCX 3702
EMD GP40
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
1:14
No photo Date: 2000-09
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Distant echos
Going by at 10:00 at night (sounds like it, too) is a train with classic EMD sounds, coming from what sounds like a pair of GP40s and an SLQ M-420 (it was too dark to confirm). The lead unit was GSCX 3702, later painted in SLR colours and numbered 3001. The Canadian tuned Airchime K3HR3 was unique among the ex-B&O GP40's used on the SLR (3001, 3002 and 3003) and was retrofitted when the unit was leased to CN in prior years. The unit had been built with a Leslie S-3L. The first whistle blast produces a spectacular echo over 4 seconds long. The engines were leading SLR train 394, passing at night (5 hours late) due to track work.
GSCX 3702
EMD GP40
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
1:17
No photo Date: 2000-10
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Distant echos
SLR had a total of four GP40's in 2000 - the most powerful units on the line at the time - and all were on this train. Straight GP40 lashups, common in the mid 2000s, were very rare in 2000. The units were crossing the Courval road crossing, at the foot of the Waterville, QC grade, and managing 30 mph. The units were initially in run-6, but increased to run-8 for some spectacular engine sounds. One of the GP40's (likely SLR/LLPX 3000) seemed to be not loading properly, causing a variable turbo whine.
GSCX 3702
EMD GP40
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:42
No photo Date: 2000-11
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Running the mainline
One of my most haunting recordings, taken of a train that I will always vividly remember watching. A winter moon lit up the cold, snow-covered forest near the SLR line, gradually complemented by the glare of the locomotive headlights. Out blasted the echoing Airchime K3H of GSCX GP40 3702 leading a late-running SLR 394 train at Courval Road, at the foot of the 1% Waterville, QC grade.

GP40 3702 led the other GATX-painted unit (3717, later 3002) and two GP38 variations. One was ex-BRC LLPX GP38-2 2232, a common sight on the SLR at the time (along with sister 2231). The other, which only stayed on the SLR for a matter of weeks, was MPEX GP38M-4 2001. The units roared past in notch 8, getting a run for the Waterville grade.

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