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LLPX 2231
EMD GP38-2
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:34
No photo Date: 2001-02
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Nathan M3
Category: Light work
This was the first train I saw with the "yellowbird" LLPX GP38-2's that the SLR leased in 2001. Three such units were dead-in-tow behind LLPX GP38-2 2231 and SLQ M-420 3519. As the train inched over the crossing at slow speed, the engineer went from notch 1 to full throttle and gave me a wild greeting on the horn.
LLPX 2232
EMD GP38-2
11 kHz MP3
0:24
photo Date: 2000-06
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Nathan M3
Category: Light work
Leased power running in notch 5 in June 2000. The beep-beep after the engines had passed was the first such greeting I got from an SLR engineer, and it later become commonplace. The horn is a Nathan M3R2 with a very quiet top note.
LLPX 2232
EMD GP38-2
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:37
No photo Date: 2000-10
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Nathan M3
Category: Running the mainline
To my great surprise, this late afternoon freight had mid-train locomotives. Most likely, it was the result of sticking together the two eastbound freights of the day. On the point were two Geeps, leased LLPX GP38-2 2232 and SLQ GP11 8749. After the 50th car or so came four more Geeps: LLPX GP40's 3702, 3733 and 3000, and LLPX GP38-2 2231. I was so surprised to suddenly see this that I snapped a picture or two (which didn't turn out) and unfortunately didn't record the four helpers.
SLQ 3517
MLW M420(W)
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
0:32
photo Date: 2001-05
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Light work
MLW M420(W)s 3517 and 3579 ease along a short Intermodal freight in the twilight of the MLW era. The engineer yelled a greeting out the window, just audible over the grumbling engines.
SLQ 3578
MLW M420(W)
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:55
photo Date: 2001-03
Location: South of Lennoxville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Light work
Lots to hear in this recording: clear bell and horn sounds from 3578, grumbling engine sounds from both lead units (3517 was following) and a ''whoo-hooo!'' from the conductor! I can't help but smile at the crew's sense of humour. Also visible in the photo (link) is the roll of toilet paper they threw out the window! The whole train (only 18 cars) was recorded.
SLR 805
EMD RM-1
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
1:03
photo Date: 2005-06-06
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K5LA
Category: Riding the brakes
Talk about whining! Seven locomotives—RM-1 805, GP40-3 3805, RM-1 804, GP40-3 3804, RM-1 806, GP40-3 3806 and GP40 3206—hold back the 121 cars of a late-running Westbound 393 freight easing down the grade from Waterville, QC. GP40 3206 is the source of the peculiar fluctuating whining sound, a result of a minor problem with the control system of the dynamic brake fan. This was another horn greeting from the SLR crew.
SLR 3209
EMD GP40X
Analog, 44 kHz MP3
1:22
photo Date: 2002-07-24
Location: South of Lennoxville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Nathan P5
Category: Running the mainline
GP40X 3209 and GP40s 3001 and 3203 at the same location as two days earlier. The relatively past pace of the locomotives (30 mph or so) belied the 85 car-freight stretched out behind.
SLR 3803
EMD RM-1
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
1:03
No photo Date: 2004-01-29
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K5LA
Category: Uphill battle
This was the first train I saw powered solely by SLR slug sets. The consist was GP40-3 #3803, RM-1s #805 and #804, and GP40-3 #3806 managing 20 mph on a late-running, 65-car 394.

The very long gap between the sound of the locomotives whining reveals the two near-silent RM-1s in the middle. The horn of #3803 is a K5LA that was suffering the effects of snow partially clogging some of the bells.
SLR 3804
EMD GP40-3
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:21
photo Date: 2004-05-06
Location: South of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K5LA
Category: Light work
Short but sweet. As GP40-3 3804, RM-1 804, GP40-3 3806 and GP40 3001 exit Waterville, QC, with train 394, the engineer blows a horn greeting, seeing me taking pictures. The relatively short freight was an easy pull for the engines in mid-throttle.
SLR 3806
EMD GP40-3
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:59
No photo Date: 2004-02-06
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Nathan P5 (2 bells silent)
Category: Running the mainline
Another greeting from the engineer. GP40-3 #3806 leads RM-1s #804 and #805 and GP40-3 #3803 on a 57-car train 394. Snow had clogged the #1 and #5 bells of the P5 horn on #3806. The horn is so discordant when fully functional that it almost sounds better without these two bells.
SLR (LLPX) 3002
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
1:07
photo Date: 2003-06-21
Location: South of Lennoxville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Leslie S-3L, RS-3L
Category: Running the mainline
This was one of the first of many trains I saw later where the engineer had elaborate fun with the horn, seeing me taking pictures. The train was led by GP40's 3002, 3004 (the source of the turbo whine) and 3208.
SLR (LLPX) 3205
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:52
photo Date: 2002-05-15
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Leslie S-3L, RS-3L
Category: Running the mainline
A train led by a five-unit set of GP40s roars towards Waterville, QC in run-8, taking advantage of a local speed restriction having just ended. Another short horn greeting from the engineer.
SLR (LLPX) 3205
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:56
photo Date: 2002-08-26
Location: South of Lennoxville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Leslie S-3L, RS-3L
Category: Light work
A minute after the previous recording, GP40s 3205 and 3207 pass with their short train towards Courval Road North of Waterville, QC. The engineer greeted me with the bell.
SLR (LLPX) 3206
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
1:07
photo Date: 2003-09-05
Location: Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K3L, K3H
Category: Uphill battle
This was the first time I discovered the short but steep grade entering Waterville, QC, which later became one of my favourite trainspotting locations. This is the sound of GP40s 3206, 3211 and 3206 headed upgrade at 18 mph with 70 cars in tow. While I was amazed at how the units were slowed by the grade at the time, I later came to expect other trains cresting the grade in single-digit speed. Icing on the cake was a series of friendly horn blasts from the engineer.
SLR (LLPX) 3208
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:42
photo Date: 2003-07-13
Location: South of Lennoxville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K5LA
Category: Running the mainline
A veritable horn concert coming from a friendly SLR crew. GP40 3208, GP40 3211 and LLPX GP38-2 2260 are in charge of a 63-car freight.
SLR (LLPX) 3208
EMD GP40
22 kHz MP3
44 kHz WAV
0:53
photo Date: 2004-01-12
Location: North of Waterville, QC
Railroad: SLR
Horn Type: Airchime K5LA
Category: Running the mainline
Another enthusiastic greeting from an SLR crew made for an upbeat beginning to 2004 trainspotting. What sounds like an attempt at "Jingle Bells" on the horn turned into a series of short blasts. GP40 3208, GP38-2 2260 and GP40s 3207 and 3203 make light work of the 54 cars following.

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