SAINT-CONSTANT, Quebec—Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, has taken delivery of diesel-electric locomotive CN 7300. This fully functional yard engine will be used to move rolling stock to prepare new exhibitions, present railroad demonstrations and pull the passenger train that offers visitors a fun ride on Sunday afternoons.
Since its opening, the Museum has acquired a number of historic pieces of equipment from CN for its collection of national interest. CN regularly supports the Museum’s efforts to preserve, enhance and promote Canada’s railway heritage.
Exporail’s executive director, Marie-Claude Reid, is delighted with CN’s latest contribution as it provides a reliable replacement for its old CN 30 locomotive, which finally ended its career after 30 years of loyal service to the Museum.
Designed for use on non-main tracks and yard switching duty, locomotive CN 7300 was built in London, Ontario, by General Motors’ railway division in 1960. Rebuilt in 1987 at CN’s Point St. Charles shops, it was retired from service then completely overhauled in 2014. The locomotive is a type SW1200 RSm (class GS-412a for CN), and is equipped with two twin-axle trucks. Its engine develops 1,200 horsepower, which is more than enough for yard and non-main line service. This flexible and efficient yard locomotive is typical of the equipment used by CN on non-main lines throughout Canada.
Reid is also pleased CN has confirmed it is providing substantial financial support for a planned railway safety-themed exhibition being set up in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver. The exhibition will cover a wide range of crucial safety issues, such as vigilance near railway tracks, technological innovation, and changes in safety practices and regulations.
Stephen Covey, CN’s chief security officer and police chief, said: “Operation Lifesaver is proud to join forces with Exporail to promote railway safety. This exhibition, which will been seen by many children and their parents, will give them the tools and knowledge they need to make prudent and smart decisions when they are near a railway track or other railway facility.”
Located on the South Shore of Montreal, Exporail hosts the largest railway collection in Canada with more than 160 vehicles, 10,000 artefacts, 200 archive groups and more than 1,000 scale models.