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Date: 01/07/19 16:49
Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: arwye

This was one of those chases where the train got to travel diagonally across country while I had to race it using the grid road system. Northern Alberta eastbound #32 with GP9's 210-201 & GMD-1 312 on December 24, 1978 near Picardville. Richard Yaremko



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Date: 01/07/19 18:02
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: m420

Great one, Richard.
I see that the units did not have names as of this date.

Brian E 



Date: 01/07/19 19:48
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: feclark

My goodness, that's a wonderful shot! That NAR livery is just one of the best ever on diesels, and you sure captured the mood and the problem with chasing in Western Canada. Surely you were using all due caution and stopping would not have been an issue!
Fred



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Date: 01/07/19 19:59
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: refarkas

Great catch - Literally!
Bob



Date: 01/07/19 20:34
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: arwye

I did Fred, but notice one tire track going off to the right and then stopping in a pile of snow.  Somebody before me on this rural road got surprised by an oncoming train!

I remember a great story by Car & Driver Magazine editor Brock Yates talking about how in his youth he was driving home on a rural road like this one night after a date, still daydreaming when he hit the crossing and all of a sudden the interior of his car was lit up by a headlight. His parting line went something like this...."and the fillings in my teeth shot out like BB's.........!"

feclark Wrote:
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> My goodness, that's a wonderful shot! That NAR
> livery is just one of the best ever on diesels,
> and you sure captured the mood and the problem
> with chasing in Western Canada. Surely you were
> using all due caution and stopping would not have
> been an issue!
> Fred



Date: 01/08/19 06:12
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: BCR_766

Beautiful!! And 3 different NAR series of liveries to boot!! Thats my country, raised in Bon Accord the NAR flows through my veins!



Date: 01/08/19 08:53
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: moonliter

BCR_766 Wrote:
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> Beautiful!! And 3 different NAR series of liveries
> to boot!! 

Please explain the differences in liveries...the Geeps' paint look the same to me and the GMD 1 also looks it was painted in the same style.

I was lucky to ride a train through Bon Accord back in 1979, my next trip on the NAR the train went over the former NAR to Redwater where a newly constructed connection to the CN line had been built. Then over the CN through St Paul Jct, North Edmondton and disembarked at Calder Shops. 

Gerry Gaugl
Ottawa ON



Date: 01/08/19 11:53
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: BCR_766

Gerry,
The first Geep doesnt have the diamond on the long hood, no winterization hatch over the hood fan to the rear, the second Geep has the NAR diamond with winterization hatch, and the GMD-1 has the "Northern Alberta" in more of an italic style font. In the beginning the GMD-1's also had safety stripes on the nose and plow area (like CP's first Multimark loco's) which was changed early.

moonliter Wrote:
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> BCR_766 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Beautiful!! And 3 different NAR series of
> liveries
> > to boot!! 
>
> Please explain the differences in liveries...the
> Geeps' paint look the same to me and the GMD 1
> also looks it was painted in the same style.
>
> I was lucky to ride a train through Bon Accord
> back in 1979, my next trip on the NAR the train
> went over the former NAR to Redwater where a newly
> constructed connection to the CN line had been
> built. Then over the CN through St Paul Jct, North
> Edmondton and disembarked at Calder Shops. 
>
> Gerry Gaugl
> Ottawa ON



Date: 01/12/19 07:41
Re: Miserable Monday's in Alberta-Geez I hope I can stop in time!
Author: 4MORE

Great shot. Sure miss the geeps and the GMD's.



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