I share it often that photo of two RSC14’s on the wye in Charlottetown. This photo was the first time I took a photo I was genuinely proud of. It felt “right” and it represented a place where I enjoyed watching trains from and where I started as a railfan. There’s 1752. It’ll be the westbound leader for the tip back to Borden and, this summer, every trip is one of the last ones.
You can view a list of each RSC14 on the CNR Historical Association website and the superb cnrphotos.com delivers a full page of photos of the magnificent RSC14 fleet including 1752 parked outside the diesel shop – a lot like how I remember it. Maybe, like me, you pause and wonder about those RSC14’s that went to Cuba or the ones in Jamaica. A while I ago I found a photo of one of the Cuban ones but that remains the only photo I have ever seen of the RSC14’s after they retired from Canadian work to their new Caribbean lives. Every so often, I comb the internet hoping someone photographed and shared a picture of one of “our” engines still in service. I fixate on those particular engines but never picked on the entry for 1752. Quoting from the CNRHA webpage above: “Genesee Valley Transportation Company in 1993”. Then, last week, I found these two amazing photos on Morscher’s Railroad Images that show 1752 in July1993 in Depew, New York which places them on the same GVT railroad (Depew, Lancaster & Western) that I shared video of recently:
CNRHA indicates 1752 was scrapped in January 1994 so perhaps those are the last photos taken of it? I’m not getting my hopes up but wouldn’t it be cool to see photos of it in operation in New York? I think so.
There’s no way I can talk about PEI railroading without linking out to Steve Boyko’s series on the railway: https://blog.traingeek.ca/2010/01/diesels-on-prince-edward-island-part-5.html