Received the following via email from our correspondent in NW Pennsylvania.
Thanks to Steve Timko
and those who shared with him a set of Canadian slides from The Peter Cox Collection, here is B&LE F7 #712A and an unidentified B unit (that may well be #712B) outside a
shop on the Canadian Pacific in Vancouver, British
Columbia. Note the snow-capped mountain peaks in the background. Also note the
unfortunate marring of the classic B&LE nose wings to
Canadian-compliant ditch lights to the unit so it
can lead trains on CP, nearly a half-century ago.
commented to me back in 2011 that some slides he had from the mid-through-late
Sixties showed B&LE F7As and Bs on lease to power-short CP Rail. CPR leased
several B&LE units, plus B&M and UP
engines because, "Most CPR power at the time was dedicated to hauling wheat for
Russia, while leased power handled secondary trains."
had notes on some slides in his collection that also showed
B&LE #712A the following year on
the then newly-merged Penn Central at the former New York Central
Detroit shops and fueling racks. In April, 1968, #712A was
there at the shops and then, in June of that year, #712A was photographed at
the fueling rack.