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Waterloo Central GMD1 locomotive debuts in new paint scheme

By Stephen C. Host | March 6, 2022

Locomotive’s CN-inspired look unveiled during run for tourism promotion

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Diesel locomotive with green and gold paint scheme
Diesel locomotive with green and gold paint scheme
Waterloo Central’s GMD1 locomotive displays its new paint scheme. (Stephen C. Host)

ELMIRA, Ontario — A rare GMD1 locomotive donated by Canadian National to the Waterloo Central Railway in April 2021 has emerged in new paint. The former CN No. 1437 made its first appearance on the heritage railway on March 5, 2022, as WCR No. 1012.

“It’s all because of the volunteers; they did an amazing job,” said Waterloo Central General Manager Peter McGough, who had nothing but superlatives of praise for the volunteer crew that hand-painted the green-and-gold scheme inspired by CN’s 1950s design.

Built in 1958 at General Motors Diesel in London, Ont., the locomotive would have had a similar scheme upon birth, but would have featured A1A trucks and a smaller fuel tank. These features were changed in a 1980s rebuild by CN.

The locomotive operated in conjunction with a Waterloo region tourism promotion, giving media members and influencers a brief ride to Elmira, Ont., to promote the region’s tourism potential. With the Elmira Syrup Festival again cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the railway pulled out all stops as part of the promotion.

The debut of the repainted locomotive saw photos taken by volunteers and fans alike to celebrate the effort of the Waterloo Central crew.

— Updated at 8 a.m. CST to correct detail of 1980s rebuild.

Diesel locomotive pulling two passenger cars passes barn
Waterloo Central’s promotional train passes a Mennonite farm just south of Elmira, Ontario.(Stephen C. Host)

2 thoughts on “Waterloo Central GMD1 locomotive debuts in new paint scheme

  1. The lovely veteran diesel-electric yard switcher No.1437 of the CN fleet retired March 2021 and donated to Waterloo Central Railway by the Canadian rail giant.
    The Waterloo Central Railway is a heritage railway offering historic passenger train rides on the Waterloo Spur between Northfield Drive in Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Village of St. Jacobs and Town of Elmira. All ticket proceeds go toward supporting operations and restoration programs that its dedicated volunteers complete at the company’s Restoration and Maintenance Facility in St. Jacobs.
    The Waterloo Central Railway is proudly operated by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS), a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization. The SOLRS collection includes historically significant steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight equipment, and cabooses.

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