Penn Central BM7
(Boston Mechanicsville Yard-Chicago)

Penn Central train BM7 is westbound and getting his orders hooped up to him
by Block Operator Gordon Bamford at Town Line in Dearborn, MI in April 1973.

BM7 was an empties train that originated at Boston Mechanicsville Yard. It started out there with a few empties for Chicago, a few for Selkirk, and a few for Buffalo. Along the way it would set out those empties and pick up even more cars returning to western connections in Chicago. By the time it reached Detroit, it was a long, solid train of Chicago western connection cars - you name the road, it had some cars for it. Beyond Buffalo, it stopped only for crew and fuel, assuming it was free of defects and "unusual occurances" along the rest of the way to Chicago. It was a resymboled from LS3, which it was called until 1971.

Photograph copyright 1973-2002 Mark W. Dobronski
Text by Jim Harlow


PC 3017

  • EMD GP40
  • Builder# 30954
  • Delivered to New York Central 12/65 as NYC 3017, part of NYC's first order of 36 GP40's
  • Became PC 3017, then Conrail 3017
  • PC maintanence base Collingwood OH
  • Returned to owner/lessor upon expiration of lease in 1980
  • Sold to Precision National Corp July 1980 and leased to Chicago & North Western
  • Sold to C&NW 3/81, renumbered to CNW 5507 and rebuilt sometime between 6/81 to 12/81 at the C&NW Oelwein shops.

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