Northern Alberta Railways diesel locomotives, acquired by CN in 1981

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These fleet histories include information related to individual Canadian National system locomotives. This is not a comprehensive or definitive list. Additions or corrections are welcome.

CN bought out CP Rail's interest in the Northern Alberta Railways in 1981, acquiring full control of NAR. CN took over all trackage, rolling stock, and locomotives.
In 1979, NAR diesel locomotives were given names, either of places or historical figures in the area served by NAR.

Number

NAR Name

Model

Built

Renumbered

Notes

201

McClennan   After the railway junction
between Slave Lake and Peace River.

GP 9

Dec 1957

   To CN 4602 in 1981

She was cut down into a slug at CN's Pointe Saint Charles shops
in Montreal and numbered CN 253.

202

Fairview
After the town west of Peace River
on the original Central Canada Railway

GP 9

Dec 1957

   To CN 4603 in 1981

She was cut into a slug CN 254.

203

Dawson Creek
After the town in B.C

GP 9

Dec 1957

   To CN 4604 in 1981

Was converted to slug CN 252.

204

Westlock
After a town north west of Edmonton

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4605 in 1981

remanufactured and renumbered to CN 4132 in 1991.

205

High Prairie  A town on the railway
between Slave Lake and Peace River

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4606 in 1981

was cut into a slug, number CN 260.

206

Grande Prairie
for the town of the same name

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4607 in 1981

was cut into slug CN 261 in 1990
at the Pointe Saint Charles shops in Montreal.

207

Lac LaBiche.

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4608 in 1981

In March 1974, she collided with a logging truck in Grande Prairie
suffered extensive damage to her front end. Although the NAR shops
was not designed or equipped to make major repairs,
they soon manged to get 207 repaired mechanically and cosmetically
In 1991 she was remanufactured and renumbered to CN 4131.

208

GP 9

June 1958

On 2 November 1959,locomotive 208was leading another diesel
pulling 119 freight cars when she collided head on
with CNR steam locomotive CN 5115 pulling a passenger train at Carbondale
just north of Edmonton. A tank car of gasoline ruptured
after the fire was extinguished, locomotive 208, the CN locomotive,
the Carbondale station, and three automobiles parked near by were destroyed
. Four people died in the accident.

209

Slave Lake
From the town of the same name

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4610 in 1981

In 1986, she was remanufactured and renumbered to CN 7221.

210

Barrhead   After the community on the railway
north west of Edmonton

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4611 in 1981

She was remanufactured and renumbered in 1986, to CN 7225.

211

Fort McMurray

GP 9

June 1958

   To CN 4609 in 1981

In 1990, she was cut down in the Pointe St Charles shops as slug, CN 259.

301

J.D. McArthur  After the contractor who
built the railroads that made up the NAR.

GMD1

Dec 1959

   To CN 1078 in 1981

In 1990, she was rebuilt; her six wheel trucks were replaced with four wheel ones
salvaged from old GP9s and she renumbered to CN 1178.

302

Chief Moostoos

GMD1

Dec 1959

   To CN 1079 in 1981

In 1986, rebuilt as CN 1179.

303

Bishop Grouard  After the missionary who
spent almost seventy years ministering
to the native people of the north west of Canada

GMD1

Dec 1959

   To CN 1080 in 1981

In 1990 was rebuilt and renumbered to CN 1180

304

Sir Alexander Mackenzie was an early fur trader
in the employee of the North West Company

GMD1

Dec 1959

   To CN 1081 in 1981

Was rebuilt and renumbered in 1990 to CN 1181.

305

Peter Pond   After the employee of the Northwest Company
who established the first fur trading post in Alberta
on the Athabasca River in 1778

GMD1

Dec 1959

   To CN 1082 in 1981

In 1990 became CN 1182 when rebuilt.

311

Twelve Foot Davis  Twelve Foot Davis made his name
in the Cariboo gold fields where he took a fortune
out of an overlooked unclaimed twelve foot section
between two other rich claims

GMD1

April 1960

   To CN1072 in 1981

She was rebuilt in 1990 to have her six wheel trucks replaced by four wheel trucks from old GP9s was renumbered to CN 1172.

312

Chief Duncan Tastawits

GMD1

April 1960

   To CN 1077 in 1981

Became CN 1177 when rebuilt in 1990.

401

Peace River

SD38-2

Dec 1975

   To CN 5700 in 1981

402

Pembina River

SD38-2

Dec 1975

   To CN 5701 in 1981

403

Athabasca River

SD38-2

Dec 1975

   To CN 5702 in 1981

404

Smoky River

SD38-2

Dec 1975

   To CN 5703 in 1981