A Visitor From Mexico…

 

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This weekend I had figured that a southbound ethanol train (CP 650) would be coming down, but when none came, I was positive they would run one on Monday.

  8502 Locomotive Driver

Is it unusual to have a Mexican based locomotive operating in Canada?

I could imagine car loads from the canadian region being routed to Mexican customers and vice versa but not locomotives working those trains.

A Visitor From Mexico…

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Is it unusual to have a Mexican based locomotive operating in Canada?

I could imagine car loads from the canadian region being routed to Mexican customers and vice versa but not locomotives working those trains.

A Visitor From Mexico…
8502
Going by the U.S. railfan webcams, Mexican liveried locos turn up everywhere across the U.S. thus workings in Canada are not unexpected. Canadian locos (CP & CN) are being sighted in the deep south of the U.S. so could in turn, feasibly be doing run-throughs into Mexico. Further to the north / south incursions, NS / CSX locos are appearing across the Mid-West and West Coast, as are BNSF / UP showing up in the east.

If Canadian Pacific end up merging with Kansas City Southern, it will guarantee Canadian engines appearing in Mexico and vica versa.

No stupid gauge or EPA (noise) restrictions (like Australia) in North America, except for anything less than Tier 4 emissions compliant locos working into California (unless CA heritage units which are grandfathered).
  speedemon08 Mary

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Going by the U.S. railfan webcams, Mexican liveried locos turn up everywhere across the U.S. thus workings in Canada are not unexpected. Canadian locos (CP & CN) are being sighted in the deep south of the U.S. so could in turn, feasibly be doing run-throughs into Mexico. Further to the north / south incursions, NS / CSX locos are appearing across the Mid-West and West Coast, as are BNSF / UP showing up in the east.
12CSVT
There are pictures of a Canadian Pacific locomotive with the add on screens they use for running into Mexico.

The most interesting cross bordern excursion I've seen was a Ferromex loco in the Appalachian coal fields for NS. Now, to get on that train the locomotive already had to get to the vague area on a train, get marshalled off and put on the coal trains.

https://railpictures.net/photo/732287/

As a side note; as you've said, it's been extremely common in the last two decades for the major railroads to "share" power by a power by the hour "lease?" scheme, but the last 5 years a lot of through traffic has seen bulk trains and intermodal trains rarely swap power on certain trips. It's why a lot of triple headed UP trains with Norfolk Southern locomotives have appeared in California, for example.

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