What was old is new again. Sunday, Nov. 17 marked the unveiling of the restoration and new paint scheme of the former Canadian National FP9A locomotive #6520 at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. It has been quite a journey for the iconic engine on its road to Squamish. This locomotive was built for CN in 1957 and retired in 1978, according to the West Coast Railway Association. It was transferred to Via Rail Canada and rebuilt in 1984 and renumbered VIA 6306. It was then sold to a private Quebec tourist railroad in 1994. That railway went into receivership and the engine was then sold in 1997 to the Waterloo-St. Jacobs Railway and restored to the original CN yellow and green paint scheme. The WSJ RR encountered financial difficulties and 6520 was moved into storage in Toronto in 2000. A private benefactor of the West Coast Railway Association donated the engine and three coaches and over the last few years 6520 has been updated as one of the units in the park's operating fleet. Photos by Andrew Van Brummelen/For The Squamish Chief
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