Since the take over of BC Rail by CN in 2004, BC Rail motive power has been moved all over the map and some have been put into transfer service. Of all of the power BC Rail had, CN has decided to keep its GE locomotives that consist of C40-8Ms, C44-9WLs and the rare B39-8.
Numbered in the 3900 series and only 10 on the roster, the B39-8s are the interesting of BC Rails downsized fleet. It has been reported in the last few days that a few have migrated to CNs Thornton yard for transfer service. One of those is the 3903, which is a B40-8, and on Thursday, was solo with a 33 car transfer from Downtown Vancouver to Thornton yard.
Luck would have it that I was in the right place at the right time fanning with member BCR4619. Some chatter on the scanner would set us up for a photo.
BC Rail 3903 passes southbound through BNSFs Old yard at Braid St in New Westminster, BC.