The PARSONS VALE Line

[PV&T Class D #343 painted gold to commemorate 50 years of PV&T electrification]

After the second world war, the Soviet Union ordered 20 heavy electric locomotives from General Electric, but, before the order could be delivered, the cold war had kicked in and the U.S. Government refused to allow shipment of these engines. So GE sold them to American railroads; 5 to CFP, in Brazil, 3 to the CSS&CB, 10 to the CMStP&P, and 2 to the PV&T. These locomotives are restricted to the Portland to Montréal line, because of their weight and long wheelbase. Both are still in operation.


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