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Introducing the Southern Alberta Rail (sar)

Southern Alberta Rail (sar) operates former Canadian Pacific lines in Southern Alberta and British Columbia.  Formerly known as CP’s Southern Main the line runs from Dunmore Alberta through to the Unites States border at Eastport Idaho where a connection with Union Pacific is maintained. 

Nelson and Trail BC are also served via a secondary route that splits off near Yahk BC.  Traffic is mainly bulk

commodities generated online, export traffic destined for the Western US and bridge traffic from the UP. 
With sar’s more customer oriented operating style, online loose carload traffic has also seen a steady increase.

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The Layout  


Originally modeled in HO, the sar didn’t become a viable entity until the switch to N scale was made and Kato released their six axle SD40. Several layouts were built, including the one featured in the Jul/Aug 01 and Mar/Apr 02 issues of N scale Railroading magazine, before I was happy with the complete picture.

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SD40-2F Kit

The EMD SD40-2F is a 3,000 HP Locomotive built solely for the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Basically a SD40-2 in a full-width cowl body, a total of 25 units were built.  They were delivered in1988 and 1989, after the end of production for the regular SD40-2.

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F45 Kit

EMD’s F45 was built for Santa Fe, Great Northern in 1968.  Additional units were built for GN successor Burlington Northern in 1971.  A 3600 hp unit the F45 was basically a full bodied SD45.  Santa Fe’s F45’s were well maintained and enjoyed long careers with the railroad they were built for.

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History of the Southern Alberta Rail (sar)

Southern Alberta Rail (sar) operates former Canadian Pacific lines in Southern Alberta and British Columbia. Formerly known as CP’s Southern Main the line runs from Dunmore Alberta through to the Unites States border at Eastport Idaho where a connection with Union Pacific is maintained.

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