Question about repaints?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jflessne, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. jflessne

    jflessne Member

    Can someone explain [FONT=Arial, Default Font] CN - IC Repaint's....I'm assuming they are former IC engines now working for the CN railway???? Why leave the rements of the IC?

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  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    It could be just a polite nod to the heritage of the loco, but it's more likely done for tax purposes. I'm uncertain as to what the advantages would be, although GTW, GT, CV, DW&P, and WC all are, or were, part of CN's American holdings, and all kept their individual identities.

  3. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Probably for accounting purposes. Railroads don't buy motive power, they lease it with long-term agreements. Keeps track of which units belong to which financial institution easier. This allows CN to project a unified corporate image and not have to merge all the books right away.
  4. jflessne

    jflessne Member

    Brian i'm not sure I understand. Are you saying CN is "leasing" the equipment? From who? Illinois Central is long gone. :(
  5. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    All railroads lease their equipment; it's owned by financial institutions. In this instance it was probably just easier to keep the records for the engines on the books for the IC than to roll them all under the CN banner at the time of the takeover.
  6. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Railroads often own subsidiaries, which ususally have the same or similar paint schemes as the parent road but are lettered for the subsidiary. Often, eventually, subsidiaries are absorbed outright.

    I'm a railfan, not a corporate law expert. I won't pretend to know all the reasons why railroads own subsidiaries. Some examples, though:
    At one time, Texas law said that no railroad chartered outside the state could operate within it. Major railroads thus built smaller lines into Texas, or bought lines that were already there. I think this was why SP had the Texas & New Orleans. ATSF ended up with two Texas subsidiaries: the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe and the Panhandle & Santa Fe.

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