Missy and I were just getting up when train 246 south arrived in town. We weren't able to see the train but I turned on the scanner to discover that a northbound was waiting in Welland Yard for it. The northbound was led by CEFX 1049 which I photographed a day earlier. There was much chatter about the length of the northbound. Missy and I headed to Boyle to see this train.
It turned out that trains 247 and 627 had swapped power in Buffalo. Train 627 was indeed very long because it was comprised of two empty ethanol trains. The train was 656 axles and made up of two engines, a buffer car, tank cars, another buffer, and a final cut of tank cars for a total of 161 cars. Jinkies! A third locomotive, CP 5790, was added in Hamilton for the journey up the Niagara Escarpment in Waterdown.
Although I kept the scanner on throughout the day, it was silent until about 1230 when I heard a southbound call out the Smithville mile board. I took Missy down to River Road to photograph a loaded ethanol train.
The sky was dull and grey and it was starting to sprinkle but the photographs turned out reasonably well. The scanner at mile 18.3 reported 344 axles for the train. As a side note, DME 6069 is the former SD40 CP 5513.
Later that evening I heard CP 5833 obtain a clearance back onto the Canadian Pacific Hamilton Subdivision at Brookfield. I took Missy out before bedtime to watch it go by again, this time in the dark.
- 2257 Fenwick - CP 247 north - CP 5833-ICE 6407-ICE 6404-DME 6069
Naturally there were no clouds in the sky while it rumbled through Fenwick in the still of night.