Today I decided to take Missy trackside on the Canadian National Dundas Subdivision. We left home fairly early and arrived at Paris Junction just before the Southern Ontario Railway dragged a cut of gondolas into the north siding.
- 0838 Paris Junction - SOR 597 west - RLK 4095-CEFX 2014-RLK 3873
- 0844 Paris Junction - VIA 70 east - VIA 6457
- 0846 Paris Junction - CN 397 west - CN 2238-CN 2200
Another row of gondolas was impeding my view of eastbounds so I moved west to Princeton. I pulled into the post office parking lot and waited a bit for an eastbound.
- 0943 Princeton - CN 392 east - CN 5559-CN 5662
- 1123 Princeton - CN 382 east - CN 2594-CN 2123-CN 2433
- 1211 Princeton - VIA 72 east - VIA 6453
- 1222 Princeton - CN 393 west - CN 5785-CN 5752
Then everything got very quiet. I knew both Canadian National train 331 and VIA train 73 were on the way but I was getting a bit restless. I started back eastward and discovered train 331 switching Paris West. I doubled back and chose the Blenheim Road overpass for a photograph.
The VIA followed soon after.
Nothing else was pending and, as I said, I was getting restless. Missy and I departed the Dundas Subdivision and I decided to head home via the Southern Ontario Railway in Nanticoke. Luck was on my side. I discovered the three locomotives I had photographed in the morning pulling a string of empty oil cans south of Garnet. I drove ahead to the Esso refinery for pictures.
I thought it was rather fitting that I start and end the day with the same train at opposite ends of its run. The weather was not the previously forecast sun I had hoped for but it wasn't terrible either. Missy and I had a nice day out.