Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trackside Log for Thursday, June 30, 2011

I was tending to a friend's horses and dogs who lives near Welland Yard this weekend. Before setting off to accomplish this task I'd heard a southbound train pass my house but was unable to see it. As I passed by the yard I discovered a Canadian Pacific ethanol train parked at the yard office.

  • 2037 Welland - CP 626 south - SOO 6037-CITX 3101-DME 6097-NREX 6309

The NRE SD40 was still wearing EMD blue and white paint. But alas I was unable to take a photograph this evening. Oh well.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Trackside Log for Sunday, June 26, 2011

I spent the day relaxing at home. The "as advertised" sunny weather didn't materialise so Missy and I didn't get very energetic. I left the scanner on and eventually heard train 246 announce the Boyle mile board. Missy and I walked behind our house to take a look.

  • 1302 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 8886-CITX 3008-HLCX 7205

Canadian Pacific delivered another colourful locomotive consist on a rather short train destined for CSX in Buffalo.

Late in the afternoon the sun finally made an appearance and to my amazement train 247 north departed Welland Yard in the middle of it. It was time for Missy's walk so we took the camera to Foss Road for a photograph.

  • 1714 Fenwick - CP 247 north - CP 5877-CEFX 3173-CEFX 3166

After train 247 cleared the crossing Missy and I resumed our walk around the block.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Trackside Log for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today I decided to pass by the Southern Ontario Railway's Garnet Yard on my way to work. Train 596 was parked right up to Concession 8 so I stopped for a couple photographs.

  • 0917 Garnet - SOR 596 south - RLK 4095-CEFX 2019-CEFX 2014

Then it was off to work.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trackside Log for Saturday, June 18, 2011

Missy and I were just getting our day in motion when, like so often happens, I heard horns approaching from the north. I got my camera and drove back to River Road for a photograph.

  • 0849 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 9801-CP 6017

CP 6017 is another dual flag SD40-2 that is looking pretty grim these days.

Later that afternoon train 255 obtained a clearance out of Welland Yard with an Item 4 against train 626. Missy and I drove over to Boyle for a photograph of the ethanol train.

  • 1330 Boyle - CP 626 south - CP 8782-SOO 6035-CP 6060

The original locomotive consist for train 626 included a pair of NRE SD40-2s. Somewhere along the way Canadian Pacific set those off and added the ES44AC to the front. I suspect London.

Since train 255 wouldn't be very long Missy and I waited around at the Boyle Road crossing for it. After 30 minutes I could see the headlight approaching in the distance.

  • 1405 Boyle - CP 255 north - CP 9649

By this time Missy was getting pretty hot in the midday sun so we returned home for refreshments.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Trackside Log for Sunday, June 12, 2011

This morning as Missy and I got up we heard the horns of an approaching southbound. I quickly got my camera and dashed over to River Road again for a photograph of what turned out to be train 246.

  • 0833 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 9598

As is common for a Sunday train 246 was quite short although it is somewhat less common to see it as a one-lunger.

That afternoon I was getting ready to head to Binbrook to visit my sister's family when I heard train 255 obtain a clearance from Brookfield East to Welland on the Hamilton Subdivision. I took Missy over to the Highway 58 bridge for a photograph.

  • 1410 Welland - CP 255 north - CP 9597-CP 9570

Then I was off to Binbrook for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Trackside Log for Saturday, June 11, 2011

The weather for today was to be rather unpredictable. Missy and I decided to spend the majority of the day indoors. Outside it varied from sun to overcast to the odd shower. I left the scanner on and heard train 255 north obtain a clearance from Welland Yard to Vinemount. I took Missy for a short walk behind my house for a photograph. Naturally it began to spit rain at this moment. Fortunately it wasn't prohibitive to photography.

  • 1518 Fenwick - CP 255 north - SOO 6055-CEFX 3173-HLCX 6206

I had missed this train on Thursday while walking Missy in the evening. So I was rather pleased to get a second chance to photograph it. The weather conditions were nicer the first time, but there was little I could do about it.

After about forty five minutes train 255 met train 254 at Vinemount. I waited another thirty minutes then drove over to River Road for a photograph in what proved to be significantly better light.

  • 1642 Fenwick - CP 254 south - CP 8766-CP 9821

At that point it was time for Missy's walk.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Trackside Log for Friday, June 3, 2011

Just like yesterday I heard Canadian Pacific train 246 south leaving Kinnear Yard in Hamilton while on my way home from work. I heard the Hamilton Subdivision dispatcher issue a clearance to Welland. With plenty of time I took Missy home, changed clothes and then drove to River road once again for a photograph.

  • 1747 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 8608-CP 9565-CP 9814

Afterward it was time to head home to walk Missy and get a fish supper from the Lion's Club in Fenwick.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Trackside Log for Thursday, June 2, 2011

While driving home this afternoon I heard a foreman on the Canadian Pacific Hamilton Subdivision clearing the track for a southbound train out of Kinnear. I knew I had ample time to photograph it. When I arrived home I got my camera, drove to River Road and waited a short time for a photograph.

  • 1658 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 9585-CEFX 3184-CEFX 3149

A second beautiful day in a row made for a nice photograph. After an astonishingly wet two months this was a glorious change.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Trackside Log for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Today was a fantastic day. It was sunny, warm but not hot, and not humid. Beauty, eh? So I took my camera along to work again today to see if I could get some better looking photographs of the two GP20Ds running on the Southern Ontario Railway. I was in luck. They were parked at the south end of the yard in Garnet as usual.

  • 1019 Garnet - SOR 596 south - CEFX 2014-CEFX 2019-RLK 4095

After a day's work I passed by Nanticoke to see if the Southern Ontario Railway was working. They were indeed but were hidden within the confines of Lake Erie Steel. So I headed for home. While driving through Dunnville I heard train 254 report clear of mile 35 to a rail grinding train. I was too far away to catch 254 but was able to photograph the rail grinder.

  • 1907 Fenwick - CP rail grinder south - RG 311

After a few photographs I headed home to catch game one of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. Go Canucks!