Saturday, November 26, 2011

Trackside Log for Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today I was roving around the Niagara area on a photography project. One of the subjects I was interested in was the old bridge on the former Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto spanning Oakdale Avenue in Merritton. When I arrived at the location I quickly discovered that all the brush and trees had been hewn away from the high fill on which the tracks were once laid. I then determined that the bridge was scheduled for demolition in a mere three days.

  • 1243 Merritton - former NSC&T bridge

While photographing the old concrete bridge I heard air horns to the west. I took a moment to photograph the eastbound Canadian National freight.

  • 1253 Merritton - CN eastbound - CN 4784-CN 1444-CN 4140

After the train passed I returned to continue photographing the bridge.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Trackside Log for Sunday, November 6, 2011

Today was the first day back on standard time. This means I won't be able to photograph anything after work until spring. But today was Sunday, so when I awoke with my extra morning hour of sunshine I turned on the scanner to discover Canadian Pacific train 254 working in Welland Yard. I waited until they were nearly finished before taking Missy to the tunnel under the Welland Canal for a photograph.

  • 1034 Welland - CP 254 south - CP 9656

I've wanted to photograph a ship passing over a train at that tunnel for many years. Today was another near miss. The Algoma Provider sailed by approximately ten minutes before train 254 arrived. Maybe next time.

Later in the afternoon train 246 made an unannounced appearance in town. I drove to River Road for a photograph of the colourful consist.

  • 1358 Fenwick - CP 246 south - SOO 6031-CEFX 3172-CP 8841-CP 8888

Upon my arrival at home I heard on the scanner that a loaded ethanol train was departing Hamilton. After a while the crew of train 626 called out the Smithville mile board so I took Missy to photograph the train between Webber Road and River Road. Here the track is high on a fill: a perfect location for late day light. I had never photographed the location before so I took the opportunity.

  • 1559 Fenwick - CP 626 south - CP 8846-CP 9600

Train 255 was waiting in Welland Yard for the ethanol train so after walking back to our vehicle Missy and I drove to Farr Street for a photograph. By now the light was fading fast, but there was still enough.

  • 1637 Fenwick - CP 255 north - CP 9767-CP 8796-CP 9550-CP 8950

Canadian Pacific has kept to their pattern of running the new ES44ACs through town in low or no light when I'm at home.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Trackside Log for Saturday, November 5, 2011

It was a fantastic day and I spent it around home puttering away on a few projects. I left the scanner on in the background but it was pretty quiet until mid-afternoon when I heard train 246 report the south siding switch in Smithville restored to the normal position. Missy and I walked out to the tracks to watch it pull around the curve through town.

  • 1417 Fenwick - CP 246 south - CP 8732-CP 9778

As dusk was approaching train 255 arrived at Welland Yard. What I thought was to be a quick lift there turned into a longer switching session. Alas, by the time the train rolled through town it was rather dark. I elected to merely watch the train with Missy.

  • 1800 Fenwick - CP 255 north - CP 8671-CP 8833