Tuesday Train #168

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A Waterloo Region ION LRT approaches the northern terminus of the line at Conestoga Mall. The cars are Bombardier Flexity LRT’s. The line opened in June 2019 and is the first higher order transit in Waterloo Region since the original streetcars were retired in 1946.

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Tuesday Train #167

IMGP5852RawConvCanadian National GE ES44AC No3893 leads train 393 from McMillan Yard in Vaughan to Chicago Illinois. Behind the CN locomotive are a pair of Union Pacific Locomotives, UP GE AC45CCTE No.7727 and EMD SD70AH No.8871. They are seen here westbound at Milepost 30 on the Halton Subdivision in Halton Hills Ontario.

Tuesday Train #166

IMGP5910RawConvVIA Rail Train #1, The Canadian departs west for Vancouver on September 22, 2019. I went out to shoot this train as a former co-worker is taking it as the first leg of their trip moving home from Toronto to New Zealand. I’m super jealous of them taking the train across Canada. It is seen here near Gormley, in Richmond Hill just outside of Toronto. On this trip, Prince Albert Park is bringing up the rear.

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Tuesday Train #165

“Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me”
(Bernie Taupin/Elton John)

4245The sun proverbially set on an era yesterday (September 2, 2019) with the last runs of the TTC’s ALRV articulated streetcars. Long after their expected lifespan, they kept trundling along serving the people of Toronto. The final two in service ran on the Monday of Labour Day long weekend giving free rides through the core on Queen Street, their primary home. I didn’t go out, I wanted the day off from doing anything that required leaving the house, and knew they’d be crazy busy, but it looks like those who go out did had a great time.

And as is always the case when I abuse music in my posts, I give you, the actual song in context…Ladies and Gentlemen…George Michael and Sir Elton John:

Tuesday Train #164

IMGP5385RawConvRailway Safety, its not that hard, if the gates have started to go down, and the lights are flashing, don’t cross the tracks. There is a little bit of forced perspective from a telephoto lens, and VIA Train 85 is moving very slowly as it departs Kitchener’s station heading west as the crew waits on the gates activating and going down, but this kid rushing the lights is putting themselves squarely in harms way, they don’t know that a 2nd train isn’t coming by faster on the other track, or they could have misjudged the speed of the train. As a railfan, every time I’m out at the lineside (and always off railway property, but thats a rant for another day) taking pictures near a crossing, seeing people run the crossing signals gives me a lump in my throat, I can only imagine the feeling of the crews in the cabs of a locomotive knowing that there is nothing they can do to stop or avoid a collision if someone misjudges running in front of them or stops.

If you’re an educator or a parent, and you run across this post, pleast teach your students or your children railway safety. Operation Lifesaver is out there, talk to them for info for your classroom or your home:

https://www.operationlifesaver.ca/

https://oli.org/

Tuesday Train #163

The Plinthed Locomotives of Eastern Ontario, 3/3 – Cornwall Street Railway 17

IMGP5260RawConvCornwall was once served by an electric freight and streetcar line. Centre Cab freight motor 17 is all that is left of that in the City. It is also facing an uncertain future, as while the City has set aside money in the budget to stabalize and start restoration, it may be moved from where it is, to another location in the City. There is also interest from other museums in Eastern Ontario in aquiring the locomotive if it is to be disposed of.