Another Southern Ontario Shortline. I took two days at the end of August for a quick run down to Windsor to chase the Essex Terminal Railway, which has been switching the industries of the Windsor area for over 100 years. Essex Terminal 108, a GP9 built in 1960 is seen headed east across the Canadian Pacific Railway Detroit River Tunnel returning from switching the Ojibway Yard and industrial area to interchange cars with the Canadian Pacific Railway and then return to the shops at the end of the crews work day.
Southern Ontario Shortlining. I was in Barrie at the beginning of the month and chased the Barrie-Collingwood Railway. The BCRY runs from Utopia, west of Barrie where it interchanges with the Canadian Pacific, running east into the city and through Allandale GO Station, before turning south to service primarily two industries, one in Innisfil, and one in south Barrie. A video of my days chase and part of their twice a week operation is below.
A rail safety warning sunk into the sidewalks at the VIA Rail Station in Chatham Ontario. Reminding people to look out for and respect trains. It is National Rail Safety Week, September 19-25, 2022. In that vein, as someone who spends a lot of time around trains, and railway tracks as a hobby, I want to point out the importance of doing so safely. It’s not hard, stay off the tracks, and don’t trespassing on railway property. It will keep you alive, and keep those of us who love trains from becoming an unwelcome sight to train crews and railway employees. Trains can come at any time, and as large as they are, they can also be stunningly silent when they approach. It only takes a second for something terrible to happen, don’t ever let your guard down around the tracks.
There is lots of information out there on rail safety. Learn how to be safe, and how to take pictures and watch trains from a safe distance.
- Operation Lifesaver Canada
- Operation Lifesaver USA
- Canadian National Rail Safety Week
- Canadian Pacific Railway RailSense
- Ontario Mental Health Association – Suicide Prevention Resources
Please be safe out there around trains. As I say when I Tweet about my days out Railfanning, #TrainsAreCool, but they are also dangerous, and for all our sake, learn to be safe around trains and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Northern Reflections. After a whole host of the worlds problems with Covid, a change in ownership in the railway, the Agawa Canyon Tour train has made a welcome return in 2022. We were on our way north for a few days camping at Neys Provincial Park, but we were in Sault Ste Marie early enough on a sunny Sunday that I was able to head out and chase the Agawa Train from Searchmont down to Sault Ste Marie. It is seen here southbound at Mile 21. Video of my day’s chase is below:
More to come from Ontario’s beautiful north for the next few weeks!
Railfanning the north. I haven’t done much on the layout of late, and won’t be this week either. I was off work last week, and spent it chasing trains around southern Ontario. This week, I am on vacation in the north again. So here is a shot taken last September on my first trip to Ontario’s north. Canadian National local switching the Fort William First Nation, as seen from the lookout at Mt. McKay. The locos are an interesting trio, 5381, an SD40-2 in CN “North America” paint, Elgin Joliet & Eastern (CN now) 672, an SD38-2 still in its EJE orange, and CN 5470, an SD40-2W (wide nose cab) in a more modern CN repaint with the website on it. Lots of power with three six axle locos for local switching.
Warp Speed Ahead! Finally got to try this. A long exposure (60 seconds) of a Barrie line GO Train heading south from Downsview Station across Carl Hall Road. I finally got the right combination of enough light in the sky but dark enough to do a long exposure light trails of both the gate arms and the train, with an aircraft turning into final approach to Toronto Pearson International Airport as a bonus.