Here’s to sunnier days ahead, and the need to take the UP Express to Pearson Airport because we can travel again! A two car UP Express is seen here in 2018 from the Bathurst Street bridge, a popular railfanning location in Toronto. The bridge was closed for most of 2020 for a major restoration/reconstruction. I haven’t been down to see the finished work yet, but it looks fantastic in pictures I’ve seen.
GP9 hard at work in 2020! Built in 1959 and extensively rebuilt in 1991, but still hard at work earning her keep. Seen here in the level crossing at the west end of the yard in Kitchener Ontario, making up a train.
Winter Arriving. I went out for a day of shooting befoe Christmas after we’d had a little bit of snow. The snow has started to fall as CN Train 422 lead by 2296 climbs the hill at Milepost 30 on the Halton Subdivision toward Georgetown. The last two locomotives in this consist were the interesting ones, two ex-Illinois Central EMD SD70’s, one, 1037 has been repainted into CN colours, one, 1025 at the rear has not, a rare catch for the un-repainted locomotive, 21 years after CN and Illinois Central merged in 1999!
A lucky eureka moment. I have been trying for ages since I did a dive through my digital camera archives a couple of years ago trying to find out where I had taken some photographs. All I knew for sure was that this photo was somewhere between Campbelville and Cambridge, and I knew that as I took the picture while driving from Georgetown where my parents lived back to Waterloo to see friends at Christmas in December 2002 when I was unemployed between finishing school and getting my first job in February 2003. On a drive through the countryside a few weeks ago, a random turn lead me to a scenic crossing, and when I got home, I realized I knew that location! For those who want to know, its Concession Road 14 near the Mountsberg Conservation Area, which also has the CPR crossing the lake in the CA across a causeway. Something else to go photograph some day!
Its a great spot for westbound CPR traffic headed toward London. Its a middling location for an eastbound from London. I will have to go back, and as a Bonus, two minutes up the road is a local farm with fresh baked goods including Butter Tarts on Saturdays… Danger!!!
The Canadian National local job in Kitchener featuring four units brings a cut of cars from the Canadian Pacific interchange at the south end of town onto the main at the Kitchener Station platform heading to the east yard in town to switch the cars for their onward destinations.
The 2003 edition of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls west at Queen Street (Mississauga Road) in Streetsville (Mississauga) en route to a stop at the Streetsville GO Station. CPR started the cross continent Holiday Train raising funds and donations for local foodbanks in 1999. As 2020 is 2020, there is no Holiday Train this year to avoid large group gatherings. In response, CPR is doing a Virtual “Holiday Train at Home” this Saturday, December 12th, at 10pm Easter/8pm Mountain/7pm Pacific. The event details are on their page, and the poster is below:
As an added bonus for 2020, CPR is going to do something really special, they have “unmothballed” Hudson 2816, and will be using the steam locomotive to haul the Holiday Train in the yard where they are going to live stream the event from.
I will be making a donation to my local food bank, the Daily Bread Food Bank here in Toronto, I encourage you to make one to your local food bank if you are able to this year, it has been a rough year for a lot of people, and more people than ever are in need.