Tuesday Train #197

We’re going with some retro Canadian Steam for the next couple of Tuesday Trains. These pictures are from either the summer of 1992 or 1993. I was never in New Brunswick when they were running, but on one of our visits to Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks, I managed to convince my parents to stop and let me take a couple of pictures at the Salem and Hillsborough Railroad.

SH01Canadian Pacific 4-4-0 29 and Canadian National 4-6-0 1009 rest outside the shops.

Canadian Pacific 29 would nearly be destroyed in late 1994 after I’d moved back to Ontario in an arson attack on the railway. Fortunately, Canadian Pacific re-acquired the locomotive, and fully restored it, and she now sits outside the corporate headquarters in Calgary. 1009 wasn’t damaged in the fire and ran until 1998 before becoming a static exhibit. The Salem and Hillsborough no longer operates as a tourist line, but has transitioned to be the New Brunswick Railway Museum.

Ex-CN double ended snow plow 55698 and ex-CPR 100 ton crane 414324.

Tuesday Train #196

P1030021Last week I posted a picture of a Southwest Trains EMU taking me back to London from Swanage. This week, a picture of why I was there, the Swanage Railway’s 25th Anniversary Gala in September 2004. Ex-British Railways 4MT 800787 and M7 30053 double head out of Swanage heading north making a smoky departure beneath a stone road bridge by the locomotive shops.

Tuesday Train #193

P1010501Scenes that don’t seem to exist anymore. A train of “RoadRailer” trailers, highway trailers designed to be connected to railway bogies to cut out the need to load the trailers onto flat cars. The service has come and gone over the years from CN. These pictures were taken July 30, 2004, a week later, according to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, CN cancelled this service, a Chicago-Toronto connection seen here at Trafalgar Road in Georgetown on the Halton Sub.

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Tuesday Train #191

IMGP6427RawConvBritish Railways (Ex-LMS) Black 5 4-6-0 No. 44801 (Actually 44806 renumbered) approaches Carrog on April 21, 2009.

A slightly different Tuesday Train post of sorts. Today is April 22, 2020, on April 22, 2009 at the Llangollen Railway for the 6880 Betton Grange Society‘s fundraising “Steam Steel and Stars 2” Gala, I got both a footplate ride, and a chance to briefly drive a steam locomotive under supervision. This is still, one of the best days of my time visiting or being involved in any railroad events or organizations, and has only made me want to do a full footplate experience day driving and firing a steam locomotive in the UK. In the current 2020 world of basically being in lockdown, looking back 11 years is helping me be hopeful for all the things we’ll be able to do after we get past the Covid crisis and life resumes.

Pictures after the best £10 I’ve spent, a chance to drive a locomotive back out of Carrog Station for about 1/4 mile onto the line, then bring it back into the station.
Photos from an all too brief cab ride on London & North Eastern Railway 246 “Morayshire”, from Platform 2 to Platform 1 at Carrog.
IMGP6423Morayshire at the end of platform 1 on the right after my Cab Ride as Mayflower awaits departure for Llangollen on Platform 1.