Category Archives: cool stuff

CP Holiday Train 2012 – Oshawa

My wife and I took our daughter to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Oshawa this year.  You may recall that we went last year, just the two of us and had a bit of fun.  This year, we … Continue reading

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Level Crossings I’ve Known… – Nephton Sub – Mile 14.69

During the week of Labour Day, my wife and I took our daughter up to a cottage on Buckhorn Lake.  While out seeing the Petroglyphs Park (which I recommend everyone taking the time to visit), I took us up to … Continue reading

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Plug Hat Choice Cuts

As I mentioned in my post on the Skrillex train, I caught a fair amount of non-passenger action that day at Plug Hat Road.  So, here are some choice cuts from that morning, presented with limited commentary.  First up, CN … Continue reading

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A Quick One – Meanwhile, at George’s Trains…

To celebrate my first Father’s Day, I went up to George’s Trains with my dad about a week later to pick up a few cars and some track.  We hadn’t been to George’s together in probably 20 years, back when … Continue reading

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Skrillex Tour Train 2012

Having heard about the Skrillex 2012 Tour Train and only imagining myself shooting it, I found myself with the intriguing possibility of being able to catch it in what amounts to my own backyard.  I heard (from Eric of Trackside … Continue reading

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Great Day! (part two)

As I headed east on Victoria, passing the abandoned motorcycle dealership, I saw a slow moving freight coming west at a very slow pace.  I made a U-turn as soon as it was safe (safety first!) and headed back to … Continue reading

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Great Day! (part one)

I got a chance to get out on May 27th and spend some quality time near the rails.  While I was considering going into the city or perhaps to the north of it, I decided that I would go out … Continue reading

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A Quick One – Ballast On The Bala

I went out for coffee this afternoon and noticed that there were some CN ballast cars sitting on the old Leaside spur track just south of Oriole on the Bala sub.  I recall that they used this same track for … Continue reading

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Mile 48.26, Bala Sub – Ravenshoe Road

I had April 9th off work and decided.to head north.  With the imminent arrival of my daughter, I didn’t want to travel too far away, so I used my friend Google Maps to find somewhere that was only about 45 … Continue reading

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A Quick One – Bala Haircut

Something has happened south of Oriole on the CN Bala sub.  Here is a shot of 1809 coming south on March 26th.  And here’s a shot of the roughly the same angle on March 29th.    What’s the difference?  The … Continue reading

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