One Year Later…

One year ago today I sat down on my couch and wrote this…

I decided to try out a rail fan spot I’d scouted before and took some shots today.

…and my blogging journey began.  It’s been quite a year!  Starting with that first post on January 8th, when I went to a small parking lot beside a cemetery in Whitby, that seemed like a good place to shoot trains on the Kingston and GO subdivisions.  I went back there a few times in the early part of the year, in early March and again in late March.

I shot some rolling stock around the Ajax area, including cars parked at the Grace Chemical plant starting with UP 77830.  I tracked the progress of cars through this spot, until a hot night when I finally caught CN working the industries down the Ajax spur.  My day time shooting in Ajax ranged from the Harwood Avenue bridge over the Kingston and GO subdivisions, to the Westney Road bridge over the CP Belleville sub, to a small road in the dead heat of summer and the widest perspective I’ve shot.  And I would be re-miss if I didn’t include my times at Plug Hat Road and my various posts in “A Quick One“.

Travel?  I did a bit of that this year too.  In April, I was in Owen Sound and Collingwood and I took my first rail fanning trip in the later part of that month, leading to my Northward Bound series and my most viewed post: Highway 12 at Gamebridge, featuring the VIA Coors Light engines.  In August, I traveled to Paris and fulfilled a dream of taking the TGV.  And in October, I headed through eastern Ontario and wrote about it in my Eastward Bound series.

Of course, little trains are of interest to me as well.  I went to Port Hope, Cobourg, Lindsay and Whitby this year, and some others that I didn’t manage to post about.  I also got my hands on Athearn’s VIA P42 model.

It would be too long and self indulgent to go back and re-link everything I’ve done in 87 posts.  I’m grateful to still be doing this after a year and, of course, glad to have the readership that I do, from those I’ve met in person (I’m looking at you, Wayne and Eric) to those I may encounter some day (Steve, Matt and everyone else).

What does 2012 hold?  Perhaps I bit more on the model railroading side, as I stay more around the house after the arrival of my first child in April (see how I slipped that in there?).  I’ll certainly try and get out as often as I can and bring the Durham rail fan perspective to the world.  Thanks for reading!

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6 Responses to One Year Later…

  1. Eric Gagnon says:

    Congratulations Adam, both on your anniversary and your upcoming addition to your family. Things will change, and you’ll have a new railfan to take with you!

    This post was a nice link-a-minute, and has nicely encapsulated the variety of your posts. I don’t think any of us want to be a one-trick pony, so it’s nice to dabble in many worlds – CN, VIA, GO, models, preservation etc.

    In a related story, those railfanning maps (from 1986) for Plug Hat Road and Pickering recently surfaced, and I should be able to scan them for you soon.

    It’s great to see someone new to this field, besides the usual grizzled, jaded, been-there-done-that, nitpickin’ railfan crowd. Well done, Adam!


  2. Wayne Shaw says:

    I’d like to add my congrats also, both on your blog and upcoming munchkin! It’ll be a couple of hectic months when the young’un first gets home, but I hope you do get a chance to come back up here by steam season! Take care and all the best to your growing family!


  3. Adam Walker says:

    Thanks Wayne! I’m hoping to get up there for a day during the summer. It’ll really be fun when she gets to be a bit older and I can bring her along for some old timey train fun!


    • Wayne Shaw says:

      Ya gotta start her young, buddy! We get lots of babies in the summer. Some of them love the sound of the 5-chime steam whistle, others maybe not so much. But either way when they’re a bit older they hear the sound and recognize it from somewhere, and they’re hooked! So bring the whole family, the ride’s on me!

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