A Few Trains More…

When I was out on the 22nd, I got these shots of VIA 918 after which there was a bit of a lull in the action.  The scanner gave me some useful information: that a westbound freight had passed a westbound VIA coming towards me, that work was going on in Oshawa that was taking up all the tracks and that there was work going on west of me on the Kingston sub, which meant I was getting info on the GO consists coming up from the city.

My first visitor was GO 639, pulling a consist eastbound.  First on the Kingston sub:


Then down onto the GO sub.


Then nicely aligned with the name board for Bayly.


It passed by and I returned to my car to warm up again.  I kept an ear to the scanner but, with the VIA website not properly updating the status, I had to return to the top of the bridge to ensure I didn’t miss the westbound train when it came through.  As it got closer, I heard RTC say that the VIA had passed the freight and would clear Pickering junction before the freight got there.  RTC also asked them to wait for the eastbound GO to pass by and onto the GO sub before moving along.  I stood on the east side of the bridge and waited and, through the glass of the uncompleted pedestrian bridge, I saw the headlights.  She was moving slowly, in preparation for stopping at Durham junction.



VIA 6444 arrived leading a Ren consist, nice and slowly for a lovely photo in the mid-afternoon sun.


I was concerned that I would miss the westbound freight, promised to be so close behind, but I couldn’t resist trying to shoot the GO/VIA meet, so I ran across the road to shoot it.  The result is a bit cropped (I’m still shooting 50mm only right now), but kind of cool.  Here’s 6444 waiting for the GO to arrive.


And here’s the meet.


I stayed in place to shoot the eastbound as it passed the name board for Bayly, matching my earlier shot of 639.  This time, her older sister 636 rolled by.


I continued to wait and heard something very disturbing from RTC: the detector had reported a problem with one of the cars on the westbound freight and had ordered her to slow to 25MPH.  I listened for more details and heard that there was a heavy wheel impact (or hard wheel impact) on car AOK 15080.  I made a mental note to watch out for it when it arrived.  I walked back to the east side of the bridge and waited for her to arrive.  After almost twenty minutes, the lights came into view and, once again, the consist came slowly towards me.  CN 2255 and CN 2555, an ES44DC and a Dash-8 respectively, approached.  The sun was very cooperative!




Against my better judgment, I went across the street again to catch them as they went over the bridge spanning the 401.  I got this shot, which was okay:


Remembering that I wanted to see the car that had alarmed the detector, I went back across the street in time to catch it rolling by.  AOK 15080 looked A-OK to me, but I wasn’t in it, on it or close enough to it to tell if one of the wheels was having trouble.



The graffiti certainly makes things look like they’re very mellow.


After that, it was a fairly standard mixed freight consist.  There was talk of a freight stopping at the GM plant to pick up some stuff, but it wasn’t this one.  Here are some tankers that looked interesting to me.


And with that, I was finished.  There was nothing else on the scanner for a while and I needed to get on with my errands and things before going out for dinner for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  Another successful shooting time!

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6 Responses to A Few Trains More…

  1. Eric Gagnon says:

    Hi Adam,
    Great report – something for everyone: GO, VIA and CN fans. A nice two-fer shot of GO and VIA…yes! I wondered about the cars on the head-end of that westbound freight, and I believe they may have been lifted at Belleville from 518’s train…empty gon from Kimco in Kingston, and tank cars from Coco’s asphalt operation at Millhaven.

    Wheel Impact Load Detector (WILD)
    CN has 30 WILD sites (1/3 of all sites in North America) to detect safety hazards such as out-of-round wheels, wheels with flat spots, overloads, and imbalanced loads; computerized monitoring and analysis leads to immediate setoff, speed restrictions, or inspection at next shop.

    Some hi-tech wizardry there, not visible to mere railfans trackside, but highly visible to RTCMech office in Edmonton, perhaps.

    Thanks for sharing, stay safe when running across those overpasses, eh?


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