Having already done a retrospective only a month and a half ago, it seems far too self serving to spend another one to celebrate 100 posts. So, here’s a tale of waiting for some CP action in north Ajax.
On February 26th, after leaving Kellino Street, I drove up Church Street with the hope of catching something at the level crossing for the Belleville subdivision. I stood around for a while, hoping for something to show up. The scanner is only useful when something is very close, so I was kind of just rolling the dice. I left after about forty minutes and decided I might try somewhere else for a while. The nearest vantage point and level crossing was at Audley Road, to the east of Salem Road. I had trouble finding a place to park and, after one pass of the tracks, I noticed that the signal was open for an eastbound train. I hurried to park somewhere and ended up just pulling over in the mud. This was when I heard the detector go off to the west. I ran across the street and up to the sidewalk by the crossing. I was just in time!
CP 6019, an SD40, and 6250, an SD60 and the first of the SOO Line engines to be repainted into CP colours rolled by pulling an Expressway consist.
Unfortunately, it was not a full consist.
And that was that. Once it passed, I took my perspective shots. Here’s the western view. Mile post 182 was directly beside the road.
Here’s the eastern view.
As a closing thought: maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the signals on CP subdivisions are spaced further apart than those on CN subdivisions. Has anyone else noticed that? Am I just used to the hustle bustle of the Kingston sub, as opposed to the seemingly laid back pace of the Belleville sub?