A Quick One – CP at Audley Road / 100 Posts

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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!

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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.

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Unfortunately, it was not a full consist.

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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.

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Here’s the eastern view.

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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?

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5 Responses to A Quick One – CP at Audley Road / 100 Posts

  1. Eric Gagnon says:

    Hi Adam,
    Hard to believe CPR pensionsers’ financial future is riding on that Expressway consist. I remember seeing some Expressway cars being tested with CP’s dynamometer car in Smiths Falls (in the 90’s).

    I think the differences between CN and CPrights-of-way have to do with double track – more chances to change tracks therefore more signal aspects to display? You’re right, Mi 182 near me on the Kingston Sub can be a little busier than the CP version.

    Nice pastoral railfanning in the Kellino post.

    I hope you don’t get header-lack-of-attention-span like I have. It’s getting worse. Still enjoying your ONR 1806.
    Eric

    Eric

    • Adam Walker says:

      Hi Eric,
      It can’t be all bad for CP; I’ve seen full consists of cargo containers. That should count for something, right?

      The double tracking could be the reason, certainly. I guess I just wish they were more in sight from where I usually try and catch CP. As I learned from my visit to Kingston, the easiest way to know something is coming is to see a friendly green signal.

      The problem with the headers is that I get attached to certain photos and so I don’t want to change them. The 1806 is one of my favourites I’ve taken and is also the background picture on my work cell phone. So it may be there for a little while longer!

      Adam

  2. William Self says:

    Nice to see the old livery still around on some of CP’s locomotives. I still haven’t been able to fully accept the new look for CP although I don’t mind the gold badge that they are using.

    • Adam Walker says:

      Hi William,
      I agree that it’s great to see the multi mark when it comes around. The new look is nice if you like plain colours, but it is very boring. I guess CP has always felt its needed to change its fundamental look, while CN hasn’t since the 60s.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Adam

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