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 to Whitby and check out South Blair Street again.  The timing was right that I might catch a few VIA and GO before moving on to something else.  Little did I know how much I would see!

After I arrived and got myself established, I heard an eastbound VIA calling a CN foreman as they were approaching his limits.  This would prove to be a very useful thing, as it warned me of all the incoming traffic that afternoon.  It was a stainless steel consist, led by VIA 908.

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With a surprise of VIA 911 on the tail!

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So that was a pretty good start.  I stood around some more, taking in the beautiful day.  Things were still for a little while and I heard a rustling from my right.  Suddenly, a deer jumped out of the bushes from the far side of the GO subdivision and wandered across the tracks.

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Before going into the bushes to the south, he stopped to take a look at me.

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A few minutes after that, an eastbound GO passed through having just departed the Whitby station.  It was led by GO 655…

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with cab car GO 217 on the tail.

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A few minutes after that, another VIA came through heading westbound and led by VIA 6413…

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And tailed by its numerological partner, VIA 6431.

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At this point I was pretty happy and was just about ready to leave, but I stuck around for a few more minutes.  I was glad I did, because out of nowhere I saw this…

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A small consist rolling slowly towards me from the west, what I believe is CN 570, with three locomotives and between 15 and 20 cars.  As it approached, I could see that it was led by some old timers starting with CN 4710, a GP-38 and followed by…

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CN 4710, a GP-9RM…

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and CN 4784, a GP-38W.

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It trundled slowly past me, pulling a collection of random freight cars.

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At this point I was sure it wasn’t going to get any better: VIA, GO and a CN local?  So I got in my car and left the scene.  But just as I passed through the level crossing, I thought I saw something coming west. 

In the next part of this great day, I find myself back at South Blair Street and in an interesting situation!  Until then, thanks for reading! 

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4 Responses to Great Day! (part one)

  1. Steve Boyko says:

    It definitely looks like a great day for photography! Well done and good catch on the deer as well as all the interesting trains.

  2. Eric Gagnon says:

    Obviously a railfanning spot that’s ‘deer’ to you, Adam. Enjoyed that three-unit wayfreight.

    I’d like to borrow your photo of the eastbound two-P42 train for my blog header with appropriate credit for a little while, if that sounds OK. I note that on that train there is an ex-Canadian baggage car.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Eric

  3. William Self says:

    Great day indeed, but sighting that deer was the icing on the cake for sure!

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