I take pictures of locomotives and train cars in the Toronto area and post them here.
I really enjoyed checking out your blog and your photos. I lived off of Altona Rd for several years and some of my best memories involved hiking the trails of Rouge Park.
I realize this is not exactly the kind of question you would be asked here normally but you seem quite knowledgeable about the CN/CP Railway system in the Rouge Park/Valley area so I thought I would ask anyway. Hope you don’t mind. We’re going to be shooting a independent film in the park next week and we’re trying to figure out a way to monitor when the trains are coming through. I noticed in your posts that you mentioned hearing when the trains were coming. Did you do this with a scanner? Do you have any suggestions on how we could track them? We are going to be located between Beare Rd. and Reesor Rd just north of Plug Hat. Also, we’re a very small crew and won’t be a nuisance if you happen to be taking photos in the area Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Thank you very much, glad you’ve enjoyed my work.
Yes, I use a scanner to hear what’s going on for both CP and CN. In my experience, CN is much more “chatty” than CP. There is also a defect detector at mile 7 of the CN York subdivision, which is just around the bend from the Plug Hat overpass that will “announce” the presence of a train as the tail of it goes by.
Depending on the time of day and the day of the week, you could be looking at a lot or a little bit of traffic. One morning I was there and there were four CN and one CP freights in about an hour and a half to two hours. I’ve been there for hours in an afternoon and heard nothing from either side. But certainly the easiest way to know what’s going on is to get a scanner and keep an ear out for some of the key names in the area, like Liverpool, Beare, Beare East and McCowan on CN, Cherrywood, Staines and Neilson on CP.
To close, I would highly suggest a scanner and to be really, really careful if you’re going to be close to the tracks. Because of the grading, there are steep angles going down towards the tracks in some areas and a mis-step on a hill could land you on the right of way and facing a speeding freight. Here’s a reference for the CN radio frequencies: http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=3881
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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