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Top photos from January, 2006

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January 6th, 2006Happy new year to all! I ended 2005 by shooting London Pickup, and, unintentionally, started 2006 by shooting none other than London Pickup on the first nice day of the year. I heard some traffic going by on the Galt and Jay reported 9116 was the last unit on 424. We shot London pickup, CP #424 with the SD90, CP #153, CP #525 ham turn, and London pickup going the other way for good measure.
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Puslinch, Ontario(map) This community straddles highway 401 from West of Guelph Junction to Killean on the CP Galt sub.
89 images 5 videos Marks: ACFX CEFX CGLX CGTX CHVX CP CPAA DTTX FURX GATX NOKL NYC RTMX SOO TCMX UTLX
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January 7th, 2006Laura and I drove down to St. Catherines to meet up with Brian and explore the CSX and NS mains South/West of Buffalo. We caught 23 trains of various descriptions and went home happy as clams with 511 pictures and 21 videos.
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Angola, New York(map) In the township of Evans, New York are the towns of Angola and Derby where the CSX Chicago line parallels a somewhat quieter NS track between nearby Buffalo, NY and Chicago, IL. A great spot for shooting both of these is at Sturgeon Point Road, with plenty of warning from talking defect detectors, CTC signals and headlights.
392 images 16 videos Marks: ACFX ADMX AEX AKMD ALM AMGX AOK ARMN ATW AWXX BCOL BNSF BRAN BTTX CEFX CERX CGLX CHTT CNW CO CP CRLE CSS CSXT CTIX CUOH CWSX DBUX DJJX DLWR DME DMIX DMM DOWX DTTX ECXX EEC ETTX FEC FURX GACX GAMX GATX GCCX GDJX GFSX GGPX GMRC GNWR GVSR HCCX HCSX HLCX HLMX HLTX HOKX HPJX HPLX HZGX ICE INFX LBR LCIX LSRC MBLX MEC MLMX MRS NAHX NATX NRLX NS NW NYC PLCX PROX RTTX SAMX SBLX SCL SHPX SIEX SLSF SOU SP SR SRN SSW TCIX TERX TLDX TTAX TTEX TTGX TTQX UNPX UP USLX UTLX WC WRSX YARR
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Lackawanna, New York(map) Lackawanna is immediately south of Buffalo and hosts Buffalo and Pittsburgh, Buffalo Southern, NS, and CSX tracks.
119 images 5 videos Marks: APPX BNSF BPRR CNA CSXT DJJX DTTX FEC IMRR JOSX NS PSR SOM TR TTAX TTEX TTGX TTRX
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January 8th, 2006We went to the yard at Alma street to shot GEXR #431 coming back from Mac yard for the sake of it. We also found three tracks full of grain cars there, which is unusual.
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Guelph, Ontario(map) The city of Guelph is my home town and is just East of Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph sub, and the Ontario Southland Railway/Guelph Junction Railway track, the other end of which is at Guelph Junction.
57 images 1 videos Marks: CN CNA CNIS CNLX CNWX CRDX CSXT GACX GATX GEXR GFSX IC KCS LLPX NMIX NYC PLCX PROX PTLX RLK RUSX SKNX UNPX UTLX
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January 12th, 2006I shot GEXR #432 at Jones Baseline outside Guelph on highway 7 to the East, then OSR at PDI, and then went to the Junction to see what was brewing there.
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Guelph, Ontario(map) The city of Guelph is my home town and is just East of Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph sub, and the Ontario Southland Railway/Guelph Junction Railway track, the other end of which is at Guelph Junction.
61 images 1 videos Marks: AGPX ALNX ATW CC CN CNIS CNLX CNW CNWX CRDX CUOH DMLX GACX GBRX GEXR IC LLPX NAHX NCIX NCLX NMIX OSRX PPGX RLK SHPX SKNX SSAM WC WCCL
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Guelph Junction, Ontario(map) Technically Campbellville, Guelph Junction is the junction of the Guelph Junction Railway -- currently serviced by OSR -- the CP Hamilton sub, and the CP Galt sub. It is between Milton and Galt on the CP Galt sub.
50 images 3 videos Marks: CP HMAX SHPX
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January 13th, 2006This Friday the 13th saw an unpatched SP unit on CN #148. We went to catch that and also caught CN #398, #392, #435, #422, CP #525 and #424 with 8 units. My camera decided the battery was dead as CN #435 approached, though it wasn't interesting power anyway.
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Georgetown, Ontario(map) Georgetown's CN Silver is the site of the junction between CN's Halton sub and the CN-owned, GEXR-rented Guelph sub. It is between Guelph and Brampton on highway 7.
14 images 1 videos Marks: CN DTTX SP
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Guelph Junction, Ontario(map) Technically Campbellville, Guelph Junction is the junction of the Guelph Junction Railway -- currently serviced by OSR -- the CP Hamilton sub, and the CP Galt sub. It is between Milton and Galt on the CP Galt sub.
9 images 1 videos Marks: CP
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Killean, Ontario(map) This is CP's name for the passing track at Cambridge on the CP Galt sub.
30 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CP EEC FURX GATX HPIX MMA ONT PROX QC SOO SOU STLH
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Scotch Block, Ontario(map) Scotch Block is an excellent photography location at mp 30.0 CN Halton sub, between Milton and Georgetown.
104 images 4 videos Marks: AGPX BCIT BLE BNSF CGMX CHTT CN CNA CNIS DCBX DWC GATX GTW IC ICG ITLX MMA MP NAHX NATX NOKL PROX QCCX QGRY RBOX RCOX SLGG SP SRY TCMX TSRD TTPX USLX WC WPRR
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January 14th, 2005Laura and I got up at some ungodly hour to head to Paris for what promised to be a BNSF-filled day on the Dundas sub. We got to Paris and found the South Service Track plugged up making shooting there impossible, so we spent the day at Brantford station instead. There we caught CN #392, #587, #399, VIA #70, NS #327, #328, VIA #71, CN #278, CN #271, CN #331, CN #148, CN #385, VIA #72, CN #330, VIA #73, and CN #394, which we chased to Hamilton West as it had a BNSF GP30 leading, and then shot CP #424 at Killean on the way home. CN #399 had CN 8018 leading, which I believe is the first time a CN SD70M-2 has led on the Dundas sub, and most of the rest of the trains today were well worth the trip.
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Bayview Junction, Ontario(map) This is where the CN Oakville, CN Grimsby, and CN Dundas subdivisions meet at a great big wye, beside which is the CP Hamilton sub. This location encompasses CN Bayview Junction, Hamilton West, and Hamilton Junction.
27 images 1 videos Marks: ARMN BLE BNSF CN CNA CNW CRGX GLCX GVSR MKT PLMX SLSF SP TFM UP YKR
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Brantford, Ontario(map) This is the home of the Southern Ontario Railway, part of the large-and-growing family of Rail America, and also houses the CN Dundas sub. It is between Paris and Hamilton.
301 images 17 videos Marks: ACFX AGPX AKMD BLE BN BNSF BPRR CCX CEFX CN CNA CNW CNWX CP CPLX CR CRGX CSXT CUOH DTTX DWC ETTX FGLK FLOX FTTX FURX GACX GATX GCFX GFSX GLCX GMRC GTW GVSR HCSX LW MEC MKT MMA NADX NATX NS NW NYC ONT PLMX PROX PTLX RACX RBOX SHPX SLGG SLSF SOO SOU SP SSIX SSPX TCMX TFM TKEN TLAX TR TTAX UNPX VIA WC XTTX YKR
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Killean, Ontario(map) This is CP's name for the passing track at Cambridge on the CP Galt sub.
25 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CP CRDX EEC HCBX HPLX IMCX NOKL SOO TR UP UTLX
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January 15th, 2006Steve called, suggesting we go to Goderich to see GEXR #581 working around the salt mine. We headed up to Stratford, and found them getting ready to leave. They called themselves GEXR #431 for some reason, but no matter. We chased it as far as Seaforth before it got too dark to continue. Chasing on the GEXR Goderich sub is relatively easy as the train only goes between 5 and 15 miles per hour for the most part.
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Mitchell, Ontario(map) Mitchell is between Seaforth and Stratford on the GEXR Goderich sub.
31 images 2 videos Marks: AGPX CN GEXR IC NMIX PPGX RLK
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Seaforth, Ontario(map) Seaforth is the last town before Clinton and Clinton Junction on the GEXR Goderich sub.
102 images 2 videos Marks: AEX CN CNLX CNWX FURX GEXR IC ICG NMIX NOKL PLCX PPGX RLK WC
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Stratford, Ontario(map) Stratford lies between Kitchener-Waterloo and London on the GEXR Guelph sub and is the home of Cowie junction, where the GEXR Goderich sub begins.
54 images No videos Marks: CN CNLX CRDX CSXT FCCM GEXR IC KRL NMIX NRLX PPGX RLK TFM VIA WC
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January 16th, 2006I hadn't flown in a month with the weather and my travels, and needing to keep my skills up, Laura and I went to Agincourt yard with my instructor for an evening scenic flight. Laura and I shared the SLR and Rob and I shared the controls. Laura also took some shots on the older point and shoot Powershot S70. The photos at the end (numbers 5832-5858) are out of sequence, taken on the old camera by Laura.
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Aerial PhotographyThese pictures and videos are taken by plane in no specific places.
155 images No videos Marks: CN CP STLH
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January 21st, 2006We heard CN 8014 leading GEXR #432 approaching Kitchener and were... rather surprised. The alarm was sounded and every railfan in the area descended on the Guelph sub to shoot it. After, we got word of CP 8745 leading 7 units on CP #424 and booted it down to the Galt sub to catch that. Not bad for a day that I wasn't railfanning...
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Guelph, Ontario(map) The city of Guelph is my home town and is just East of Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph sub, and the Ontario Southland Railway/Guelph Junction Railway track, the other end of which is at Guelph Junction.
55 images 1 videos Marks: CN CNLX CRDX GACX GEXR GPLX JRSX KCS NATX RLK SSW TCIX UNPX UTLX WCCL
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Killean, Ontario(map) This is CP's name for the passing track at Cambridge on the CP Galt sub.
43 images 2 videos Marks: CEFX CP CPAA ETTX HS NCHX ONT SOO TILX USLX UTLX
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January 22nd, 2006I wanted to see CN's new GEVOs, numbered in the 2200 series and likely to be forever lost to our various coasts for DPU service. We spent the day at Hamilton West catching 3 BNSF leaders and a CP GEVO leading a CEFX SD90/43MAC on the way home, but never did catch the CN GEVO we knew was supposed to come at some point. At one point during the morning, it had been so long since we had heard or seen any trains that we decided it was time to move West to Paris. As soon as we were committed to highway 403, 394 with its BNSF leader showed up on the scanner and we had to go all the way up to the top of the hill, turn around, and come back down, only managing to catch it at Burlington West.
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Bayview Junction, Ontario(map) This is where the CN Oakville, CN Grimsby, and CN Dundas subdivisions meet at a great big wye, beside which is the CP Hamilton sub. This location encompasses CN Bayview Junction, Hamilton West, and Hamilton Junction.
331 images 15 videos Marks: ACFX ADMX AERC ALNX AMCX AMPX ARMN ASAB ATTX BCIT BCOL BJOX BM BNSF BPRR BR CABX CAGX CC CEFX CGTX CN CNA CNIS CNLX CNW CNWX CP CRDX CUOH CVC CWBX DCTX DME DOCX DOWX DTI DTTX DWC EAGX EEC ELS ETTX FURX GACX GATX GBRX GCFX GLCX GMRC GNRR GNWR GTW GVSR HLSC HOKX IC ICG INEX IPBX ITC ITLX LAFX MEC MNS MP MR NOKL NRLX NS OCPX OLNX ONT PLMX PROX PVCX QGRY QTTX RBMN SHPX SLGG SLR SOO SOU SSAM TCIX TCMX TILX TTZX UP UTLX VIA WC WCCL WCHX WNFR XTTX YARR ZCAX
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Burlington West, Ontario(map) This is between Burlington and Aldershot on the CN Oakville sub, where the CN Halton sub merges in.
26 images 1 videos Marks: BN BNSF CGTX CHTT CN CNA CNIS ECUX ETTX GCCX IC MBLX NS UTLX WC WCCL
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Guelph Junction, Ontario(map) Technically Campbellville, Guelph Junction is the junction of the Guelph Junction Railway -- currently serviced by OSR -- the CP Hamilton sub, and the CP Galt sub. It is between Milton and Galt on the CP Galt sub.
28 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CP CPAA CR NS SOU TTAX TTRX
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Hamilton, Ontario(map) Hamilton Ontario is an industrial region on the tip of lake Ontario.
13 images No videos Marks: CP STLH
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January 30th, 2006We went to the railway museum in downtown Nairobi to see what was there. Among other things was a motorised bicycle on railway wheels, a set of 4-8-2+2-8-4 steam locos and a variety of other interesting equipment. We then checked out the adjacent yard from a busy pedestrian overpass and saw 2 yard switchers working too far away to shoot.
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Nairobi, Kenya(map) Nairobi is the capital city of the East African republic of Kenya. It was built as a railway town and has a large railway museum and a number of active meter guage freight lines leaving the city.
77 images No videos Marks: EAR KR KUR TRTZ UR
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