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Top photos from April, 2006

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April 1st, 2006No jokes here for this April fools day. CP ran a couple of coal trains down the Hamilton sub during the week, which is exceedingly unusual. CP #889 returned today, CP 9773 and a long string of empty black coal hoppers, so we went after it in spite of the dark, gloomy weather.
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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.
157 images 7 videos Marks: ACFX ACPX AOK BNSF BTTX CCLX CCX CEFX CKIX CN CNA CNW CP CSXT CV DTI DWC FURX GATX GTW HDSX HLMX IC ICG LW NAHX NCUX NOKL ONT PRAX PROX SAMX SCMX SHPX SLGG SOO SSAM TGPX TSBY UTCX UTLX VIA WC
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Hamilton, Ontario(map) Hamilton Ontario is an industrial region on the tip of lake Ontario.
39 images 1 videos Marks: AEPX CP HLMX MILW PLMX PLWX SLGG SOO
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April 2nd, 2006Steve picked us up and we went off to shoot OSR working Guelph on a nice Sunday afternoon. They went South and we gave chase. As we got to Guelph Junction, Shane called about a CN GEVO on CN #435. Naturally we couldn't pass that up! I now have BNSF, UP, CSX, NS, CP, and finally CN GEVOs!
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Arkell, Ontario(map) Arkell is between Guelph and Guelph Junction on the ex-Goderich sub of the Guelph Junction Railway now serviced by the Ontario Southland Railway. Moffat is between Arkell and Guelph Junction.
8 images 1 videos Marks: OSRX
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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.
39 images 2 videos Marks: CCBX CEFX FPAX GPLX MWCX NAHX OSRX ROIX SHPX UTCX
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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.
20 images 2 videos Marks: GOT GPLX LMIX OSRX TBOX
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Moffat, Ontario(map) Moffat is between Guelph and Guelph Junction on the ex-Goderich sub now serviced by the Ontario Southland Railway. Arkell is between Moffat and Guelph.
13 images 1 videos Marks: GPLX OSRX
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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.
19 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CN GRPX IC SHPX
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April 8th, 2006We went down to Paris for the day. It was relatively quiet, with long lulls and little interesting power. On the way home, we caught CP #243 at Ayr and after dinner I caught VIA #87 with 6411 leading in Guelph.
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Ayr, Ontario(map) Ayr is between Wolverton and Cambridge on the CP Galt sub and houses a small backtrack yard and the Ayr Pit Spur.
38 images 1 videos Marks: BNSF CMO CP ICE MWAX TBOX VCY
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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.
13 images 1 videos Marks: VIA
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Paris, Ontario(map) Paris is just West of Brantford on the CN Dundas sub and was once the site of the junction between the Dundas sub and the completely defunct Drumbo sub that connected Paris and Stratford. There's also a large trestle in Paris.
232 images 13 videos Marks: ACFX AEX AGPX AOK ATTX BALX BAR BN BNSF BPRR CC CEFX CGLX CN CNA CNW COCX CP CR CRDX CSXT CVC DME DTI DWC FBOX FTTX FURX GATX GLCX GMRC GTW GVSR HCSX HLMX IC ICG INVX LAFX LANX MB MP NADX NAHX NATX NDYX NS NYC ONT PLCX PROX RFMX RTTX SHPX SOU SP SRIX STSX TCMX TFM TRLX TSBY TTCX TTGX UP UTLX VIA VIPX VTTX WC WCCL WHCX XTTX ZCAX
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April 9th, 2006We went out around 11 to see what trains we could find. In 5 hours we caught 6, shooting 4 of them. CN #393 and #435 were first up at mile 30, CP #246 and #167 came next at Guelph Junction, then CP #722 snuck by us and on our way home we watched GEXR #431 go by in the distance.
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Flamborough, Ontario(map) This is a community at the top of the Hamilton sub between Waterdown and Guelph Junction. It is technically part of Hamilton, as a result of the amalgamations.
39 images 1 videos Marks: AGHX ATW CEFX CFMX CP DH DTTX FURX GVSR HPJX NAHX NOKL PSR SLR TTAX UTLX WCTR
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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.
27 images 1 videos Marks: AOK ATW CNA CP CR DTTX GOT MMA NRLX TTZX WLPX XOMX
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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.
33 images 2 videos Marks: ADMX CN FBOX GATX IC ICG NCUX PLCX QTTX TFM UTLX
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April 12th, 2006An extra train was heard coming to Guelph and I went to investigate in spite of the rain. GEXR 3856 showed up with 9 ballast cars and met VIA #85 in Guelph. I shot it at Guelph station and Jones Baseline, getting #85 at Cityview Drive on the way there. No videos, I didn't particularly want to risk 2 cameras in the rain.
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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.
42 images No videos Marks: CP GEXR TRAX VIA
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April 14th, 2006We went down to the Galt sub to shoot CP #243, then headed over to the Junction for #425 and #162 on the Hamilton sub. The sun came out just as #162 arrived, backlighting the train.
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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.
81 images 2 videos Marks: ABOX ATW BPRR CGLX CMO CP CPWX DWC GOT MMA MWAX NAHX PROX SOO
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Killean, Ontario(map) This is CP's name for the passing track at Cambridge on the CP Galt sub.
39 images 1 videos Marks: AEX BN CMO CP MWAX NAHX NATX NCHX SOO TBOX TTUX WW
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April 15th, 2006We went down to Copetown to start the day and ended up moving around over the next 11 hours or so, catching 15 trains. Not bad for a holiday weekend!
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Ayr, Ontario(map) Ayr is between Wolverton and Cambridge on the CP Galt sub and houses a small backtrack yard and the Ayr Pit Spur.
117 images 5 videos Marks: BNSF CEFX CHTT CMO CNA CP CPAA CRDX DTTX GBRX GVSR IMCX INEX LBR MMA MWAX PCN PTTX SHPX SOO SSW TILX TTAX TTGX UPFE
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Cambridge, Ontario(map) Cambridge is the home of Babcock and Wilcox, Toyota, the CP Waterloo sub, the CP Galt sub, the CN ex-Fergus sub and a lot of trains.
17 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CP DTTX GBRX ICE IMRL SOO TTAX TTHX
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Copetown, Ontario(map) Copetown is the top of Dundas hill. Trains line up at the top as people would at a waterslide, and other trains slowly grind their way up the hill. It's just to the East of Brantford.
85 images 5 videos Marks: ACFX CCBX CHSX CIC CN CNW DME DTS DTTX GATX GNRR HLMX HPPX IATR IC LAFX LCIX MWCX NADX NDYX ONT PENX PLWX PROX SOU TIMX UP UTLX WC WLPX
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Paris, Ontario(map) Paris is just West of Brantford on the CN Dundas sub and was once the site of the junction between the Dundas sub and the completely defunct Drumbo sub that connected Paris and Stratford. There's also a large trestle in Paris.
108 images 5 videos Marks: ACFX ARSX BCOL BLE BNSF CABX CEFX CGMX CKIX CN CNLX CNW DOWX ETTX FINX GATX GFSX GLNX GNRR GNWR HCBX IC ITLX JTIX PLMX PPGX PVCX RACX SP SWYX TCMX TGCX UNPX UTLX VIA
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April 16th, 2006I heard CN #411 with a BNSF leader leaving Mac yard and went off to mile 30 for it, catching CN #332 and #411 there, and CP #242 and #243 on the way home at the Junction.
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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.
79 images 2 videos Marks: ACFX ARMN ATSF BN CALX CEFX CMO CN CNA CP DBCX DGHX DOWX HLTX ICE IMCX LBR MLLX MMA MWAX NCHX NOKL NTRX OTTX PLCX SOO SRIX TBOX TTGX TTHX
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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.
28 images 1 videos Marks: BNSF CABX CN CNLX GATX PROX RCOX TILX UTLX
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April 17th, 2006I shot VIA #87 at Watson road on the way back from errands.
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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.
11 images No videos Marks: VIA
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April 20th, 2006I beat GEXR #432 to the Via station by a few seconds. The train had a 12-axle 4-truck transformer load from ABB. In the evening, Laura and I caught CN #390 with that most elusive target - MMA 1.
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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.
32 images No videos Marks: ABWX ACFX AMGX CC CN CNW GATX GEXR IC NAHX PPGX PROX RLK RTMX WC WLO
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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.
35 images 1 videos Marks: BRAX CN CNA COCX GATX GMRC IBT IC LCGX LW MDW MMA SSAM TCWR WE WLO
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April 22nd, 2006For Door's Open Guelph, the GHRA put its caboose on display. Naturally I had to shoot VIA #85 and GEXR #432 passing!
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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.
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April 25th, 2006I went into Toronto for three days on Via #86/#87 for a conference. On the second day a dark storm lifted allowing shots through the darkened windows of the LRC coaches, and I shot one GO train under the John Street bridge in the Union Station Rail Corridor.
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Toronto, Ontario(map) The capital of Ontario, this city has a number of very busy lines and yards on both the CP and CN networks.
4 images No videos Marks: GOT
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April 26th, 2006On the third and final day of the conference I tried to shoot GMD1 CN 1431 on CN #542 at HalWest, where it had been on Monday when I was not ready for it. It was a bit further than I hoped but I managed one telephoto shot through the window of VIA #86's LRC coach I was sitting in. I also shot a few GO trains and found myself riding behind VIA 916 for the trip home. VIA 916 had been the only Via P42dc that I had not shot in daylight, so I got ahead of it after getting off in Guelph and shot it crossing Alma.
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Brampton, Ontario(map) Brampton is mile 15 of the CN Halton sub and mile 8 of the Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY) shortline.
1 images No videos Marks: CN
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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.
9 images No videos Marks: GOT
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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.
7 images 1 videos Marks: VIA
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Toronto, Ontario(map) The capital of Ontario, this city has a number of very busy lines and yards on both the CP and CN networks.
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April 29th, 2006We went to Sudbury to explore. We caught everything. (Warning: over 600 thumbnails!)
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Capreol, Ontario(map) Capreol is about half an hour North of Sudbury and is the crewchange point for CN trains crossing between the Bala and Ruel subs.
178 images 3 videos Marks: CCBX CGLX CN CNA CNIS CNLX CNWX CP GACX GATX GBW GCFX IC ICG INCX MC NDYX PROX PTLX SKNX SP TCMX UNPX UP UTLX VIA WCCL WLO
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St. Cloud, Ontario(map) St. Cloud (including Wanup, and Waterfall station name signs) are just outside of Sudbury to the South and is the site of the diamond and directional-running interconnection between CN and CP.
223 images 7 videos Marks: BCOL BLE BRAN CEFX CGTX CN CNA CNIS CNWX CP CPAA CVC DMLX DTTX DWC GTW HDSX HS NAHX NAR NCIX NS ONT OTTX PLMX PROX RTLX SSAM TTGX WC
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Sudbury, Ontario(map) Sudbury is a large railway town of around 160,000 people about 4 hours North of Toronto, sporting CP, CN, Huron Central, Inco Railway, and OVR. It is difficult to spit in Sudbury without hitting a train.
244 images 10 videos Marks: ATW CN CP DTTX GCCX HCRY HS INCX NOKL PROX QGRY SHPX THB VIA
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April 30th, 2006We went to North Bay to see what we could find there and caught CN #450 passing ONR North Bay station, the passenger trains, 697 and 698, and then headed South, catching #698 at Washago along with CN #301 and #300, followed by CP #105 at Alliston.
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Alliston, Ontario(map) Alliston is mile 44 of the CP Mactier sub and hosts a large but mostly inaccessible Honda factory.
21 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CP DTTX
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North Bay, Ontario(map) North Bay is the home base of both the Ottawa Valley Railway and Ontario Northland, about an hour and a quarter East of Sudbury. It is not a busy railway town and not worth an independent trip to railfan, but has interesting equipment and trains to shoot if you're in the area.
122 images 2 videos Marks: BCOL CN CNA CNW CP CPAA DLRX GATX GNRR GTW GVSR HS IC KCCX MP ONT PROX RLK SLGG TBOX TNO WCCL
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Washago, Ontario(map) Washago is a small town at the junction of the CN Newmarket sub to North Bay, and the CN Bala sub between Toronto and Capreol. It is about half an hour North of Barrie.
81 images 3 videos Marks: AC AOK ATW BCOL CN CNA CNWX CVC DCLX DWC GTW ICG ONT PLCX PLMX PPTX PROX SRY WLO
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