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Top photos from June, 2006

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June 4th, 2006Returning from visiting family, we stopped to see what was in the yard at Ste-Thérèse, checked out Dorion and caught an AMT commuter train with the new Bombardier bi-levels, went on to Coteau where we found CN #326 with a CN-rental-CN-CSX-CN-CSX lashup, caught CP #239 meeting CP #138 at Belleville, stayed at Cobourg for dinner and a few trains, and caught CP #152 at Newtonville in failing light after just missing the expressway with 2 GP40s! Total: 14 trains shot, a couple more seen, and a few leapfrogged. Not bad for a quick drive home.
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Belleville, Ontario(map) CN and CP are roughly parallel through Belleville. The CN Kingston sub and the CP Belleville sub head through the city, crossing just East of the city where the Belleville sub swings North to Smiths Falls.
25 images 2 videos Marks: ACFX ADMX BNSF CHVX CN CP CSXT DTTX GPLX
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Cobourg, Ontario(map) Cobourg is about the mid-point of the CN Kingston sub and CP Belleville sub's roughly parallel running between Belleville, and Newtonville. At the station, the North side of the parking lot has the Kingston sub and a small yard and wye, and on the South side of the parking lot is the CP Belleville sub, with a yard visible a little ways East.
81 images 7 videos Marks: ATW BTTX CN CNIS CP CSXT CTRN DTTX ETTX GCFX GPLX IC MDW NS SP TTDX VIA
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Côteau, Quebec(map) Coteau is the junction of the CN Valleyfield sub which connects the CN Kingston sub to the CSX Montreal sub, the CN Kingston sub, and the CN Alexandria sub to Ottawa. It is just a few minutes East of the Ontario/Quebec border, just off exit 12 of highway 20.
46 images 2 videos Marks: CN CSXT DTTX GCFX NATX
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Dorion, Quebec(map) The CP Veaudreuil sub turns into the CP Winchester sub and junctions with the M&O sub, and the whole collection diverges from the CN Kingston sub after several miles of parallel running at Dorion, just off the Island of Montreal on highway 20 to the west.
35 images 2 videos Marks: AMT CP CPAA CPWX
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Newtonville, Ontario(map) This community is about an hour East of Toronto. Through the area the CP Belleville sub from Toronto to Montreal, and the CN Kingston sub on the same routes run parallel.
12 images 1 videos Marks: CP DTTX SOO
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Ste-Thérèse, Quebec(map) This was the site of a GM car factory that manufactured the Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird until the end of 2003. It has since been torn down, though there is still a large CP yard there that interchanges between them and the QGRY. It also houses several Montreal transit commuter trains.
15 images No videos Marks: ACFX AMT CP ICE NAHX ODTX
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June 9th, 2006Galt yard got a beaver-painted GP38, so I went down to shoot it and CP #424 lifting CP 3097.
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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.
19 images No videos Marks: CEFX CP STLH
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June 10th, 2006We went after and just missed an NS-NS powered CN #392 at Georgetown and then went after a late NS #328 at Hamilton 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.
58 images 4 videos Marks: BNSF CN CP CR CSXT GTW MP NS NW RLK SOU STLH VIA
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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.
30 images 3 videos Marks: CN CP GOT NS TTGX VIA
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Puslinch, Ontario(map) This community straddles highway 401 from West of Guelph Junction to Killean on the CP Galt sub.
7 images 1 videos Marks: CP CSXT NYC STLH
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June 14th, 2006We went to the wood bridge just east of the Junction for CP #424 and CP #141, then to mile 30 for CN #275 and #149. We ran out of time waiting and did not see #149.
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Milton, Ontario(map) This is where the CN Halton and the CP Galt subs cross eachother, though there is no junction.
22 images 2 videos Marks: BAR CALX CEFX CFL CP MMA NS SOO SP STLH TR
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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.
13 images 1 videos Marks: BTTX CN SSW TTGX
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June 17th, 2006We went to Killean for CP #198, Guelph Junction for #141 and #243, and then home for the overheated 33-degree afternoon. We went back in the evening for CP #241 with 4 SOO units.
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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.
92 images 3 videos Marks: ADMX ALM ARMN CBRY CMO CP DBUX DOWX EEC FINX FTTX GATX GOT GTW GVSR HPIX ICE INEX LBR MKT MP MWCX ODTX QGRY SOO SP STE TR WLPX
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Killean, Ontario(map) This is CP's name for the passing track at Cambridge on the CP Galt sub.
15 images 1 videos Marks: ADMX CP GATX MILW UTCX
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June 20th, 2006Steve and I headed down to Galt to see what we could see on the second longest day of the year. Typical for CP, though, most of the traffic waited until after dark to run. We saw CP #424, #243, London pickup, Galt yard job, #137, an eastbound, and #127.
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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.
112 images 5 videos Marks: ALAX ATSF BAWX BNSF CEFX CFL CLP CP ECUX ETTX GATX GCCX GLCX HLTX HS INFX LW MMA NATX NOKL SHPX SOO SP STLH TTGX UP UTLX
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June 23rd, 2006We went to mile 30 for CN #392 and found a bit of a mess on the Halton. CN #147 reported a tie on fire at Speyside. CN #435 stopped to put it out. CN #382 pulled into the hole at Mansewood for #147. CN #147's lone engine died. CN #392's crew ran out of time at Aldershot and a new crew came on and lifted a unit set off by Via after #70 died yesterday at Brantford. CN #382's crew filed a rest message. CN #435 pulled up to mile 30 to wait for CN #382 to donate a unit to CN #147 without blocking crossings at Speyside. CN #275 pulled up to Georgetown to wait for the mess to be cleared. CN #382 and CN #435 took a rule 567 so #382 could enter #435's block and give #147 its trailing unit, which was an IC and not qualified to lead in Canada. CN #382 took so many rule 564, 566, and 567 authorities, the conductor's pen ran out of ink and he warned the RTC that he would need to start using French forms soon. CN #147 left with CN #382's trailing unit trailing with its dead leader acting as a cab car. CN #435 finally passed us, followed by CN #382, #275, #383, and #392. CN #275 and #383 both reported the tie fire at Speyside. All this because WC 6903 was out of water.
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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.
87 images 6 videos Marks: ACFX AGCX ATW BLE CFLX CGMX CMO CN CNA CNLX CP CSXT DTI DUPX DWC GATX GFLX GTW HLCX KCS NYC ONT SMMX SRY SSW TILX TTGX UPFE UTCX WC
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June 24th, 2006I took Kevin, Steve, Brian, and Laura down to the US for Kevin and Steve's first taste of American railfanning. We worked our way along the coast of Lake Erie all the way to North East, Pennsylvania, stopping at Angola, Dunkirk, and Westfield. Our total haul for the day was around 38 trains, including several that we saw without shooting as we travelled. BNSF's lone "vomit bonnet" led NS #310 through Angola, among other interesting catches.
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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.
165 images 10 videos Marks: AMTK ARMN AWXX BNSF BTTX CNA CNIS CNW CP CPAA CSXT CWSX DTTX ECXX ETTX FEC FURX GGCX GTW GVSR MHFX MQT NS NW SIEX SLCX SOU SP TTAX TTGX TTRX UELX UP WCCL WNYX
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Dunkirk, New York(map) The former Conrail Buffalo-Chicago now operated by CSX runs along the coast of Lake Erie through the town of Dunkirk, outside which is an excellent photographic overpass for the CSX line. The nearby Nickel Plate, now NS, line is a bit further South.
27 images 2 videos Marks: BAEX BRAN CR CSXT DTTX GACX GNWR NYC TTEX WACX
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North East, Pennsylvania(map) The town of North East is the home of an excellent museum of preserved railway equipment, including a weird GE-built "little Joe" Russian electric locomotive that was never delivered to the former Cold War adversary. The museum is on the web here. The museum is built around a well-preserved station on the busy CSX Buffalo-Chicago line and encourages railfans with a scanner blaring over the platform and a clear view of both the CSX and NS lines.
285 images 16 videos Marks: ADMX AOK ARMN ATW BAEX BNSF BPRR BRAN CBQ CN CNW CP CR CRGX CSS CSXT CWEX DJJX DMIX DONX DOWX DTTX FEC FURX GLNX GN GNWR GTW GVSR HLCX HLMX HS IFRX ILX IPBX JOSX JRSX JTIX JTSX KCS LSRX MHFX MRS MVRY MWCX NJRC NREX NS NW NYC OHPA ORTX PRR PTTX RFMX RRRX SP SSW STE STLX TEAX TEIX TILX TOE TR TTAX TTCX TTEX TTGX UP UPFE VCY WC WLPX WP WRSX
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Westfield, New York(map) Westfield is along the NS and CSX lines between Buffalo and Chicago near the border with Pennsylvania.
4 images No videos Marks: OHPA RMGX
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June 30th, 2006As a result of severe flooding in New York, Pennsylvania, and parts of New England, many detour trains are running on the CN and CP in Canada. We caught CSX #Q380 at the Galt bridge in strong storm lighting.
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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.
27 images 1 videos Marks: ADMX CP CRDX CSXT DONX DOWX GATX GDJX GERX HLCX INTX MWCX NS ORTX RRRX SIRX
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