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Top photos from July, 2005

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July 2nd, 2005St. Thomas Central Railway ran a steam excursion with ETR #9 from St. Thomas to Ridgetown and back. Laura, Rob, and I went to see it out of Guelph and saw whatever else we could along the way. We caught it just outside of St. Thomas but after only a few minutes there was no more evidence of coal smoke. I'm not sure if it broke down and whether or not it eventually got fixed if it did. On the way back we caught CN #331 at Ingersoll, a CN eastbound at Woodstock, CP #153 at Ayr, what looked like London pickup with a yellow unit at Galt yard and Galt yard job also there. After landing we caught GEXR #432 light power at Jones Baseline in Guelph but I blew the pictures when I left the zoom on. In the evening we caught CP #246 coming out of Guelph Junction at Guelph Line road.
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Aerial PhotographyThese pictures and videos are taken by plane in no specific places.
377 images No videos Marks: NS VIA
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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: CN GEXR LLPX
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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.
25 images 1 videos Marks: ACFX CHSX CP CR MMA NLSX NOKL QGRY TIMX
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July 3rd, 2005I got wind of a D8 dimensional load coming up the Halton sub. Being unsure what it was, I went to check it out. I caught up with the 2 GP9s and 2 metal stampers at Milbase switch behind Harvey's and shot it starting down the hill. It stopped for a few minutes and I used the opportunity to head over to the industrial track further down the road where I guessed it was going. When I got there, I greeted a CN employee whose reaction was to order me to stand ridiculously far away and write down my license plate numbers when I disregarded his unjustified instructions. (See in the pictures how far back I was already, on public property!) After this move, I went back up to Scotch Block to catch #383 and #394 which were meeting at Mansewood.
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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.
47 images No videos Marks: CN GBW NOKL QTTX
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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.
86 images 1 videos Marks: ACFX AGCX ATSF ATW BCOL BN BNSF BRAN CGLX CN CNA CNIS CRGX CRLE CSXT CV ECQX GACX GATX GBRX IC MBLX MMA NAHX ONT PLCX PROX SIRX SLR TBOX TTAX UELX UNPX UTCX UTLX WLO YKR
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July 4th, 2005I heard that VIA #84 had 2 engines (919 and 920) and so ran off to catch it downtown, then watched #580 go onto the South industrial. Later in the day, Chris and I caught London pickup, CP #257 at the Junction, and GEXR #431 back in Guelph.
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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.
68 images 2 videos Marks: ACFX CEFX CN CNW CSXT DR FPAX ICG KRL LLPX NOKL PROX RLK SCL SHPX SP SSW TILX UP VIA WC
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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.
40 images 2 videos Marks: BNSF CEFX CN CNA CP CSXT NS TTGX
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July 14th, 2005A train climbing Campbellville hill set off some grass fires, closing the 401 for part of the day and the Galt sub for about 7 hours. In the evening, I poked down there to see what I could find. The parade got under way just as the sun was going down, but in the time we were there we caught the CP water train which had helped fight the blaze, three GO trains in very quick succession that had been held short of the hill, CP #419 with a colourful, if domestic, consist, CP #424 with an ex-Milwaukee bandit, and another train whose number I didn't catch with another CEFX yellow trailing and CWR laying equipment. Not bad for 2 hours on CP.
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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.
42 images 1 videos Marks: ADMX BAR BNSF CEFX CFMX CGTX CP CPAA CPWX CSXT GACX IMRL MHFX MMA NAHX PTTX QC QGRY SOO TR TTZX WCCL
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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: ACFX AEX ALAX CEFX CN CNA CNIS CNLX CNWX DME ECUX EQUX FPAX FURX GEXR GTW IC ICG PROX SHPX TTZX UTCX UTLX WC
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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.
107 images 2 videos Marks: BRCX CEFX CP DME GOT NTRX SOO TCMX TKEN UTCX
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July 16th, 2005Laura and I went up to Sarnia to meet Steve, Brian, Christopher, and Shaun for a day of chasing CSX #725, the CP run-through on the Sarnia sub. We chased it to Chatham and then went on to Blenheim to see it and then caught CN #435 going through the wig-wag at Tilbury, where we met Ian. In the midst of it we caught a CP meet at Kent Bridge and CN #396 and VIA #78 at Creditville on the way home. The only disappointment of the day was not actually seeing any CSX power working, as #725 is a CP-powered train. It rained the entire day, but stopped just on time for just long enough to shoot every time we wanted to. Thanks, weather.
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Blenheim, Ontario(map) Blenheim is South-East of Chatham and just South of the Canada Southern (CASO) sub with only two remaining industries.
11 images No videos Marks: CRDX GWWD LANX NRLX
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Chatham, Ontario(map) Chatham hosts the CSX Sarnia sub's diamonds with the CP Windsor sub and the CN/VIA Chatham sub, and the CSX Sarnia sub's interchange with CP.
97 images 2 videos Marks: ACFX CABX CGLX CITX CP CSXT DCLX DOWX GATX GLNX HPIX ITDX MLLX NATX NCIX NDYX NYC PROX SCMX SHPX UTLX WW
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Corunna, Ontario(map) Corunna is the first town South of Sarnia on the CSX Sarnia sub.
33 images 1 videos Marks: ACFX CABX CITX CP CRPX CWBX DCLX EEC GATX GLNX HPIX NAHX NCIX PLEX PROX SCMX TCMX
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Courtright, Ontario(map) Courtright is opposite St. Clair on the St. Clair river and is just South of Corunna on the CSX Sarnia sub.
28 images 2 videos Marks: CP DCLX GATX NCIX PROX
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Creditville, Ontario(map) The CN Dundas sub heads through this community locked between the 401 and the 403. The track is perfectly straight for several miles and with binoculars several signals can be seen at once far into the distance.
36 images 2 videos Marks: CAGY CN CNA CRLE FBOX GATX IC KCS MSDR NS PROX PTLX SLR UTLX VIA WC WCCL
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Dresden, Ontario(map) Dresden is between Wallaceburg and Chatham on the CSX Sarnia sub, though not geographically. The track makes a sharp 90 degree turn here to head to both neighbouring communities.
21 images 1 videos Marks: CABX CITX CP CPAA CPWX CRPX CWBX DCLX GLNX HPIX MLLX PROX TCMX TILX UTLX
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Kent Bridge, Ontario(map) Kent Bridge is the site of a siding on the CP Windsor sub just to the East of Chatham. The town itself is not much larger than one intersection.
23 images 2 videos Marks: CNA CP GTW MMA NOKL QGRY TTGX TTUX
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Mooretown, Ontario(map) Mooretown is a smaller town between the small towns of Corunna and Courtright on the CSX Sarnia sub.
18 images 1 videos Marks: CABX CP CWBX GLNX PROX TCMX UTLX
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Sarnia, Ontario(map) Sarnia has an absolutely massive CN freight yard. It also has the St. Clair tunnel across to Port Huron, CSX traffic, and a gaggle of running rights.
109 images 3 videos Marks: AGPX CABX CAGX CGTX CN CNA CSXT DCTX DTTX EMDX FURX GATX HPLX IC ICG LDSX LW NDYX NYC ONT PROX QCCX UTLX VIA
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Sombra, Ontario(map) Sombra is South of Courtright and North of Port Lambton and Wallaceburg on the CSX Sarnia sub.
27 images 1 videos Marks: CABX CP CPAA CRPX CWBX EEC GATX GLNX NATX NCIX PROX TCMX UTLX
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Tilbury, Ontario(map) Tilbury is home to Canada's last serviceable wig-wags on the CN Canada Southern (CASO) sub and is not really close to very much between Windsor and Fargo.
27 images 1 videos Marks: CGMX CN GTW HS IC PROX UNPX WC WCCL
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Tupperville, Ontario(map) Tupperville is a small town between Wallaceburg and Dresden on the CSX Sarnia sub.
23 images 1 videos Marks: ACFX CABX CP DCLX GATX GLNX HPIX NAHX NATX SCMX TCMX UTLX
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Wallaceburg, Ontario(map) Wallaceburg is the site of a still serviceable swing-bridge on the CSX Sarnia sub North-West of Chatham.
60 images 3 videos Marks: ACFX CABX CGTX CP CRPX CWBX DCLX GATX GLNX NATX PROX SCMX TCMX UTLX
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July 24th, 2005After the completion of this year's Ottawa Linux Symposium, Laura and I took 2 hours to see what trains we could find. We didn't have enough time to track down either QGRY or the Ottawa Central, but did catch the Hull, Chelsea, and Wakefield steam excursion returning just before 3pm and Ottawa's O-train crossing the Rideau River at Carleton University.
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Gatineau, Quebec(map) Immediately across the border from Ottawa, Gatineau contains the formerly independent city of Hull and houses the Quebec-Gatineau Railway (QGRY) and Hull, Chelsea, and Wakefield (HCW) scenic steam railway.
32 images 2 videos Marks: HCW
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Ottawa, Ontario(map) Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is home to the O-trains, a busy Via station, and the Ottawa Central.
7 images 1 videos Marks: OCT
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July 25th, 2005After dropping Jeff off at Aldershot, I stopped at Hamilton West to see if anything was coming. I caught #385 and #392 in quick succession and then proceeded home.
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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.
55 images 2 videos Marks: AEX AGPX AMCX AOK BALX BAR BCOL CAGX CEFX CGLX CGTX CN CNA CNLX CRDX CV CVC FURX GATX HCSX MMA NCHX NDYX PROX RCOX RFMX SHPX SRY TCMX UTCX UTLX WLO YKR
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July 27th, 2005On my way downtown to run some errands, I heard 431 entering Guelph and got trackside just on time to see it come over the Norfolk Bridge.
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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.
30 images 1 videos Marks: ALNX AMGX CN CNLX CNW CRDX GATX GEXR HCGX HOKX IC RLK UP
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