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December 30th, 2009

I went to Terrebonne to meet local railfans Sam and J-F. They took me on an excellent adventure along the CN Lac-St-Jean subdivision to chase CN 369 with DPU south back to Shawinigan and catch VIA 601 with ex-GO units. We caught both of those and CN L522 in Shawinigan, finding out only after returning to Terrebonne about a wind turbine train on the QGRY that we silently passed in Trois-Rivières. Excellent, if extremely cold, day over all. The time between shots and videos was mostly taken up warming the camera batteries so they would have enough strength for the next set of shots, not always succeeding as the video camera frequently gave up from the cold -18C + windchill chase.

Hervey Junction, Quebec

(map) Hervey Junction is the connection of the CN Lac St Jean and CN La Tuque subdivisins north-east of Garneau Yard and Shawinigan.

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Rivière-à-Pierre, Quebec

(map) Rivière-à-Pierre is north-east of Hervey Junction on the CN Lac St Jean subdivision.

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CN M369 leaves Rivière-à-Pierre moments after meeting an eastbound spreader.

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Notre-Dame-de-Montauban, Quebec

(map) Notre-Dame-de-Montauban is just east of Lac-aux-Sables and Hervey Junction on the CN Lac St Jean subdivsion.

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CN M369 with DPU heads west along the CN Lac St Jean subdivision.

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Lac-aux-Sables, Quebec

(map) Lac-aux-Sables is just east of Hervey Junction on the CN Lac St Jean subdivision.

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CN M369 continues westbound along the Lac St Jean subdivision.

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Hervey Junction, Quebec

(map) Hervey Junction is the connection of the CN Lac St Jean and CN La Tuque subdivisins north-east of Garneau Yard and Shawinigan.

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CN M369 passes through Hervey-Jonction Via station minutes before meeting VIA 601 at Ste-Thècle siding.

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Ste-Thècle, Quebec

(map) Ste-Thècle is the first siding west of Hervey Junction on the CN Lac St Jean subdivison.

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VIA 601 with two retired GO units enters the siding at Ste-Thècle to meet CN M369.

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Hervey Junction, Quebec

(map) Hervey Junction is the connection of the CN Lac St Jean and CN La Tuque subdivisins north-east of Garneau Yard and Shawinigan.

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VIA 601 enters Hervey-Jonction station and splits into two trains, one for Senneterre and one for Jonquiere.

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Shawinigan, Quebec

(map) Shawinigan and Grand-Mère are the site of CN Garneau Yard which is the junction of the CN Joliette and CN Lac St Jean subdivisions as well as several large aluminium and paper facilities.

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