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February 19th, 2003
Shortly after the derailment in Woodstock on the CN Dundas sub, something fell off another train on the same track, hitting the train behind it and causing further detours on the GEXR Guelph sub.
(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.
A Via P42 engine number 920 proceeds Westward through downtown Guelph, crossing Dublin street. This is the video I showed a Guelph traffic cop who came by to tell us someone had called in a 947 - suspicious person - report on us. We had been, after all, standing on the side of the road for an hour and a half with cameras around our neck when they came. The officer, seeing that we were harmless by asking about another train still visible disappearing around the corner, radioed that the backup unit on the way was not needed, and then asked about the camera and flash card, evidentially interested in computers. I then offered to show a video from earlier in the night and he said sure, and enthusiastically watched this clip. It was my second encounter with police in 5 days wondering what I was doing and being totally satisfied by the explanation of "trainfanning".
AMTK #88 with locomotive 33 comes around the corner late at night off in the distance.