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September 1st, 2007
I heard horns as a train entered Brattleboro but didn't have the scanner on and so had no warning. After a few minutes it became apparent that the train was still in town so I went down to check it out and found NECR #323 parked on the siding in town with no crew. It didn't leave until around 2 the next morning.
(map) This town is on the New England Central Railway track near the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont borders.
September 2nd, 2007
I went down after lunch to shoot the hour-late southbound Amtrak Vermonter, finding it with locomotive AMTK 4 trailing. Several minutes later it crossed the detector 3 miles away at Vernon at 13 miles an hour.
Amtrak's Vermonter passes Brattleboro's wastewater treatment centre on its way out of town.
September 3rd, 2007
The very last day of our trip saw us waking up at a friend's house in Burlington, Vermont and stopping in at St. Albans to see what was around, crossing Lake Champlain to see Rouses Point and finding the Amtrak Adirondack with its complement of border guards and not much else. We saw a few other trains from the 401 as we returned home later in the afternoon but did not have the time to stop. With that, our 10-day, 4300 km mixed social and railfan trip came to an end.
St. Albans, Vermont
(map) CN and NECR (New England Central Railway) meet at St. Albans. Amtrak's Vermonter originates here at 06:35 and returns at 20:45. There is a large yard in the town and the station is sufficiently well lit for readable night shots without a tripod or flash in the winter.
SD9 GSWR 1901 works St. Albans yard.
Rouses Point, New York
Rouses Point is on the D&H at the border of Quebec, Vermont, and New York.
September 8th, 2007
Steve and I headed down to Galt station for a couple of hours to see what was happening. When we got there, we found CP 138 getting ready to leave and were not able to get out ahead of it, Galt yard job, and CPs #243 and #241 both with rent-a-wrecks.
(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.
CP #241 passes through Galt with a SOO leader and a rent-a-wreck.
CP #243 follows CP #241 with another rental unit and another white SOO.
September 15th, 2007
We went up to Radio World at 400/Steeles to pick up an antenna to replace the one we lost on our trip. We met up with a friend there and all headed down to Bartlett St. in Toronto on the CP North Toronto sub before heading to Guelph Junction on our way home.
(map) The capital of Ontario, this city has a number of very busy lines and yards on both the CP and CN networks.
CP #105 starts its transcontinental treck with a CEFX SD90 in tow.
A CP westbound crosses Bartlett Rd., in Toronto.
CP #231 intermodal transfer heads for Obico.
CP #242 heads for Agincourt.
A CP train comes off the Mactier sub.
CP #106 reaches the end of its journey.
Another CP eastbound pulls into Toronto.
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.
CP #243 heads into the OCS at nightfall.
CP #241 passes Guelph Junction West in last light.