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February 3rd, 2008
I got X432 with several G26MC-2 export units for PJKA (Indonesia - Perusahaan Jawatan Kereta Api) and a handful of JT42CWR Class 66s for EuroCargo Rail at Brampton diamond on my way home from a meeting.
(map) Brampton is mile 15 of the CN Halton sub and mile 8 of the Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY) shortline.
CN #392 crosses Brampton diamond with 3 CN SD70M-2s.
GEXR X432 crosses Brampton diamond in very last light with 5 Inodonesian G26MC-2 export units for PJKA (Perusahaan Jawatan Kereta Api) and 3 EuroCargo Rail JT42CWR series 66 units.
February 18th, 2008
DETOURS! A wreck at Aldershot East sent three CN freights and countless VIAs over the GEXR Guelph sub. Naturally I spent the day at Guelph station. Last detours were five years previous, almost to the day. The day started with VIA #82 coming through Guelph station ahead of VIA #84-#70, followed by VIA #85, a chase of GEXR #580 down the Fergus sub, VIA #73 and #72 meeting at Guelph, CN #396, CN #394, VIA #75, VIA #87-#83, and CN #392 with 2 UPs to finish it up. In the cold weather, I had finished off all my camera batteries by #392 and my still camera gave out after shooting the lead unit on the train which had CN-UP-UP-CN-CN for power. Re-using an almost-dead battery got me through the end of the evening.
(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.
VIA #73 waits in the siding for VIA #72 to through Guelph, before backing out and taking off.
CN #396, the first of three freight detours, passes Guelph station.
CN #394, the second of three freight detours, passes Guelph Via station in heavy snow.
Detouring VIA #75 goes through Guelph station.
VIA #87 combined with VIA #83 comes into Guelph station with 13 coaches and two engines, performs its station stop, reverses back to the viaduct, and enters the siding for CN #392 with CN 2659-UP 3234-UP 2681-CN 5648-CN 5666. CN #392 passes some time later, and VIA #87/#83 backs out of the siding to continue on its trip, now over an hour late after arriving at the station only a bit over half an hour late.
VIA #82 takes the scenic route to Toronto via the Guelph sub, starting a day of detours.
VIA #84 tows VIA #70 across the Guelph sub to Toronto.
A GEXR foreman passes through Guelph station after cleaning the east siding switch.
VIA #85 performs its station stop on schedule amidst the detours.
GEXR #580 heads down the Fergus Spur toward Cambridge.
February 23rd, 2008
In the morning, we got GEXR X432, 6 units light power on the way to Toronto from the farmers' market. In the afternoon we caught it coming back as a potash unit train on our way to the airfield for me to do a checkout flight in C-GQRA. While my instructor and I flew around, Laura sat in the back and took photos, mostly of the controversial Lafarge lands in the core of Guelph.
GEXR X432 heads for Toronto with 6 units light power.
GEXR X431 returns from Toronto with a solid train of potash.
These pictures and videos are taken by plane in no specific places.