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2019

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April 19th, 2019

We explored our way around the East Coast of Canada, finding the CN unloading the St Lawrence ferry at Matane.

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April 20th, 2019

We stated our day in Gaspéand worked our way along the coast of the Baie des Chaleurs to Bathurst, New Brunswick, seeing the tourist train equipmentand MoW equipment along the temporarily abandoned Chemin de Fer de Gaspe.

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April 21st, 2019

We stopped to see what was happening at Moncton CN yard, finding the NBSR transfer departing for Saint John.

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April 23rd, 2019

As we were leaving the Reversing Falls, we spotted an NBSR local working in the nearby Irving plant.

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April 24th, 2019

We started our day in Moncton, catching an unexpected double-ended train on the bridge at the Reversing Falls as we wrapped up lunch, missing what would have been an excellent bridge shot. We finished our day in Campbellton, hearing the incessant squawk of an EOT, which we found attached to five cars near the Via station with no sign of the train they were meant to be attached to. They were gone the next morning.

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April 25th, 2019

We followed the CN from Campbellton to Mont-Joli, finding only a hy-rail on the line, but found a local preparing to head West at Matane on the branch. At the end of the day my daughter helped me find and record a train leaving Riviere-du-Loup but we didn't catch the symbol.

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April 26th, 2019

On our way home, we found an eastbound 306 with a BC Rail unit trailing and DPU at L'Islet off the 20.

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May 13th, 2019

Heartbreak in Gatineau: The Hull, Chelsea, Wakefield is truly no more, with both the track and the train itself ripped up. While the Union Pacific gets Big Boy 4014 up and running again, this is what Canada's national capital region tourist train looks like today. Surely we can do better. I had a chance to ride this train in 2006 and chasd it in 2005. It was closed almost a decade ago by washouts and never recovered, the equipment put up for sale and vandalised too much to save before it could be sold.

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June 7th, 2019

On my way to NMH to 20th reunion, I caught a southbound NECR with 3 rather thoroughly rebuilt SD40-2s switching the yard.

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December 6th, 2019

Traveling between Ottawa and home, I decided to finally take the time to look for the QGRY Friday run, which I had passed a few times without ever having time to watch it over the past few years. I found it faster than expected and chased it up the Buckingham spur to the end before carrying on.

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December 24th, 2019

We took off on a social and exploratory road trip to the US, catching our first local UP near Watertown, New York.

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December 26th, 2019

Leaving family near Buffalo, we continued westward, stopping for three eastbounds at the museum at North East. We found the Bessemer and Lake Erie with a rare BLE leader in the yard in Conneaut but could not get a good shot from the one forested vantage we found across the valley, and finished the day with a stop at the Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad, a railroad with the dubious distinction of being known for its rather exceptional lack of maintenance.

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December 27th, 2019

Railfanning Chicago is rather like shooting fish in a barrel if you handle the city itself. I am a country boy and so it isn't really my cup of tea. We did manage to catch a little bit of action as we entered and exited the city for (non-railfan) touristy reasons, although the day was off toa slightly bad start when I followed a different line from the one I thought I was following out of the city: with an EOT squawking away nearby but no sign of the train it was attached to, we admired the diamond at Stillwell for a few minutes before carrying on.

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December 28th, 2019

We followed the Iowa Interstate (IAIS) from Davenport to Omaha, catching an eastbound intermodal and ethanol train almost immediately, and parked but noisy power with a work clearance but not moving at Newport. We finished the day at the west end of the line watching headlights reflecting off the sides of nearby freight cars without the power ever actually materialising, to the amusement of a friendly railway security officer.

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December 29th, 2019

We wandered our way from Omaha, Nebraska to the middle of Kansas and had a banner day of catching parked shortline equipment and briefly chasing a westbound coal train.

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December 30th, 2019

Heading south out of Kansas, we just barely caught a six-engine eastbound BNSF whose symbol we didn't catch in Newton and stayed in the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma, where we caught a slightly different kind of train...

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December 31st, 2019

We worked our way through the jungles of Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston Texas on our way to spend New Year in the tourist trap of Galveston.