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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Detouring Trains

I'm going to be heading up to Moncton on Saturday and/or Sunday to catch the detouring CN 148/149 trains. There is a strike at the Port of Montreal, so ships are being diverted to Halifax, which means that these trains will be loading/unloading out of Halifax instead of Montreal.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm A Twit

I finally decided to join the Twitter world.

You can follow me there if you'd like. It's really only going to be train sightings in the area and such..nothing really fancy.

Don't forget to check out my Youtube page as well:


Monday, July 12, 2010

Grand Falls In The Heat - Part 2

After catching 121, we decided to head towards Edmundston, to catch them after the crew change. In most circumstances, the crew change is pretty quick, but for some reason, they were taking awhile. About 90 minutes after arriving in Edmundston, they depart, and pass by mile 5.78 of CN's Pelletier Sub.

We knew that CN 308 was ordered in Edmundston for about 2pm. As they were ready to leave, they were told they would be meeting CN 305 in the siding at Saint Leonard. The siding in Saint Leonard is the longest siding on the Napadogan Sub, at around 9200 feet. Unfortunately, it's only about 25 miles outside Edmundston, meaning that if trains are forced to meet there, then one train can't really leave Edmundston until the other train is close. Anyway, there's a private crossing at the siding. We set up shop, and a short time later, the meet took place.

We decided to venture further down the line to catch 308 one more time before heading home. We settled for a crossing just outside of Plaster Rock, NB, mile 161.75 on the Napadogan Sub. About an hour later, it finally showed up. Because of the extreme heat, it was forced to a speed restriction.

After that, we decided to venture home. It was quite a long day...12 hours in 43 degree celcuis heat was enough.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Northern New Brunswick With Alot Of Heat

On Wednesday, myself and Dave Dineen (nbsrfan) ventured up to the Grand Falls/Edmundston, NB area to railfan. At the peak of the day, it was 43 degrees celcius with the humidex. With plenty of liquids and a car with an AC, we were ready.

We arrived in the area shortly before 6:30am to find red/red signals at the Ennishore siding. We ventured in to grab some, McDonalds. We went back and waited. At around 9am, the signals finally changed to green/red, indicating 121 was on it's way. We both decided to do something different. I went for a more scenic shot with my video, shoot back towards the train, on an uphill slope facing down. It turned out great, I think.

Dave had borrowed my other camera to do work with picture in picture. Here's his video:

He did a really great job with the picture in picture set up!

The day was just beginning, and so was the heat!

Part 2 later.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

To all my Canadian followers out there, have a happy Canada Day! Try not to be too hungover tomorrow morning!