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May 20th, 2006
I wasn't planning to railfan today, so I only spent 10 hours trackside... today's haul: Via #70, CN #390 (with CEFX-CSX for power), and NS #327 (2 BNSF executive units) at Copetown, NS #327 again and CN #148 at Ingersoll, CP #159, CP #424, CP London Pickup, and CN #399 at London, and CN #393, CN #422, CN #398 (with a TTX caboose!), CN #421, CN #396, CN #435, and CN #275 at mile 30.
(map) Copetown is the top of Dundas hill. Trains line up at the top as people would at a waterslide, and other trains slowly grind their way up the hill. It's just to the East of Brantford.
VIA #70 starts down Copetown hill.
CN #392 heads down Copetown hill with a CEFX and CSX engine for power.
NS #327 climbs Copetown grade with 2 BNSF executive units, the first still in unpatched BN paint.
(map) The CN Dundas, the CP St. Thomas, and the OSR Port Burwell subs are very active through Ingersoll, with the CP Galt sub just to the North in Zorra.
NS #327 rushes through Ingersoll.
CN #148 passes through Ingersoll.
(map) The home of EMD, the plant responsible for a lot of the large engines we see on the rails today, London hosts the West end of the GEXR Guelph sub at the CN yard where the CN Dundas sub joins the CN Strathroy and CN Talbot subs, CP's yard, and the CP Windsor and Galt subs.
CP #159 crosses under the flightpath at London airport.
CP London Pickup crosses Buck Diamond in London.
Scotch Block, Ontario
(map) Scotch Block is an excellent photography location at mp 30.0 CN Halton sub, between Milton and Georgetown.
CN #393 heads down the hill.
CN #422 climbs the escarpment.
CN #398 lugs a TTX caboose by a gaggle of foamers.
CN #421 heads toward the Grimsby sub.
CN #396 passes the Scotch Block lookout.
CN #435 carries a GP9u westward.
CN #275 slips by as the light begins to fail.