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August 17th, 2003
Laura had a 10:17 am train from Aldershot, so we spent the day after that railfanning. It was made more interesting by a derailment near Ingersoll on the CN Dundas sub.
(map) Georgetown's CN Silver is the site of the junction between CN's Halton sub and the CN-owned, GEXR-rented Guelph sub. It is between Guelph and Brampton on highway 7.
April 19th, 2005
Travelling to and from LinuxWorld Conference and Expo aboard trains 86 and 87, I managed to see a few interesting things. CN #271 had an ex-CNW dash 9 on it heading West, though I wasn't able to get pictures of it. The afternoon's #275 and #385 kept me busy during our treck from the Weston sub to the Guelph sub on the Halton sub.
October 2nd, 2005
To break the monotony on a Sunday afternoon, Laura and I headed to Scotch Block to see what we could find. We got stuck in traffic approaching Mansewood just North of Milton and watched CN #394 pass with 3 BNSF units. We finally broke out of the traffic a few minutes later and attempted to pursue them to the other side of Georgetown. We got to a grade crossing at mile 20 and heard #394 calling a foreman at mile 11... We went back to Scotch Block and saw a couple of trains, then went to see if CP had anything much to offer in spite of a track block at Galt until 18:00. We caught one train on the Hamilton sub.
CN #148 crosses Heritage drive just East of Georgetown with an Oakway unit trailing.
October 15th, 2005
We did a little exploring and caught six fairly normal trains everywhere from Drumbo to Georgetown.
CN #382 crosses Trafalgar Road near Silver.
CN #275 crosses Trafalgar Road.
January 13th, 2006
This Friday the 13th saw an unpatched SP unit on CN #148. We went to catch that and also caught CN #398, #392, #435, #422, CP #525 and #424 with 8 units. My camera decided the battery was dead as CN #435 approached, though it wasn't interesting power anyway.
CN #148 crosses Winston Churchill road with an unpatched SP GE unit in second.
March 26th, 2006
Rob warned me that 338 had 3 new CN GEVOs on it, probably the last three of this order. Trouble is, I was still asleep. When I got up, I got the message and, hoping I wasn't too late, went to Georgetown, where I saw 5 CN-powered freight trains in two hours but clearly had long missed the GEVOs, leaving CN as the only class one from which I have not seen a GEVO.
CN #422 crosses Winston Churchill Boulevard with a short train.
CN #392 heads through Georgetown station with CN/IC 6100 trailing.
CN #332 passes through the station.
CN #435 runs through with CN 9540, a GP40-2W that seems to show up everywhere, and CN 377377, a cylindrical hopper I've shot more times than I can count.
CN #392 finishes off 2 fruitful hours of railfanning the Halton.
March 30th, 2006
I heard CN #394 with a BNSF SD40-2 at Hamilton West and decided I should give it a go, making it to Georgetown well ahead of it. We caught #394, #148, #145, #398, GEXR #431, CN #411, and then beat GEXR #431 to a crossing half way between Rockwood and Acton as it went up Acton grade kind of slowly.
CN #394 dives out of the sun at Georgetown station with a BNSF heritage-painted SD40-2 in the lead.
CN #148 passes through Georgetown with a green BNSF in second.
CN #145 brings a load of trailers through Georgetown.
CN #398 passes through.
GEXR #431 approaches Silver with just barely enough power to climb Acton grade.
CN #411 passes through the station with only CN power.
April 26th, 2006
On the third and final day of the conference I tried to shoot GMD1 CN 1431 on CN #542 at HalWest, where it had been on Monday when I was not ready for it. It was a bit further than I hoped but I managed one telephoto shot through the window of VIA #86's LRC coach I was sitting in. I also shot a few GO trains and found myself riding behind VIA 916 for the trip home. VIA 916 had been the only Via P42dc that I had not shot in daylight, so I got ahead of it after getting off in Guelph and shot it crossing Alma.
May 13th, 2006
We got out for CN #435 with ONT 2102 leading, catching CN #393 and #396 at mile 30 followed by CN #435, #392, GEXR #432, and CN #148 at Georgetown.
CN #435 passes through Georgetown station with ONT 2102 on point.
CN #392 passes through on the South track.
GEXR #432 comes off the Guelph sub.
CN #148 wraps up the day with a leaser unit.
June 10th, 2006
We went after and just missed an NS-NS powered CN #392 at Georgetown and then went after a late NS #328 at Hamilton West.
VIA #84 comes off the Guelph sub for its station stop at Georgetown.
VIA #85 stops at Georgetown before heading up the Guelph.
CN #271 sports a spartan cab NS GE.
December 15th, 2006
CN #422 had 5 Venezuelan SD70ACes on delivery and CN #394-14 had a KCS SD70ACe on point. Both well worth getting. Trains for the day were VIA #85, CN #271, #422, #148, #394-13, #393, GEXR #432, and #394-14.
VIA #85 does its station slow at Georgetown.
CN #271 pulls to a stop to meet CN #422, the latter carrying five EMDX-lettered Venezuela-bound SD70ACes.
CN #148 meets CN #271 at Georgetown.
CN #394-13 passes through the Via station at Georgetown.
December 23rd, 2006
We went to the Halton sub hoping for CN #278. We caught CN #271 at Silver Junction in Georgetown, CN #278 at Brampton GO station, then, with nothing else in the area, wandered up to Vaughan Intermodal Terminal to see what was happening there. CP #103 showed up shortly after we did with 5 AC4400CWs and 6 autoracks to pick up its intermodal cars, a yard job was working, and CP #104 took off with two SD90/43MACs light power. We returned home via Streetsville, where we just missed a CP eastbound, then headed to mile 30 where we caught CN #393 and #422, the latter being the only CN train of the day lacking foreign power.
CN #271 with CEFX 7099 heads through Silver Junction in Georgetown.
February 3rd, 2007
Steve picked me up and we went to Georgetown for CN #271 and CN #390, both with all-BNSF power, VIA #85 with 6429/Telus, Brampton to meet Dan and see CN #435 with CN 2204 on point and #338, Mount Pleasant GO station for GEXR #432 and CN #393 with a UP GEVO trailing, and back to Georgetown for CN #148 with two consecutively numbered ex-Alstom WCs.
CN #271 with two BNSF units passes CN #390 with two BNSF units at Georgetown station.
VIA #85 with the Telus unit does its station stop.
CN #148 passes through Georgetown station with consecutively numbered WC SD40-3s.
February 24th, 2007
We went to Mount Pleasant GO for CN #454 with CN-CP power and CN #397 with CN-UP-CN-CEFX(BN), Georgetown for Via #84, Mansewood to see a parked CN #392 with BNSF-EMDX(UP) power, returning home for lunch and other events.
VIA #84 pulls through Georgetown station by the GO trains parked for the weekend.
May 21st, 2007
We went to the berms at Aldershot for Schnabel move CN #388, getting VIA #70 while we waited, then headed to chase it passing CN #399 with a DMIR unit in fourth, so we turned around and went back to Bayview for that. After #399 we headed up toward Georgetown to get ahead of #388 again, getting him at 3rd line, 5th line where he met CN 435, 6th line, and Maple Ave where he met VIA #85. From there we hit the road again and went up to Palgrave on the Mactier sub for CP #434 with two RLK HR412, catching CP #106 pulling into Bolton on the way back. Not bad for a few hours out.
VIA #85 crosses under Maple Avenue and meets CN #388 at the Georgetown station platform.
June 9th, 2007
We went to Puslinch for CPs 147, 240, 142, 198, across to mile 30 for CN 435 and 384, up to Georgetown for lunch and CN 422, GEXR 432, CN 392 and 393, back to Guelph Junction for CP 424, another 198, 141, and 243 with two UPY GenSets and across to Ayr for 243 setting off those same UPY GenSets for a reason that remains a mystery to me and London Pickup, catching CP 241 at mileboard Killean on the way home.
CN #422 passes Georgetown station.
GEXR #432 comes off the Guelph sub and holds at the Credit for CN #392 to pass.
CN #393 heads west.
August 18th, 2007
We went to Guelph station for VIA #84 and #85, and Georgetown for CN #384, #148, #422, #398, GEXR #432, CN #393, #394, #435, GEXR #431, and VIA #87.
CN #384 passes Georgetown station with its trademark cut of intermodal.
CN #148 passes looking quite normal.
CN #422 passes with two empty 8-axle flats.
CN #398 takes the north track through town.
GEXR #432 passes Georgetown station with 3835 leading long hood forward.
CN #393 pulls through Georgetown station with an IC SD70 trailing.
CN #394 pulls through Georgetown station.
CN #435 rumbles through Georgetown Via station.
GEXR #431 passes through the station on its way to the Guelph sub.
VIA #87 performs its station stop at Georgetown Via station.
April 18th, 2010
CN #525 passed through Georgetown station with mostly new boxcars from NSC as I waited to pick a friend up on the GO bus.
CN #525 passes through Georgetown station with a long cut of new NSC boxes.