Leapfrogging Home

CN locomotive rounding a curve

After the CP cornucopia of cargo trains, I went south to the CN main line to see some more trains. I decided to head to Nattress on the east side of the Assiniboine River.

Hot Times on the CPR

Train passing the Richardson plant in Portage la Prairie Manitoba

Around Winnipeg, CN runs a lot more trains than CP does. I’d say you can see three times as many trains on CN west of the city. However, the ratio was a little more even on June 20, 2021.

Between the Buildings

Locomotive crossing a street at night

During our planning for my trip to Waterloo, Ontario, my son Nick suggested that we should try to catch the CN local running down the Elmira spur through town. It’s a really interesting operation. One highlight on the route is where it runs between two buildings in downtown Waterloo en route to Elmira.

Book Review: Trains of Newfoundland

Trains of Newfoundland book cover

I had high expectations for Trains of Newfoundland, the fourth book by Kenneth G. Pieroway on railways in Newfoundland. I’m happy to say that my expectations were met and exceeded. This beautiful 122 page book features a foreword by Robert J. Sandusky, a preface, a map and a condensed timeline, but the vast majority of … Read more

Bayview Junction

GO Transit passing the CN Bayview sign

I crossed another item off my “to do list” – I visited Bayview Junction in Ontario. I listed three goals for 2022 in my Looking Back, Looking Forward post at the start of this year: As the classic Meatloaf song goes, “two out of three ain’t bad.” I rode the Canadian to Sioux Lookout earlier … Read more

It’s Been a While

Blurred train moving fast

I haven’t been railfanning much. I haven’t felt like it and I’ve been respecting that. In October I took a few photos of trains – almost entirely because I was bicycling past – and I didn’t “go out railfanning” once. In early November, I was finally inspired to go photograph some trains. On Friday night … Read more

Photo Gift Guide

Picture of grain elevator over desk

If you’re looking for some gift ideas for your favourite railfan, I have a few suggestions for gifts featuring photos. I use Redbubble to sell a variety of products featuring my photography (you can view my portfolio here). One of the main reasons why I like Redbubble is because they have such a huge range … Read more

Travel by Rail from Berlin to Cologne

Berlin Hauptbahnhof sign

My wife and I went to Germany in late 2021 to visit the Christmas markets. After we toured the markets in Berlin, it was time to travel to visit the Christmas markets in Cologne. We arrived at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (central station) well before our train’s scheduled departure time. It’s better to be early than late… … Read more