7 Trains in 90 Minutes

I went out one afternoon to the CN main line to see what I could see. It turned out to be a pretty high traffic period, and I saw seven trains in ninety minutes.

One

CN 2976 westbound at mile 16
CN 2976 westbound at mile 16

15:47 – First up was CN 2976 West. I was sitting near mile 16 of the CN Rivers subdivision and got the “wedgie” as they came rolling past.

I really liked this KegRiver car (KEGX 244027) on the train. I think KegRiver is a chemical company but I could be wrong.

A KegRiver car
A KegRiver car

It was a little quiet after that, so I ended up driving a bit west, and I eventually found an eastbound train.

Two

CN 2305 East at mile 17
CN 2305 East at mile 17

16:12: CN 2305 was the lead unit on this general freight train as they passed the mile 17 boards.

After they passed, I saw a headlight to the east…

Three

CN 2914 West at mile 16
CN 2914 West at mile 16

16:21: This was a westbound container train, led by CN 2914. I was back at mile 16 for the shot, nine minutes after the last train.

After that train passed, I chose to relocate a bit further west, ready for the next train, 14 minutes later.

Four

CN 8927 East at mile 17.8
CN 8927 East at mile 17.8

16:35: I chose to shoot a “going away” photo, given the sun was in the west and getting closer to the horizon. Here they are passing the signals at mile 17.8.

It wasn’t long before the next train came along, and I photographed them at the same location.

Five

CN 8956 West at mile 17.8
CN 8956 West at mile 17.8

16:45: I went down into the ditch to get a low angle on CN 8956 West as they passed the signals.

I’ve been meaning to photograph one of these Giant Tiger containers. They are quite striking.

Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger

It says “Tigre Géant” on the other side… reminiscent of the Canadian National / Canadien National double sided rail cars.

I started to make my way east toward Winnipeg after that train passed, but I encountered another eastbound train following the previous one.

Six

CN 2179 West at mile 16
CN 2179 West at mile 16

16:58: Here we are back at mile 16 for the third time, with a westbound train led by some older power – and a shadow selfie.

CN 2179 is ex ATSF/BNSF 835, a “Dash 8” (C40-8W) and the unit behind it, CN 2445, is also a “Dash 8” (C40-8M), one of the few “cowl” units left on the CN roster… and with the “CN North America” logo to boot.

CN 2447 with the CNNA logo
CN 2447 with the CNNA logo

This general freight train had a lot of grain cars, including this cool BC Rail car BCOL 802372.

BCOL 802372 on the move
BCOL 802372 on the move

There were a fair number of newish CN grain hoppers mixed in with the older grain cars.

New CN grain hoppers
New CN grain hoppers

I’m glad the train was loud enough that you can’t hear me shout “POOOOL!” as this ex Saskatchewan Wheat Pool car went by.

WFRX 850713 - POOOOOL
WFRX 850713 – POOOOOL

This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen that car – I saw it earlier in 2021, on January 17.

I decided to head home at that point. I had to get home and make some supper, after all…

Wanting to prolong the magic, I elected to roll east along Wilkes Avenue paralleling the main line. I was rewarded for that choice with a seventh train.

Seven

CN 5630 West near Carman Junction
CN 5630 West near Carman Junction

17:14: I didn’t have any time to set up for this one. I saw the approaching train, pulled off the road and parked, and jumped out with my DSLR to take video as the train passed by. A “grab shot”, as it were.

So there you go – the first train was at 15:47 and the last at 17:14, squeezing 7 trains in a hair under 90 minutes. Busy times on the Rivers subdivision.

The Video

Seven Trains in Ninety Minutes

I elected to edit all of the trains into one video. Unfortunately the video file for one train (CN 8956 West) was corrupt, so I included stills for that train instead. I’ve never had that happen before… very strange.

I had my drone in the air for a few of the early trains, but I ran out of charged batteries before too long! I was hardly expecting seven trains…

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4 thoughts on “7 Trains in 90 Minutes”

  1. I would describe seeing a Pool hopper as a rare event. Seeing a BC Rail grain hopper has to be a far more unlikely event than seeing the Pool car. Add in the cowl Dash 8, and it seems that the entire train was a collection of oddities. Well done!

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  2. There are lots of painted out Pools, so finding a logo intact is a good day. There are only four BCRail lettered covered hoppers like that.

    Thanks for sharing, Steve.
    Eric

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    • Thanks, Eric! I didn’t realize there are only four painted BC Rail hoppers. I’ve seen a few “plain Jane” grey hoppers with BCOL reporting marks but they aren’t terribly interesting by comparison.

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