The Glorious First of June – Part 1

June 1, 2019 was a pretty glorious day of railfanning. So glorious, in fact, that I have to present it in two parts. I set out early in the morning to take some photographs of grain elevators with my drone. Since it was June 1, the new drone rules came into effect and there were … Read more

Recent Foreign Power

I have a massive backlog of photos and video to process. It’s embarrassing, really. I had more than a thousand images and videos, dating back to mid March, waiting to be renamed, keyworded and filed away on my file server. I try to be very organized with my photos so I can find photos later… … Read more

Rare Mileage for the Prairie Dog

It was about 8:06 AM on Saturday, June 22. I was laying in bed, wondering if I should get up or doze a little longer. I put my glasses on, checked my phone, and saw a Facebook message from a friend, from 6:40 AM. “If you are up Steve PDC leaves GWWD at 0900” I … Read more

Louis Riel Day Railfanning

Back on February 18, 2019, I was sitting at home, wondering what to do. It was Louis Riel Day, a holiday here in Manitoba, which always amuses me. As someone who was schooled primarily in eastern Canada, I was taught that Louis Riel was a traitor to Canada who was justifiably hung for his crimes. … Read more

Two If By Air

I’ve had my drone for a few months now and I can say that I am starting to get the hang of it. I’m still no expert but I have used it enough that I have confidence that I will get a decent video out of it. I was out for my regular late Tuesday … Read more

A Good Time, Not A Long Time

I went out for a little late evening / sunset photography on April 20th, hoping to get a chance to fly my drone and get some overhead shots. It didn’t work out exactly as I hoped, but I ended up being pretty satisfied with the photos I did get. As I approached the south / … Read more

Busy Times on the Sprague Sub

It was February 3, 2019 and I was out railfanning on the last few miles of the CN Sprague subdivision, around the Lorette siding at mile 138.2. In the hour or so that I was out there, I saw three trains and a meet. I encountered CN 3054 West as I was driving out from … Read more

Before the Dawn

I’m what you would call a morning person. I usually get up at 6 AM – at least on weekdays – and go for a walk, then have breakfast and shower. By 7:30 I’m ready to roll. On weekends, I might sleep in until 8:30 or so but often I eschew that for railfanning. This … Read more

A Comedy of Errors

I went out railfanning early in the morning of March 23, full of hope for a good morning of photographing trains and flying my drone. You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men often going awry… or, to more accurately quote the Robert Burns poem, “The best laid schemes … Read more

Chasing Along the Weyburn Subdivision

After visiting the Stony Beach grain elevator, I went out again on February 1. This time I had decided to head to Pasqua then head down the CP Weyburn subdivision toward its namesake town. I had never been along this line. As I arrived at Pasqua, where the Weyburn subdivision branches off the main line … Read more