Catching the Morning Trains

CP 834 rolling into Winnipeg

The day after “thinking different” on Boxing Day 2020, I went out again on December 27th for more railfanning. It turned out to be a busy morning on the rails. First I headed to the CP just west of Winnipeg, and caught this approaching eastbound freight train around sunrise. I really liked the look of … Read more

The Grand Trunk Unit

I heard through the railfan grapevine that one of the CN heritage locomotives, the blue and red Grand Trunk unit, was in Winnipeg and about to head out on train CN 347 early in the afternoon. The crew was ordered for 12:30, which is when they show up for duty. They have to get their … Read more

Turn Around

Sunset silhouette

Often it pays to look at something from more than one angle. I almost missed a good photo opportunity because I didn’t consider every angle. In Search of Sunset Late one afternoon, I was in my house, wrapping up work and thinking about supper when I looked outside and saw a beautiful sunset developing. I … Read more

Two Red Trains Meeting

Two red trains meetingWintry freezing afternoonNumb fingers, warm heart Southward train, mixed freightFour engines, lifeless and coldTrail behind crazy eights. Switch is against themConductor braves the fierce coldSets the record straight Northbound train, mostly oilStuck on the sidelines for nowNow time to escape Smoking and rumblingLong gloss black snake tail trailingSteel monster heads north A … Read more

That’s a Wrap!

Canadian Pacific revealed five refurbished locomotives on November 11, 2019, painted in military inspired colours to honour the women and men of the Canadian and American armed forces. As I mentioned in my recent Cross Air Force off the List post, I’d seen four of those five locomotives. Now it’s five out of five. I’d … Read more

Crazy Railfans

Conductor: “Clear signal.”Engineer: “Clear.”C: “It should be clear all the way past Meadows. RTC says we have a meet at Marquette. 298.”E: “Gotcha.” If it wasn’t so overcast, the crew of train 411 would have seen the sun rising as they left Winnipeg. As it was, the temperature was a cool -7 Celsius, not bad … Read more

The BC Rail Heritage Unit

BC Rail heritage unit CN 3115

I mentioned in a recent post that CN had five locomotives specially painted to honour the railways they acquired since their 1995 privatization. Naturally, railfans chimed in with their opinions, the railways don’t care, and the trains keep rolling. Ahem. The word circulated that CN 3115, the BC Rail “heritage” unit, would be leading train … Read more

Oil Trains on the Sprague

Train passing through Ste Anne automated rail inspection portal

It looked like a beautiful Sunday morning, very nice for railfanning… sunny and blue skies galore. I hit the road and headed toward Symington Yard, intending to take a look and see if I could find the “heritage” CN 7600 that was at the shops earlier. Those plans were derailed replaced by a single red … Read more

Cross “Air Force” Off The List

As many railfans know, the Canadian Pacific Railway painted five of their refurbished SD70ACu locomotives to honour the armed services of Canada and the US. Each are painted differently to represent different branches of the militaries and/or time periods. The five are CP 6644 “D-Day”, CP 7020 “NATO green”, CP 7021 “Sand”, CP 7022 “Navy”, … Read more