Leapfrogging Home

After the CP cornucopia of cargo trains (see Hot Times on the CPR), 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.

As I approached from the east, I saw the tail end of a westbound freight train. I wasn’t able to see the head end, but the distributed braking boxcar CN 0061 on the tail end made a decent photo at 09:32.

Red boxcar on tail end of a freight train

I wanted to get an eastbound train with some sun on the nose. It ended up being an hour wait before CN 3058 came around the bend at 10:40 AM.

CN locomotive rounding a curve

It was a pretty generic freight train, but one of the tank cars caught my eye with its lack of a top valve.

White railway tank car

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I hit the road, chasing the train east toward Winnipeg. I managed to get to Elie before it and photographed it by the elevator at 11:10.

Long freight train on prairie under blue sky

The chase was on again, and I beat it to mile 20 to photograph it against the blue sky at 11:29.

CN freight train under blue sky

Only a few minutes later, CN 8017 came storming west at 11:36.

Three locomotives leading a freight rain under a blue sky

I liked the look of the red, white and black locomotives against the blue sky.

Two locomotives nose to nose

That was a wrap on a good morning of railfanning. Homeward!

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Framed photo of a passenger train at sunset

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