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… so it takes a bit of time to get them into their final “resting place”. Given that I have been working a lot, yet still taking more photos, the backlog has grown to an unsustainable size.
Fortunately, I have found some time in the past week or so to tackle that backlog, and I’m proud to say I’m down to a little over 400 photos and videos in the queue.
Anyway, as part of that backlog reduction, I found some “foreign power” that I wanted to share with you. Foreign power is usually defined as locomotives not operating on their owner’s railway… so CN running on CP tracks or vice versa, or any American railroad’s locomotives running on Canadian tracks.
Foreign power generally excites railfans like me, because it’s something rare and different. We like that.
The burnt Trinity Rail Express locomotive above is a good example. This unit was involved in a grade crossing accident with an asphalt truck in mid November 2018. Fortunately noone was seriously injured. The unit was being shipped to Cadrail in Quebec – apparently not on the most efficient route – and spent a day or two in Winnipeg. I had to find the right angle to photograph it as CP had thoughtfully parked two autoracks on a track parallel to this one.
Observers of Canadian railways will know that it’s far easier to see foreign power on CP than it is on CN. The Canadian Pacific Railway has a long tradition of power shortages and renting locomotives, dating from maybe the 1970s through today. The UP in particular is often seen on CP trains, leading or trailing.
I’ll close out with one recent lease unit on CN, which might be considered a “foreign” locomotive even though it is owned by a leasing company instead of a railway. CN has returned most of its leased units now, so the days of seeing leased ex CSX, ex UP or ex BNSF locomotives in regular service on CN are almost gone. I was glad to catch this warbonnet when I did.
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