I was out in the morning of February 8th, 2020 looking for some CP heritage units, as is my wont these days. It was a bit of a blustery, snowy morning, a morning good for train photography.
On my way north, I found an eastbound train stopped short of mile 15 on the Rivers subdivision. They started rolling forward, so I relocated to near Diamond to capture them as they passed the signals.
CN 8009 was in the middle of the train, followed by some double stack containers.
After the train passed, I returned to the Perimeter Highway and headed up to the CP Carberry subdivision.
I found my friend Brian S hanging out there, so we chatted while waiting for a train to come along.
It didn’t take long.
CP Number One
It was a westbound (empty) oil train, rolling through the snow.
I found it interesting that it had different buffer cars on each end. The head end had a boxcar (DME 5400) and the tail end had a covered hopper (ICE 260318). Usually buffer cars are old grain cars.
I like tail end locomotives. It’s like you get another “coming” shot.
I do love snow shots.
Here’s the video.
About half an hour later, an eastbound container train came blasting past.
CP Number Two
We had a little horn show from the engineer, which was nice.
The train had three locomotives:
- CP 8060 on the head end
- CP 8637 in the middle
- CP 8022 on the tail end
See the lead photo of this post for CP 8022 trailing.
Here’s the video.
At this point, I had to head out, so I said my goodbyes to Brian and headed south along the Perimeter. As I crossed over the Rivers sub, I saw headlights to the east, so a quick exit took me trackside to greet CN 8921 West at Hall Road.
Three locomotives on the head end and nowhere else… they were moving along at a good clip, hauling a mile or two of doublestack containers. There were quite a few Maersk containers on the train.
Here’s the video:
And then they were gone.