Snow Time

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.

The Rivers

CN 2334 on the prairie
CN 2334 on the prairie

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 2334 approaching the west-facing signals
CN 2334 approaching the west-facing signals

CN 8009 was in the middle of the train, followed by some double stack containers.

Mid train unit
Mid train unit

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

CP 8743 in the snow
CP 8743 in the snow

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.

ICE ICE baby
ICE ICE baby

I like tail end locomotives. It’s like you get another “coming” shot.

Tail end
Tail end

I do love snow shots.

Here’s the video.

About half an hour later, an eastbound container train came blasting past.

CP Number Two

DANGER
DANGER

We had a little horn show from the engineer, which was nice.

The train had three locomotives:

  1. CP 8060 on the head end
  2. CP 8637 in the middle
  3. 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.

CN 8921

A bulldog face
A bulldog face

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.

Maersk, Maersk everywhere
Maersk, Maersk everywhere

Here’s the video:

And then they were gone.

4 thoughts on “Snow Time”

  1. nice photos of winter trains,
    not seeing much in these parts. other than the odd CP train as i’m on the mainline for both CP and CN and i am sure you are aware of the situation with the CN tracks near Belleville Ont.
    Found your blog a while ago and have enjoyed them, and along with the grain elevators pictures as well, myself and lady friend went searching in Saskatchewan a couple years ago and it is sad to see them go,

    Reply
    • Hey Doug, thanks for commenting! Not much moving in Ontario on CN, hopefully that will be resolved shortly.

      If you want to see grain elevators again, go soon as I’m sure at least another half dozen will go this year. The pace seems to be accelerating.

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