Top 12 of 2018

Snowy train on January 14, 2018
Snowy train on January 14, 2018

I’ve picked one photo from each month in 2018 as my “best”. I know it’s subjective. Here we go.

January’s photo was taken on the 14th on a very snowy day – it was a terrible day for driving but a good day for railfanning!

Sunrise train in Ghent, Belgium

February’s photo is in Ghent in Belgium. I was there for work and I was waiting for my train to take me to Aalter (blog post).

Potash train glinting at sunset, March 30, 2018
Potash train glinting at sunset, March 30, 2018

I was out at sunset on March 30 and I was super pleased with this “glint” shot of a westbound potash train outside Winnipeg.

CN 2272 nose to nose with CN 8010

In April I was out railfanning a lot – I had a series “4 Days in April” and the above photo was in part 3 of that series.

CN 2977 passing the Rothesay train station
CN 2977 passing the Rothesay train station

In mid May I was in Saint John, New Brunswick and I chased CN 406 with Caleb Wentzell. The above photo was taken at the historic Rothesay train station.

The oldest grain elevator in western Canada – Elva, Manitoba

In late June, my family went to southwestern Manitoba for a long weekend. We visited the Peace Gardens on the border, and I had the opportunity to revisit some grain elevators that I first visited on a marathon two-day trip in 2014. The above is the oldest grain elevator that remains in western Canada, Elva.

IC 1000 on the point
IC 1000 on the point

The above shows one of Illinois Central’s “Death Stars”, black IC 1000, leading an eastbound freight train toward Winnipeg on July 22.

A golden sunrise for the VIA Rail "Canadian"
A golden sunrise for the VIA Rail “Canadian”

The above might be my favourite for the whole year. It was a magical morning on August 9 when I went out to photograph the approaching VIA Rail “Canadian”.

VIA 6441 leading the "Canadian" into Winnipeg
VIA 6441 leading the “Canadian” into Winnipeg

Different view, different day, but a similar train, the “Canadian” coming into Winnipeg.

The CP Rail business train approaching Winnipeg
The CP Rail business train approaching Winnipeg

In October I heard that the Canadian Pacific business train was coming through Winnipeg. I went out on October 25 and caught it near Rosser.

Train passing the Elie grain elevator
Train passing the Elie grain elevator

On November 17 I was on a mission to photograph a new rail inspection portal near Newton, Manitoba. I didn’t find it but I did capture this train passing the grain elevator outside Elie.

The CP Holiday Train in Whitemouth, Manitoba.
The CP Holiday Train in Whitemouth, Manitoba.

The final photo of these 12 is the CP Holiday Train in Whitemouth, Manitoba… a good night.

I want to thank you for reading and commenting this year. I look forward to another great year!

PS I just finished reading John Varley’s “Red Thunder“. It’s a light-hearted science fiction novel about a group of young people teaming up with an ex astronaut and his genius brother to build and launch a spaceship to Mars. As long as you don’t take it too seriously, it’s a good read! (buy it on Amazon)

PPS Christmas was good to me – lots of chocolate, and two more books to read – More Abandoned Manitoba by Gordon Goldsborough and Railways: Their Life and Times by Robin Bromby.

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