IntroductionPeter Gough and I left at a bright and early 07:15 to get Ken MacDonald and hit the road for Miramichi. After Monday's snowfall I was a little concerned about road conditions, but my fears were unwarranted. Highway 8 to Miramichi was clear and we experienced no problems on the way.
As we approached Miramichi I called VIA and the nice lady told me that VIA 14 was about 20 minutes late leaving Bathurst.
Beaver BrookWe decided to go to Beaver Brook north of Miramichi. We arrived and set up, and within about 15 minutes VIA roared through at 10:07.
|I'm glad they were flying the Canadian flags like last year's Veteran Train did.|
MiramichiWe raced from Beaver Brook to Miramichi, and found 14 approaching the station at 10:22. There was an enthusiastic crowd waiting for the train.
|Good crowd at Miramichi!|
RogersvilleI called Luc Doiron to give him a heads-up and we met him and his daring uncle Bob a little west of the station. The Ocean showed up at 11:06.
|The VIA Rail "War Brides" train approaching Rogersville, NB|
|VIA Rail at speed|
MonctonKen wanted to shoot him at the Moncton station, so we took highway 15 to the Riverview exit. There we waited our turn in the line-up to enter the circle, while 14 rolled on by at 12:04.
|Oh, traffic, the bane of all railfans|
|VIA 14 in Moncton, NB|
Painsec JunctionPainsec Junction outside Moncton was our next selection. We drove down to the junction, only to find CN 307 rolling through the siding. We realized it would block the light for the Ocean, so we went back to the road crossing at the west end of the siding. There was a CN foreman there waiting for VIA to go through.
Railfans Tim Dryden and Luc Doiron showed up after a little while. I set up farther down the siding from the rest of the crew to get the "meet" shot between 307 and 14. We had quite a wait for 14 - it finally came at 13:07.
|The War Brides train passing CN 307 in the siding|
|The rollby inspection|
As we travelled east we kept hearing CN foremen calling the RTC to get TOPs after VIA went by.
AulacThe next stop was Aulac. We wanted to shoot from inside the arc, so we exited at Fort Beausejour and made our way to the berm.
We had quite a wait there for 14 to come. We heard it blow its horn as it approached Sackville, shortly before another crew of railfans showed up. Steve Dickie, David Morris and Fred Angus joined us on the berm. Even a few of the locals came over to have a look at the War Brides train.
I don't have any stills of Aulac because I was shooting video, but the Ocean came through at about 13:50. It was running about an hour late by this time. I had a call from another Atlantic Rails member at Folly Lake wondering where the train was. Glad to help!
We decided to try to get VIA 14 at the highway overpass just east of Amherst. Again, no stills but it was a good shoot.
Oxford JunctionFor our ninth and final shot, we went to Oxford Junction. Another Atlantic Rails member, Dara Legere, was there when we arrived. I set up well down in the siding to get the train going around the curve, while the rest of the Gang set up nearer the CN depot. We heard the train well before it arrived at 14:39.
|Capture at Oxford Junction|
|Revelstoke Park trailing on VIA 14|
Left-to-right: Peter Gough, Ken MacDonald, Dara Legere, Steve Boyko.
The VideoHere's a video showing the train outside Amherst and through Oxford Junction.
A BonusAs we approached Amherst, we heard CN 534 on the scanner getting ready to head back to Moncton. A bonus train! We took the Fort Beausejour exit and waited for it to arrive. Here it is at 15:43 with CN 4711 leading two cars.
|CN 534 at Fort Lawrence, NS|
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