My wife was working today, so I was home with the kids. At about 3 PM it was obvious that I needed to get out of the house to preserve my sanity, so I bundled the kids into the van and took off for Slurpees and trains.
First we rolled up Fermor Avenue then Plessis Road past CN's Symington Yard. There wasn't much going on there. As I continued up Plessis Road I saw an eastbound freight rolling toward Symington Yard. I took a left onto Dugald Road, hoping to get to Symington's entrance before the train. Alas, the traffic lights were against me and I didn't quite make it. However, I did see that a westbound was waiting for the eastbound to get into the yard. I went up Warman Road to the end and waited for the train to pass. Once it passed at 16:00, CN 2261 and 2626 boomed a deep bass as the engineer throttled up for the long trip eastward.
The kids were clamoring for their Slurpees, so we hit a nearby 7-11 and took care of that. Then we headed north into CP territory. I randomly chose Day Street as a good place to watch the CP mainline action from, forgetting that it led right to the CEMR shops. Bonus! Within a few minutes of arriving there, a short eastbound rolled by at 16:44. The lead unit was CP 3014, but the nice surprise was the trailing unit, B unit CP 6078. I last saw this unit in Sintaluta, SK on June 25, 2009.
Right after the train passed, a black Suburban pulled up and a uniformed police officer beckoned me over. He asked if I had noticed if the crossing arm had bounced after the train went past, and I said I hadn't noticed. He said he had no problem with me being there, but not to walk the tracks. I of course agreed (safety first when railfanning!) and off he went. I should have checked to see if he was CP Police or Winnipeg Police. Doesn't matter, I wasn't doing anything wrong. :)
To be continued...