Thursday, October 29, 2009
Just a Few More Minutes
"Just a few more hours
And I'll be right home to you
I think I hear them callin'
Oh, Beth what can I do
Beth what can I do" - Kiss
I decided to take the kids out and do a bit of railfanning Sunday afternoon (October 25). Most trains I see in Winnipeg are CN, so we went northeast to CP country.
There were no signs of life on the CP Keewatin subdivision at the Perimeter, so we went in to Day Street to see what was going on at CEMR. Answer: nothing. I did see CN GMD1 1413 there, and the engine of CEMR 4013 was exposed. CP 1530 and 1532 were idling in the North Transcona yard.
We made a quick trip down to Dugald Road to see if anything was happening around CN (no), so after a Tim Hortons stop, we went back up to Day Street. After a bit, a headlight was visible to the west. In good time they rolled by at 16:30 with red barn CP 9017 leading and CP 6041 trailing.
After they passed, I saw a headlight to the east. Great! Except... it didn't move. I waited, and waited, then went to Redona Street at 17:00 to get a closer look. Olympic unit CP 8872 was waiting at the head of CP 115 under the Perimeter Highway. I waited and waited some more, but I had to get going to buy some pumpkins. They were still waiting at 17:15 when I left.
On my way around the Perimeter, I crossed the CP Emerson sub and saw a southbound freight's headlight... again, no time to wait.
Maybe next time!