Thursday, December 31, 2009
Last Post and Last Canadian for 2009
I went out to do my railfan duty today and record the last Canadian (through Winnipeg) for 2009. I went west down Wilkes Avenue and stopped at a convenient crossing to wait. It was -22 Celsius (or -32 with wind chill) so I decided to set up the tripod and then get back in the car to wait.
TIP: don't leave your tripod in the trunk in this weather. The fluid head on the tripod was practically frozen and it took a lot of effort to move it into the right position!
The Canadian came along about 10 minutes late.
The train had engines 6442, 6407; baggage 8609; coaches 8118, 8119; Skyline 8512; diner Fairholme; sleepers Fraser Manor, Bliss Manor, Cameron Manor, Chateau Lemoyne; then Tremblant Park.
On my way back to Kenaston I saw another westbound train in the distance. I couldn't decide where to park, and in the end I had to shoot against the sun. CN 5620 and 5613 led a train that was all tank cars.
That's it for this year. Thank you for reading, and I hope you come back for more train news, photos and video in 2010 and beyond. My family wishes you the best in the years to come.
PS - my son Jamie wants to say hi. ;)