Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Canadian Pacific Local

CP 1530 in Winnipeg
I was out and about yesterday afternoon, circling the CN Symington Yard, when I heard a CP freight get a clearance from CN to cross the St. Boniface spur. That meant they would be going along Archibald Street, an easily viewed area not far from where I was. I headed over to Plinguet Street (by the GWWD) to get a shot at the crossing. My son and I hopped out of the car.

The train stopped just west of the crossing, and the conductor got out to reline a switch for the main line. Then they proceeded slowly into the crossing and headed east.

A few things that interested me about this train: the crewman riding the flatcar a few cars from the end, and the "model train switch" in the CP service gondola on the end.

2 comments:

Peter said...

The "model train switch" at the end of the video clip was a nice touch.

In looking at the video, around the 29 second mark, I noted a pick up truck crossing the track with the signals in operation. The distance between the signals and the locomotive was not significant. High school physics would tell me evenat a low speed my car would have been a write-off so why chance it?

Train Geek said...

Yeah, that seemed a little close to me too. Lots of people were going through before the lights started flashing (which is OK in my opinion) but that truck was cutting it a bit fine.