Monday, April 26, 2010
VIA 6406 leads the War Brides train of 2006 through Beaver Brook, NB at the beginning of one of my train chases.
If you've been a long-time reader, you may remember some of my long-distance train chases. For example, chasing VIA's Chaleur in 2007 and 2009, the Veteran Train chase of 2005, following the NB Southern dimensional test train in 2007, or chasing the "last" Budd train of 2006.
On Friday night, I was sitting with my wife and kids at the Dairy Queen on Pembina Highway near the university. I remarked to my wife that I love railfanning in Winnipeg, since there are so many trains (and seven railways!), but the one thing I miss is chasing trains. These days I park somewhere and let the trains come to me. Occasionally I chase one but in general I am in the city and chasing is not possible. As I said to my wife, if you miss one train, chances are another will be along in a little while.
A minute or two after we had that conversation, CN 522 rolled past, right behind the restaurant, with CN 5786 and 2706, proving my point. I couldn't have scheduled it better if I had tried.
I think I will have to get out of the city and do a little more chasing. I like the adrenaline rush of leapfrogging the train to get a series of shots.