The Canadian was a few minutes late, but had a bonus of two cars dead heading behind VIA 6411 and VIA 6408... diner Imperial and Assiniboine Park.
I spun around for the "going away" shot and framed the Canadian under the overpass.
I turned around and there were headlights approaching on the south track. It turned out to be CN 101, led by single engine CN 2254.
One more engine was about 1/3 of the way back in the train, CN 2256.
That was all very exciting, but where are the good shots?
I headed toward home, and as I crossed the CP La Riviere subdivision on the Perimeter Highway, I saw a string of grain cars headed south. I took the exit and chased the train. It was easy to catch up to it, as I believe the speed limit is a mere 15 MPH here and the limit on the highway parallel to the tracks is 100 km/hr. I saw SD90 CP 9109 and SD40-2 CP 5764 were hauling just over a hundred grain cars.
I set up just south of the grain elevator in La Salle and waited for the train. The benefit of such a slow train is that you get to take a lot of shots as the train passes the elevator! This was my favourite.
Once the head end passed, I jumped into the car and got ahead of them for one more series of shots outside the town. The sun was dancing in and out of view but I was lucky to get a few with some sun on the engine.
I was very pleased with my CP shots. It was well worth the 15 minutes it took to chase and shoot the train!