May 3rd was a fairly busy railfanning day. On my way to work, I saw a train near Diamond heading east. Here we see CN 8956 heading up general freight train CN 852. It has passed the signals protecting the CN-CP diamond and it is about to cross the CP tracks.
A closeup of dirty CN 8956 about to cross the diamond.
Here's the video, taken from just off the diamond.
I went out at noon to catch the Thursday VIA Canadian. I was just "this" close to catching it but I was a bit late to catch the early VIA 1. VIA 6417 was the head end engine and I saw that Strathcona Park was on the tail end, but I was not able to catch it. On my way back, I saw that CP 1532 was working the Fort Whyte area and smoking like an Alco.
After work, I went out toward Diamond again and was rewarded with CN 116 rolling in. CN 8841 made a lovely sight at Hall Road.
Here's the video. There was a single engine on the rear of CN 116, CN 8856, our friend from March.
Lots of SD70M-2 engines around!