I mentioned that CN was running a Christmas train in Winnipeg this year. Well, here it is.
This train was organized by local CN people and will visit Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton to carry CN employees and their families. Funds raised will benefit local charities. The Winnipeg runs raised $11,000 for the Christmas Cheer Board!
Mark Perry posted some photos in the RailsMBSK Facebook group. You have to be a Facebook member to see them.
The train had E9 CN 103 providing head-end power, four rented VIA coaches, and CN 8925 did the heavy lifting.
I almost missed this train. It was scheduled to run from Symington Yard in Winnipeg out to Diamond on the CN Rivers subdivision and back, twice a night. I went up to Carman Junction to wait for the train. Fortunately I had my scanner with me and I heard CN 8925 mention they were at Waverley - a few miles east of my location. I hotfooted it (OK, drove) over to Waverley Street and I found them just west of the road, waiting for CN 315 to pass. They had to wait for 315 because it was crossing over from the south to the north track in front of them. Once 315 went by, they headed west back to Symington and that's where I filmed them.
CN 5735 was the lead engine of 315 and that was the night photo I was processing earlier.
Taylor Woolston also caught the train, a day later than I did.
PS time is running out to buy a train calendar or grain elevator calendar in time for Christmas!