|Michael Berry at Diamond|
He had been in touch with me prior to the trip, looking for some tips on railfanning locations, and we arranged to get together to railfan the Diamond area sometime during his visit.
|Sunrise near Dugald|
Diamond is a good location because it has a lot of trains, it has wide open prairie and it's close to the city... and sometimes CP shows up for a cameo.
He also wanted to photograph the VIA Rail Canadian, which leaves Winnipeg at 11:45 AM (if it's on time) on Monday, Thursday and Saturday during the summer.
A "nice to have" for him was to photograph the Prairie Dog Central tourist train, which had a few departures at 11 AM... and the Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) if it happened to be around.
|Dugald - the start of a glorious day|
The sunrise was pretty.
I was running a bit short of time but I saw the green signal indicating an eastbound was approaching. I drove just east of Dugald and saw a headlight approaching, so I decided to risk being a few minutes late picking Michael up to get the train. I figured Michael would understand.
|CN 111 approaching Dugald|
|Old Diamond sign|
|CP bridge over the Assiniboine River|
|We meet again, Mr. Bond.|
Since I keep talking about Diamond, I might as well show you the actual diamond... here's the DPU locomotive CN 2821 crossing the CP Glenboro subdivision.
|CN 2821 crossing the diamond at Diamond|
Here's mine, showing CN 318 splitting the east-facing signals.
|CN 8893 and 2140 leading train 318 past Diamond|
|Tolko, soon not to be made in The Pas|
We waited for a while after CN 318 passed, hoping for another train, but nothing showed up except for another railfan. We chatted with him for a while but it was time to head up to the Prairie Dog Central for the 11 AM departure of the steam train.
That's in the next post... featuring the steam train, of course, more steam engines, and repainted ex CN 5232.