|The CN Family Day train|
The train started just inside Symington Yard, in front of the shops, and headed down the ruler-straight spur over Marion Street and Archibald Street. It stopped on the bridge over the Seine River then back to Symington for the next group of passengers.
|CN "Sandford Fleming" car|
|The train's route|
The train was scheduled to run from 11 AM to 4 PM and I was only able to be there for the first few runs, so... high noon sun. Oh well, work with what you have!
I elected to go to Dawson Road to shoot it shortly after it came out of the yard and crossed over Lagimodiere Boulevard. I parked by the side of the road, and a railfan on the other side of the tracks waved at me and told me the light was much better on his side. I had time so I drove around to Speers Road and parked behind him.
It turned out to be Jim Burnside, a local railfan whose photos appear often on RailsMBSK. We had never met so it was nice to finally put a face to the name.
We chatted for a bit and I agreed the light was better on this side. As it happened we were standing on what used to be route 59, so there is broken and overgrown pavement visible in a few of these shots.
|CN 102 in Winnipeg|
The train finally got underway and was upon us at 11:24. The sequence of shots around this text is the first run.
|CN 3105 on the Family Day train|
|CN 3105, going away|
I took a moment to photograph the line of GWWD maintenance cars sitting outside their yard - a couple of flatcars, a ballast hopper and five Hart cars.
|GWWD maintenance cars|
Run 2I returned to Dawson Road and waited by the side of the road for the second train. I knew the light would be terrible but I wanted to be ready to beat them to Archibald Street.
|Yep, the light was terrible|
The going-away shot was OK, though.
|CN 3105 going away|
|Backlit CN 3090|
|CN 3105 going away.. again|
|Sun and shadow|
I liked the little guy in the cab of CN 3090!
The conductor waving from the vestibule is Mark Perry, noted photographer and one of the many CN volunteers giving up their Saturdays for the train and the festivities. Many thanks to Mark for the intel on the train and thanks to all of the volunteers for their time and effort.
Round 3I thought I could maybe squeeze one more train in before I had to leave. I went to Marion Street, midway along the route, and waited near the crossing there for the train to come along.
Unfortunately CN had to pay the bills so they ran a freight train on the "X track" which blocked the Family Day train from leaving. When I saw that, I decided it was time to leave. I headed out on Dawson but as I passed the location where I first shot the train, I saw the Family Day train was en route.
I pulled off the road and jumped out to take video of the train passing by. Jim was right - the light was much better on the other side.
That was it for me.
About the TrainThe train was:
- CN 3090
- "SANDFORD FLEMING" / IC 800653
- "TAWAW" / CN 1059
- CN 102
- CN 3105
CN 3090 and CN 3105 are shiny new GE ET44AC locomotives, the latest in CN's fleet.
CN 102 was shiny but not at all new, being an E9 unit built in January 1950 as Chicago, Burlington and Quincy #9940A. It was acquired by Illinois Central in 1996 and may still be an IC unit for all I know. You may have noticed that some locomotives labelled as CN are actually IC units, with a little "IC" under the side numbers. I don't see that here but that might not mean much... I'm just a railfan reporting what I see or don't see.
CN 102 was just along for the ride... it wasn't running. In 2014 it was "leading" on the Family Day train, which was better for railfans!
|2014 Family Day Train with CN 102|
TAWAW is an ex CN car, ex "CAPE CHIGNECTO". It has been extensively rebuilt and is quite nice inside, based on the photos I've seen.
Other CoverageMany other area railfans were out to shoot the train, and I'll link to a couple:
- "Red River Rails" aka Jack
- "Trainboy Productions" aka Isaac
- "The Cando Railfan" aka Taylor
- My video of the 2014 Family Day Train
See Other "business train" blog entries