|NB Southern #911|
My plane landed in YSJ (Saint John airport) pretty much on time at 17:35, and fetching the rental car and luggage was quick. One big bonus of small airports is doing the renting in sight of the only baggage carousel!
I decided I would head straight to the former train station in Rothesay to photograph it with the fall colours. I had a hope in the back of my head that I could catch CN 406 passing by (to reproduce this), but I wasn't counting on it.
As I approached Station Road by the Rothesay station, I saw the last couple of tank cars on CN 406 roll by on their way to Moncton. Missed it by that much. You can't catch 'em all.
There was no point in pursuing them. It would have taken a lot of time to get back to the highway and the light was failing.
|Fall colours and the Rothesay train station|
I headed into Saint John. As I drove along Rothesay Avenue, I spotted a set of locomotive headlights on the track leading to Courtenay Bay / Irving Oil / Irving Paper. I headed up and found GMTX 2226 working the crude oil terminal at Courtenay Bay. The sunset light was pretty sweet.
|GMTX 2226 at sunset|
Imagine my surprise when I saw this excursion train at Harbour Station!
|NBSR 9801 and an excursion train at Harbour Station, Saint John|
In the photo above, you can see the crewman walking back to the cab. I must have looked pretty comical running back and forth as I wasn't sure which direction they were going. As it happened, they headed toward the Dever Road yard / NB Southern yard.
The train had NBSR 9801 with the three ex VIA Rail coaches (5448, 5471 and 5537) along with their "new" #508 and the Metis. NBSR 2317 was on the other end.
|NBSR 508 and the Metis|
They took off and I gave chase. I decided I would try to catch them crossing the Reversing Falls bridge. I got to the Falls well before them, so I parked and ran up the hill to get a broad view of the bridge.
This was at 7:15 PM so the sun was already down below the horizon. Tricky light!
|NBSR crossing the Reversing Falls bridge|
I did managed to catch them passing the night switcher, NBSR 911. I like how this turned out.
|NBSR 911 and the excursion train, by night|
In part 2 I shared my catch of CN 406, twice.
Until then, you might wish to read about my visit to New Brunswick in 2011..