|CN 3021 passing Union Station in Winnipeg|
After lunch, we decided to walk along the Assiniboine River around to the actual fork where it meets the Red River and then loop around to our parking spot.
Location 1 - the Forks Market TowerI wanted to try shooting a train from the tower at the Forks so I let them start their route while I raced up the stairs to the top of the tower.
I was hoping that VIA 1 was still at the station but they had left more or less on time. However, CN was very kind and sent a container train along right on time. I scooted past a group of tourists and started shooting as the train passed Union Station and the maintenance crew on the north track.
The "going away" photo was into the sun, so some significant image editing was required to get a passable photo.
A morning shot of an eastbound train would be nice from the tower.
|CN 3021 crossing the Assiniboine River|
Location 2 - Assiniboine River levelAfter the head end passed by, I trotted down the stairs and out to the Assiniboine River to get the DPU unit(s). How did I know there was a DPU? Well... one locomotive normally isn't enough to pull an entire container train by itself.
I waited at river level until I heard the roaring DPU locomotive, which turned out to be CN 2928.
|DPU locomotive CN 2928 crossing the Assiniboine River|
I wasn't sure if there was going to be another unit on the rear, but I decided to change positions and find out.
Location 3 - Low Line BridgeI went up on the Low Line bascule bridge that used to go to CN's East Yard, which is now the Forks tourist area. Incidentally, there is a detailed document on this bridge (PDF), built in 1914 for the Canadian Northern Railway.
The sun came out to play and lit up the buildings near the Fort Garry hotel nicely, as tail unit CN 2907 rolled over the river.
|CN 2907 in Winnipeg over the Assiniboine River|
- CN 2583 crossing the Assiniboine in winter
- Number One With a Bullet - the Coors Light train downtown
- Baseball and Trains - CN on the High Line and the other bascule bridge