|Diamond Darkened Dome Drama?|
Mark: Wow, whoever says Winnipeg is boring for railways is crazy!
I had in mind a shot of the tail end of VIA 1 leaving the city this afternoon so I headed west. Stopped in at St. James Jct for a quick look, BNSF sitting there waiting to get into Fort Rouge, a southbound CP Altona WF coming, CN 101 heading west, what to do?
I had a brief look but did not do any shooting. Instead I jump back in the truck and head west following Q101. Guy is going like hell, his head end beats me to Diamond (sadly no Mayor around today).
Steve: I was itching to get out and shoot some trains. I checked the VIA Rail tracker and saw that VIA 1 was on time, so I hopped in my car and headed to Diamond outside Winnipeg. As I approached Wilkes Avenue from the south, I saw a westbound CN intermodal train also heading toward Diamond.
I was able to get in front of it pretty easily and decided to catch it "splitting the signals" just west of Diamond. That was CN 101 in its typical 1+1+1 configuration with CN 2851 / 3018 / 3118.
|CN 101 with the air conditioning on, splitting the east-facing signals at Diamond.|
As I positioned myself to shoot the trailing unit crossing the diamond, I saw a truck driving up and it sure looked like I was going to get skunked. Thankfully it was Mark Perry and he paused long enough for me to snap the crossing.
|My photo of CN 3118 trailing on train 101 at Diamond. The shadow of Mark's truck is visible at far right!|
I agree that the first words I said to Mark probably were about the CP horn I heard as CN 101 was passing. Sure enough, there were headlights on the CP Glenboro sub but the train stopped a long way away.
Well what to do? Head west for my tail end shot of #1 or shoot the CP coming across the diamond?
Well maybe the CP is going across first so I can bag him and then head west.
No sooner did I think that, here comes #1's headlight on the north track, okay we stay put at the Diamond.
The next train up was VIA 1 and I shot the "Canadian" splitting the east facing signals. The train had four deadhead cars on the head end with Kootenay Park on the rear.
|VIA 1 at Diamond|
Steve shoots the head end as I shoot the tail end.
|VIA 1 heading west out of Winnipeg. Mark Perry photo.|
|CP 3063 has the green light to cross the diamond. Mark Perry photo.|
|Same train, different photographer. :)|
|Danger, Will Robinson!|
|Time to say our goodbyes|