The First F306
|CN and BNSF, together again|
I saw a headlight from the west immediately, which turned out to be CN 8919 leading an intermodal train. One quick "3/4 wedgie" then off to find BNSF.
|CN 8919 passing the former site of the Manitoba Pool grain elevator, mile 10.6|
I hopped onto a snowbank to capture the train with CN 2841, BNSF 6127 and BNSF 6138 leading a long brown snake of BNSF grain hoppers.
|BNSF 6127 approaching Winnipeg|
CN put their own locomotive on the head end of all of the detour trains, due to union requirements (microwaves!) CP is doing the same on their railway.
|BNSF 6138 approaching Winnipeg|
I sped ahead of it and captured it again at Carman Junction as it passed a signal worker doing some servicing.
|CN 2841 leading two BNSF engines through Carman Junction|
|The detour train at Waverley Street|
The CN engine was taken off and a new crew took it down to Emerson. Jack took some great video of the train en route to Emerson.
The Second F306I heard that the second CN F306 was arriving in Winnipeg late Friday night, and heading south on the Letellier sub early Saturday morning. I headed out around 11 PM to Waverley and I saw a train there but I wasn't convinced that it was the BNSF detour.
I drove around a bit in the Parker area hoping to find a shot but I'm not really familiar with the area, several roads are closed at the moment, and there are many water-filled potholes that really alarmed me. I decided to head south out of the city, and I was concerned that I had already missed the train and it was heading south ahead of me.
I drove all the way to Morris (about 70 km), finding nothing there. I knew that CN 533 was coming up from Emerson and would have to meet up with 306, probably in Morris. I went down to Saint Jean Baptiste and found nothing there either, except for 7 or 8 grain hoppers at the ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator and a few curious deer.
I drove back up past Morris to Ste. Agathe where I picked up the BNSF detour train heading south. I found a crossing right next to the highway and shot (and videoed) BNSF 4782 and BNSF 4390 leading 115 cars. I used my car's high beam lights to provide a bit of illumination.
After the train passed, I packed everything back in my Civic and continued on to Morris. I decided to catch them passing the older Paterson grain elevator in Morris. Camera back on the tripod... a little night focusing and I was ready to go.
I quite like how this turned out.
|Star light, star bright, first train I see tonight|
They passed by me stopped just short of the north leg of the wye.
One of the crew threw the switch and the train rolled onto the wye to pull onto the former CN Miami subdivision to clear the main for CN 533.
I went up to 5th Street to record them coming up the Miami spur. They stopped short of the diamond with the CP La Riviere subdivision, and another crew member got off to do whatever magic was required to get the light to cross the diamond. He then took the derail off and hopped back on the train as it rolled west on the Miami "sub".
I took a few stills but they did not work out very well. There's a bit of video at the end of this post.
I went back to the main line and found the third crew member lining the switch back to the main. I asked him when CN 533 would be coming through, and he said they were just south of Morris.
It was not long before CN 533 came through with CN 2142 and 2003 leading a long train.
|Streaky lights of CN 533|
|Red train at night, railfan's delight|
Here's my compilation video.