|Head on into Sunday morning|
That's my fun day
My I don't have to run day
- Manic Monday, Bangles
You may have noticed that I sometimes go out railfanning on Sunday mornings. Sunday is indeed my "I don't have to run day" as the Bangles so aptly sang. Saturday morning is usually spent at my son's curling rink and weekend afternoons are family time. Sunday mornings... often they are my time.
This past Sunday (February 12th) was one of those fun days. I woke up at a reasonable hour, had breakfast, then hit the road. I had a notion to visit the CN Rivers subdivision for a bit, then head up to the CP Carberry sub and hopefully catch a train there.
Track 1 - Manic MondayFirst catch was an early train on the Rivers, a westbound heading out of the early morning sun. Not the best light, but you do what you can. I parked near Carman Junction and got the photos above and below at that location. The train was led by CN 5708 (SD75I) and CN 2153 (C40-8W) and featured a lot of autoracks.
|CN 5708 rounding the bend at Carman Junction|
|CN 5708 splitting the signals at Diamond|
I had a feeling there was going to be an eastbound freight coming along. I'm not sure why I felt that way.
Track 2 - In A Different LightI went westward a bit along the CN Rivers sub, and at the route 424 crossing I saw a headlight to the west. I looked around a bit for a suitable location and found a snow ridge to stand on to get a bit of elevation.
As the train hurtled closer I saw that it was a potash train, led by another SD75I, CN 5672, and a Dash-9, CN 2536. They were really moving!
|CN 5672 and a lot of potash cars in the snow|
Those PotashCorp hoppers kicked up a lot of snow.
Track 3 - Walking Down Your StreetAs I pursued them, it became clear that there was going to be a meet, as the headlights of another westbound were visible in the distance. I had one thing on my mind - to catch the westbound train quickly, then resume the chase.
Dash-9 (C44-9W) CN 2644 was leading the third SD75I of the day, CN 5716, and a solid grain train.
|A different light - side light, in fact|
Track 4 - Walk Like An Egyptian(man, I loved that song)
I passed Diamond, finally catching up to the end of the potash train. As I slowly gained on the train, car by car, I saw another westbound train rolling by on the south track - a container train. I made a quick decision and gave up on the potash train.
A quick U-turn brought me back toward Diamond to get the container train. No cops - maybe they were hanging out at the donut shop. I pulled over down the road and ran out to grab CN 2968 (ES44AC) at the head end of what I assume was Q101, a hot intermodal train.
|CN 2968 leading a container train outside Winnipeg|
|CN 3069 mid-train outside Winnipeg|
|Remember these chairs? Still here, apparently.|
|Ummm, you have a little something on your face.|
After that, I figured if I was going to go see CP, I'd better get on with it.
Track 5 - Standing in the HallwayI headed up the Perimeter Highway to the CP Carberry sub. There were two CP trains there, passing each other on the two tracks!
I was amazed, because it's good luck to see even one CP train these days. One was heading east into Winnipeg and one was heading west. I had no chance of getting the eastbound before it reached the yard, so I went west, young man.
It took a while to catch up to it, as you have to slow to 50 km/hr through Rosser and the road isn't parallel to the track all the way along. I got ahead of it before Meadows and elected to shoot it with the elevator. Here's the "coming" shot as they approached the Paterson grain elevator, which was off to the left of the photo.
|CP 9371 West through Meadows, Manitoba|
|CP 9371 and the Meadows elevator|
I moved around a bit to try different angles as the seemingly endless container train rolled by. I shot the DPU locomotive, CP 8828, from more of the sun side.
|CP 8828 passing the Meadows grain elevator|
|Container train and grain elevator|
So that was fun, but it was time to start heading home.
Track 6 - Return PostI passed through Rosser again - 50 km/hr grumble grumble - and as I approached the Viterra elevator by the Perimeter Highway, I saw headlights on the rails. Another train!
The funny thing was that the headlights were high on the hood, not in the nose like Canadian locomotives have. At first I thought it was an American locomotive like a Norfolk Southern engine, but it turned out to be CP 2304 running long hood forward.
|CP 2304, running long hood forward|
I'm quite sure this locomotive and train were headed to Portage la Prairie. The train had the following cars:
- CRYX 5362, 5349, 5359, 5353, 5590, 4037, 4033, 5374 - Cryo-Trans refrigerated cars, likely for McCain Foods in Portage;
- TGRX 854834 (lettered for Richardson) and GACX 10003 (lettered for GATX) - for the Richardson plant on the west side of Portage;
- TILX 793096 (Trinity Industries Leading) - refrigerated car for Simplot just west of Portage; and
- CRYX 5381, CRYX 5377, CRYX 5364, and CRYX 5296 - probably also for McCain
|CRYX 5296 and other refrigerated cars|
I didn't chase the train, but instead headed south. I had some time left so I thought I'd touch base with a few grain elevators and maybe get lucky and catch one more train.
Track 7 - If She Knew What She WantsThere was nothing moving on the CN Rivers sub, nor the CEMR Carman sub, so I headed down the CP La Riviere sub toward La Salle and Domain.
|The La Salle grain elevator|
I went to the south end to shoot and a few snowmobilers were zooming by, so I caught one of them in the photo.
|Snowmobiling in La Salle, Manitoba|
1. While we were living in the Soviet Union, we were staying at a dacha [cottage] outside Moscow for a few days. My dad borrowed or rented a snowmobile, which happened to have a broken windshield so it had a jagged edge on it. While driving it, he managed to get into an accident and cut his chin on the windshield, requiring stitches... without anesthetic, of course, because this was the Soviet Union.
Anyway, at one point I fell off the back and my dad didn't notice for a while, so I was left alone in the "wilderness" for a while until my dad noticed and came back for me. I wasn't interested in snowmobiling after that.
Track 8 - Let It GoAfter La Salle, it's a short drive over to Domain to see the ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator there.
|I love these Prairie town signs|
|The Domain, Manitoba grain elevator|
That was the end of my "fun day" morning. I hope you liked it, and I'll leave you with a question:
What is your favourite Bangles song?
Leave a comment and tell me why!