Friday, August 14, 2009

You Win Some, You Lose Some

On Thursday I headed out at noon to shoot the westbound Canadian as I have done twice before. I was a few minutes early, so I thought I would try to get a "bonus" and see the BNSF engine just across the road. I drove up to their facility, and I lucked out and saw BNSF 2743 and caboose BNSF 12580 rolling along through the yard. The sun was against me but I took the shot anyway. I'm not sure I've ever seen a GP30 GP39-2 before.

I headed back to the south side of the CN tracks to get the Canadian. Alas, I was sitting at the light waiting to turn left onto Wilkes when I saw stainless steel rolling by. There was no way to catch up so I missed my shot. I guess I was too greedy trying to shoot the BNSF engine. All I can say about the Canadian's consist was that the Telus unit VIA 6429 was leading.

I left work at 16:30 and headed down Chevrier Boulevard toward Pembina. As I crossed the CN line to the U.S. I saw a train just north of me. Bonus! I parked and ran back to shoot this little video of CN 7251 and slug CN 275 crossing Chevrier.

There were two crew riding on the front of 7251. CN 275 looks very shiny and freshly painted.

They stopped just south of Chevrier to switch into the industrial trackage there. I shot a few more photos of them before heading on my way home.
CN 7251 and slug 275 in Winnipeg

It's true - you win some, you lose some. I lost the Canadian but I won the BNSF unit and a bonus CN engine and slug. I think I came out ahead.

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