Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Brandon Bound

When my son was visiting, we took a day to go to Brandon, Manitoba on July 5. We were going to see the National Artillery Museum of Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. I recommend both highly.

On our way out of Winnipeg, we saw a CN train stopped at mile 10 on the Rivers sub. I pulled off the highway to take a shot of CN 5266.
CN 5266 in Winnipeg

We continued on to CFB Shilo and visited the artillery museum. On our way back to the highway, we saw a westbound train stopped outside Brandon. I shot it from a distance. It appears the train was "in the hole" waiting for a meet and the crew was having a break. :)
In the hole
After visiting the Air Training Plan museum, we headed home. It started to rain and a pretty good storm built up. Near Austin MB (between Brandon and Portage la Prairie) I saw a headlight and pulled over to get the shot at the grain elevator in Austin.
CP 8883 and grain elevator at Austin MB
We carried on and the rain grew more intense. We saw a westbound Herzog ballast train, with a CITX unit as the second of three, but I did not pull over to shoot it... too much rain.

If you're ever in Brandon, take time to visit the National Artillery Museum of Canada (at the airport) and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum (at CFB Shilo).

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