Friday, September 26, 2008

Union Pacific In Calgary

I had the day off from work today. Along my travels I stopped by for a quick visit with some friends of mine at one of my former employers down by CP's Alyth Yard in Calgary. The back door to the warehouse was open, and a flash of yellow caught my attention as I walked by. Lo and behold, idling on a side track was a Union Pacific SD9043AC numbered 8298 coupled to CP 9708 an AC4400.

There was a crane and flat car with 'A' frame racks standing on the deck sitting on another siding. I wasn't able to determine if the frame was part of the car or not. If anyone knows, don't be shy and please leave a comment.


Friday, September 12, 2008

First Glimpse of CFQC 3000

August 25, 2008

I was in Bathurst for a week and on the 25 I caught my first Glimpse of CFQC's RS-18 number 3000 pulling into the station yard at around 14:15. It is a very nice, well kept and surprisingly clean engine. I caught some pictures of it at the station and at the Golf Street crossing shunting some cars after it came in from Belledune with a load of three lumber cars.

As 3000 was shunting, CFMG 6908 and NBEC 1821 had started up and were idling on one of the rear sidings. They came out onto the main line and headed past the station to the siding by the St. Anne bridge.

I whipped over to the bridge to watch 6908 and 1821 hook up to the train that 597 put together and becoming NBEC 403. The consist was a mixed freight train with some woodchip cars, box cars, covered gondolas, tankers and the lumber cars that CFQC shunted earlier. At around 15:10, NBEC 403 had finally left but unfortunately I did not chase it to Beresford.

Engine 1851 was also at the station parked on one of the sidings that was used to dump scrap metal into gondolas back in the CN days about 12 to 13 years ago if memory serves me right.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fixed Picture Link

Well, I'm back in Turner Valley, Alberta. The flight was pretty good. We got in early last night at around 20:30, about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

I fixed a link in my post "VIA Ocean 14 Instead of NBEC 402" from August 30th. The broken link was that of the Yoho Park car picture which would bring up the picture of 6426 and 6412.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

From Beresford to Blue Mountain Pit

This will be my last post in New Brunswick as tomorrow morning I will be leaving for Calgary. I think I still have two more to post after this about NB and then it will be back to posting about trains in the Prairies and Rockies. Actually I should be able to do a couple of outings to chase CPR 2816 Empress. For now back to todays adventures.

The day started by waking up early around 8:00 in the morning. I had not planned for another full day of railfaning for today, but it ended up being just that. The other full was on the first of this month with a post to come. I did however miss 3 trains, NBEC 402, NBEC 587 and VIA 15. At around 8:45 I went to the station to find out if VIA Ocean 14 would arrive on time and quickly found out that it would arrive at 9:20. After snapping a few shots in town, I jumped in the truck and booted it to Nepisiguit Junction. This not so much a good place to catch the 14 anymore, as there seem to always be some bulk wood cars on the siding. The consist was VIA 6400 in the lead with new paint scheme, 6406 Spiderman, 16 cars and Evangeline Park tailgating.

At about 12:30, I heard what sound like a very large diesel engine. I jumped in the truck to go see what was at the station. It was the Bathurst yard switcher 597, NBEC unit 1849. I was sitting in front of the station with the engine off. I took a couple of pictures and headed home to eat. I also noticed that it started to make up a train for the incoming 403 later this afternoon.

At around 13:30 I headed back to the station hoping to catch 587 coming in, but instead it was 597. I later found out that it had dropped 3 bulk wood cars in Beresford on a siding by the propane dealer. At this point my sister was chasing with me, and this is where I got my new scanner setup as well, a uniden BC246T. Not a bad little piece of equipment. It was a little more fun now, as I could finally know what everyone was up to. We quickly found out that 597 was shunting and getting things ready for 586.

So we hung around for a bit more since we heard on the scanner that 403 was coming in, and it showed up around 15:20 to pick it's load. I was surprised to see that it was only the power, CFMG 6908 and NBEC 1868. So it went by to hook up to the front of the train that 597 had put out earlier. We headed for the St. Anne bridge to take a few shots.

Some shots from the bridge of 403 coupling to the train bound for Campbelton.

My sister heard on the scanner that they would be leaving in about 10 to 15 minutes, so I figured we would head out that way at a not so "speedingly" pace. When we got there there were 3 bulk wood cars on the siding there waiting to be off loaded. All CFMG cars with numbers 690107, 690154, 690174. Shortly after a wood truck showed up and started to off load the cars.

About 15 minutes later, 403 came rumbling by. The consist was 42 cars, 12 of those were wood chip cars. There were also a total of 7 center beam flats, 13 gondolas, 6 cement hoppers, 1 tank and 3 box cars. After it went by we went home for supper.

At around 18:50, we heard the diesel engines but not the scanner as the volume was way down. I figured that this was 586. We headed out again and went to meet it at Nepisiguit Junction. There were still 5 bulk wood cars of which I didn't get the numbers. The power was CFQC 3000 and NBEC 1821. The consist was 31 ore hopper, 3 covered gondolas, and 6 cement hoppers.

I jumped in the truck to meet it at the first crossing on my way to Blue Mountain Pit.

Then we went to Blue Mountain Pit. The light was getting dim and I was hoping that I would not have any motion blur. Alas, this would not be the case. You can see the blurring on the handrail at the front of 3000. This was unfortunate, but all in all it was a good day of railfaning.

See you back in Calgary!