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Lets just say, I was a bit high off the ground, and it was necessary to watch my step. An injured elbow was further harmed in the making of this photo. Here, the Canadian version of the Holiday train zips past the old North Toronto-Summerhill CPR station, with the now 9 year old Christmas tree adding to the scene. Hoping it would perform its slow rollby past Summerhill as it had done many years past, this year it zipped by at a good clip. Realizing a higher shutter speed would be detrimental to the lighting of the photo, I kept my shutter low sacrificing a slightly blurred leader. Having taken multiple low exposures beforehand, I thought adding a ghost effect would help compensate for the blur as well as add some Christmas magic. The Holiday train, introduced in 1999, has gone through a change of power three times. Starting out with SD9043MAC's and AC4400CW's, the AC4400CW took a primary role since until 2013. Being a loosely timed trip with a rather short train (for freight standards), newly rebuilt (ex GP9u's) GP20C-ECO's 2246 and 2249 have taken this year's role. Rolling by at 7:45PM, according to the clock tower, 01H would easily make it's next stop, Lambton yard by 8:15PM. As for the Christmas tree, it was first put up in 2005, probably for that year's Holiday train, which stopped at Summerhill that year. That was the one and only year it stopped at Summerhill, however the tree was still put up every year since. Slow rollby's, and happy horn blasts continued until recently. The importance of the location is not as recognized now, with this year's train passing at around 35mph, and the horn remained silent. Unless 02H will be doing this year's honours, but I think it's likely it'll rip through at track speed.
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Caption: Lets just say, I was a bit high off the ground, and it was necessary to watch my step. An injured elbow was further harmed in the making of this photo. Here, the Canadian version of the Holiday train zips past the old North Toronto-Summerhill CPR station, with the now 9 year old Christmas tree adding to the scene. Hoping it would perform its slow rollby past Summerhill as it had done many years past, this year it zipped by at a good clip. Realizing a higher shutter speed would be detrimental to the lighting of the photo, I kept my shutter low sacrificing a slightly blurred leader. Having taken multiple low exposures beforehand, I thought adding a ghost effect would help compensate for the blur as well as add some Christmas magic. The Holiday train, introduced in 1999, has gone through a change of power three times. Starting out with SD9043MAC's and AC4400CW's, the AC4400CW took a primary role since until 2013. Being a loosely timed trip with a rather short train (for freight standards), newly rebuilt (ex GP9u's) GP20C-ECO's 2246 and 2249 have taken this year's role. Rolling by at 7:45PM, according to the clock tower, 01H would easily make it's next stop, Lambton yard by 8:15PM. As for the Christmas tree, it was first put up in 2005, probably for that year's Holiday train, which stopped at Summerhill that year. That was the one and only year it stopped at Summerhill, however the tree was still put up every year since. Slow rollby's, and happy horn blasts continued until recently. The importance of the location is not as recognized now, with this year's train passing at around 35mph, and the horn remained silent. Unless 02H will be doing this year's honours, but I think it's likely it'll rip through at track speed.

Photographer:
Daniel Odette [155] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/29/2014 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 2246 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 01H-26 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 2.3 CP North Toronto Subdivision - Summerhill (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. Here we have three of my favourite things: a night scene, Christmas lights, and the clock tower – my favourite Toronto landmark.

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