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CN has been quite bland with power in Niagara lately, with mostly modern schemed CN units. However, someone in Sarnia decided a pair of GE cowls in original paint were a good match to go out on CN 330, and I couldn't have agreed more. Having recently entered the CN Stamford Sub at Clifton, BCOL 4620's ridiculously powerful headlights overpower my lens as the crew is about to knock out a clear to slow signal on the approach to Port Robinson West. I guess 4620's left numberboard couldn't get replaced, so I guess a sharpie did the trick. CN 2417 is in behind, and in tow is an average 330 length of 65 cars. The consistent appearance of autoracks from CAMI on the head end of 330 has been going for well over a month now, where as before it was relatively uncommon. My guess is these autoracks used to appear on CN 421, and 330 has simply snatched them by picking them up directly from Beachville, instead of having a lengthy transfer between a Toronto bound Dundas Sub freight and 421.
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Caption: CN has been quite bland with power in Niagara lately, with mostly modern schemed CN units. However, someone in Sarnia decided a pair of GE cowls in original paint were a good match to go out on CN 330, and I couldn't have agreed more. Having recently entered the CN Stamford Sub at Clifton, BCOL 4620's ridiculously powerful headlights overpower my lens as the crew is about to knock out a clear to slow signal on the approach to Port Robinson West. I guess 4620's left numberboard couldn't get replaced, so I guess a sharpie did the trick. CN 2417 is in behind, and in tow is an average 330 length of 65 cars. The consistent appearance of autoracks from CAMI on the head end of 330 has been going for well over a month now, where as before it was relatively uncommon. My guess is these autoracks used to appear on CN 421, and 330 has simply snatched them by picking them up directly from Beachville, instead of having a lengthy transfer between a Toronto bound Dundas Sub freight and 421.

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Daniel Odette [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/04/2015 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: BCOL 4620 (search)
Train Symbol: CN M33031 04 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 26.4 CN Stamford Sub (search)
City/Town: Niagara Falls (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. That number board has looked like that for years…definitely an eye sore!

  2. I sure hope so…things are so boring down here, and I’m so busy I really can’t get out of the area, either.

  3. One day things will improve. In the order for that to happen though, CN and CP have to stop screwing over their customers to make more cash. When politicians and business executives realize the potential of freight by rail, they will be influenced to change. Ontario’s industry sector also needs to improve, as well as New York’s.

  4. I always try to keep a positive mind while trackside and try not to be let down after nowadays…sometimes it works.

  5. 231′s a Dundas freight though. The problem I see is 330 is still pretty short, and the autoracks usually don’t run above 25 in total. The only reason 232 runs is to provide emergency bursts of autoracks when there’s a shortage, which just so occurred right before new years. If there are even any auto factories in New York that would ever require that, they would likely come from CSX or NS. Good optimism, but remember two factors, CN and Niagara.

  6. With all the autoracks coming through, I wonder if we will see an appearance of 231 soon?

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