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Not much beats a YN2 CSX C40-8 in my opinion, so I couldn't pass this opportunity up. CP 142 normally runs through earlier than this, so I was quite annoyed, knowing my only opportunity was a backlit shot. It stalled on the Niagara escarpment, which did not help. Nonetheless, I set up for a shot just outside of Milton beside the GO yard there, knowing this was really the best I could do. CSX 7594, CP 6247 and CEFX 1024 are the power on this mixed/intermodal freight. None of the units here have Canadian heritage, interestingly enough. CP 142 would go on to rot at West Toronto yard. I attempted to wait it out at Cherrywood, but it was pitch black by the time it even left West Toronto. Foreign power leaders are odd enough, but out of all realistic possibilities, not much can beat this. I have to be thankful for that, which reminds me, it's thanksgiving. Happy thanksgiving everyone!
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Caption: Not much beats a YN2 CSX C40-8 in my opinion, so I couldn't pass this opportunity up. CP 142 normally runs through earlier than this, so I was quite annoyed, knowing my only opportunity was a backlit shot. It stalled on the Niagara escarpment, which did not help. Nonetheless, I set up for a shot just outside of Milton beside the GO yard there, knowing this was really the best I could do. CSX 7594, CP 6247 and CEFX 1024 are the power on this mixed/intermodal freight. None of the units here have Canadian heritage, interestingly enough. CP 142 would go on to rot at West Toronto yard. I attempted to wait it out at Cherrywood, but it was pitch black by the time it even left West Toronto. Foreign power leaders are odd enough, but out of all realistic possibilities, not much can beat this. I have to be thankful for that, which reminds me, it's thanksgiving. Happy thanksgiving everyone!

Photographer:
Daniel Odette [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/12/2015 (search)
Railway: CSX Transportation (search)
Reporting Marks: CSXT 7594 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 142-11 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 29.4 CP Galt Sub - West Hornby (search)
City/Town: Milton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. You are indeed seeing a bit of purple. It’s just the way it was edited. Nothing much I could do because of the lighting. The CP paint on the unit is still relatively fresh and clean however.

  2. Nice shot, why does the cp unit look so red and the cefx unit have traces of purple around it? the colour in this picture is slightly off am I the only person who sees this – should i get my eyes checked

  3. Great shot. The CP unit really fits with the wheat field.

    This isn’t the only train that stalled in the area. GEXR 431 stalled on the grade between Georgetown and Acton, with VIA 87 behind him. Had to split the train in half and use 580′s power to make the grade. Didn’t clear Guelph until 10:00PM.

  4. I agree, depends what geography one considers.

    Chessie units lingered on in Sarnia until about 2001… I came onto the scene not much longer after that. Didn’t go too far for CSX and what trickled through as foreign certainly wasn’t in any predecessor schemes…

    I saw one of the last Seaboard engines in Port Huron from the Sarnia side… didn’t go over to have a look , my loss!

  5. Mr. Host… I wouldn’t say that the “classic era” was all gone by 2004. Mostly gone, yes. Some units lingered on; I shot a Seaboard System unit in 2008, which was very close to the end.

  6. Haha, thanks Stephen. I started railfanning when I was eight years old, so I am very familiar with YN2 from trips to Buffalo. I lucked out seeing a few YN1 CSX units and a Chessie unit when I was little, having visited Niagara Falls, NY several times. I’d easily take a Chessie or Seaboard SD50 over this, nonetheless.

  7. When the new “dark future” scheme arrived I kind of took a shining to it. Consider that YN2 was all I ever knew – I had just missed the classic era – Chessie, Seaboard.. all gone by 2004.. all I had was YN2 and the occasional Dark Future.. now it’s all the new stuff.

    I admit the YN2 looks better now than it did then – kind of nostalgic for me.. but i’m still not crazy for it :)

    All the former CSX schemes.. there were so many heritage and ‘transitional’ CSX schemes after the chessie era. This is just two of dozens…

  8. Maybe because YN2 is a more interesting paint scheme than CSXT’s current paint scheme (in this railfans opinion at least).

  9. Great angle btw, very creative.

  10. I find it crazy how you young guys are going nuts for YN2 – this was all you could shoot not that long ago.. and I got very sick of it :)

    Can’t complain about a standard cab.. anything these days, it’s a nice leader.

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