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In the last rays of a late November sun, it's difficult to find a shot when the shadows are sooo darn long, but this scene worked out perfectly. The HAM 1400, otherwise known as the "far east job" is eastward on the N&NW spur with *60 cars*, having stalled trying to pull out of the yard, they got a shove from RLK 4003, as their train was just too heavy.
The far east, as it is known on the SOR consist of the Strathearne yard area (Columbian Carbon, Vopak, Westray, A&M Metals, plus much more) and the new-ish port area along the QEW. This job runs daily usually in darkness.
Sharp eyed readers should notice the ancient railway/road bridge is awfully wide... almost as if it may have been used for something else - indeed - this bridge was built to allow the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway's double track main line to pass under.... which you can see here - this photo on Birch Ave (as shown above): here  Look closer, there are still Trolly Wire insulators and wire guides mounted on the bridge..
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Caption: In the last rays of a late November sun, it's difficult to find a shot when the shadows are sooo darn long, but this scene worked out perfectly. The HAM 1400, otherwise known as the "far east job" is eastward on the N&NW spur with *60 cars*, having stalled trying to pull out of the yard, they got a shove from RLK 4003, as their train was just too heavy.

The far east, as it is known on the SOR consist of the Strathearne yard area (Columbian Carbon, Vopak, Westray, A&M Metals, plus much more) and the new-ish port area along the QEW (another half dozen or so customers there).
Sharp eyed readers should notice the ancient railway/road bridge is awfully wide... almost as if it may have been used for something else - indeed - this bridge was built to allow the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway (and soon the Hamilton Street Railway's Stretcars) and their shared double track mainline to pass under.... here's a photo from about the same spot almost 80 years ago: here Apparently there are still Trolly Wire insulators and wire guides mounted on this bridge..

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [977] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/30/2015 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: QGRY 2301 (search)
Train Symbol: Far East job aka HAM 1400 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: N&NW SPur (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Sounds good! Let me know if you’re ever around. As I am sure is evident, I’m out often haha.

    And I will definitely look for that. I learned where things were by driving around, but I learned what things were from many of your posts on here. So I am sure that article would be of great value.

  2. Great. I’d also hope we can meet up some day. Look for a copy of my article from Railfan and Railroad approx 2016 – I did a comprehensive article on the industrial area of Hamilton.

    I’m still in the area fairly often, about once a month.

  3. Can’t wait! We definitely have a common interest in the depths of Hamilton’s industrial area. Was down there last night and this morning with CP; no SOR unfortunately.

    And yes, as I said earlier in the week, definitely happy to be contributing finally after observing for quite a few months. Soaking up all that I can along the way!

  4. You are certainly having fun catching up. I look forward to seeing what else you produce. I’ll also have fun showing off the stuff I have yet to share – there’s a few gems I won’t share until much much much later :)

  5. Hmm, interesting point. It was definitely two units when I tried!

  6. It only works with single unit trains. They don’t run single unit trains anymore it would seem.

  7. I attempted this shot once. Looked a lot better in my head than it turned out. Glad you nailed it at least.

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