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Knowing ground level locations are not easy to come by in Niagara, those that are available become repetitive quite quickly. You get the idea. Anyways, here is CN 330 passing through St. Catharines behind CN 5788 and 8000, solid EMD power, a welcome change from the constant GE power. As you can see, 330 is made up mostly of a mixture of autoracks and tankers, and is about 50 cars long. This is its typical consist here in Niagara. As you can see, some drivers have made their own shortcut pathway to the train station. The current legal routing off of Louth Street seen in the midground is much longer, and requires dodging through a residential neighbourhood. Maybe once GO Transit makes a commitment to rail service in Niagara, a reasonable access point from this street will be constructed. Lets hope though that GO's crazy ideas of trying to buy up every line they use don't fly with CN here.
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Caption: Knowing ground level locations are not easy to come by in Niagara, those that are available become repetitive quite quickly. You get the idea. Anyways, here is CN 330 passing through St. Catharines behind CN 5788 and 8000, solid EMD power, a welcome change from the constant GE power. As you can see, 330 is made up mostly of a mixture of autoracks and tankers, and is about 50 cars long. This is its typical consist here in Niagara. As you can see, some drivers have made their own shortcut pathway to the train station. The current legal routing off of Louth Street seen in the midground is much longer, and requires dodging through a residential neighbourhood. Maybe once GO Transit makes a commitment to rail service in Niagara, a reasonable access point from this street will be constructed. Lets hope though that GO's crazy ideas of trying to buy up every line they use don't fly with CN here.

Photographer:
Daniel Odette [155] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/18/2016 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5788 (search)
Train Symbol: CN M33031 18 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 11.7 CN Grimsby Subdivision (search)
City/Town: St. Catharines (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. I agree Docta. There is a big problem with trains over the canal and trains are not the priority, ships are. There is no way they will hold a ship for a train to get through. When the dispatcher give us a heads up that the bridge is going to be up we can count on a 45 min delay. That would be unacceptable for train operations.

  2. I’ve seen the Seaway screw over trains a bunch of times. Oddest one was the bridge was going up, and halfway up it came back down to allow 330 through…On the first day of the GO 2015 season, the seaway put the bridge up minutes before Amtrak’s arrival, making it arrive around the GO, who already had 330 on it’s tail. It was a confusing night, that’s for sure.

  3. Great shot! Saw this 330 pass thru Stoney Creek. Solid power as you said!

  4. Thanks for the comments. Haha, good one Steve. I actually did no composition adjustments to photo besides cropping. Unfortunately, I can’t get a heavy DSLR on the drone. ngineered4u, that’s cool you’re out here often! Apparently Niagara Region discussed with Seaway, and they’re willing to cooperate with new schedules. Well, we’ll see how that goes… My biggest worry here for sure is GO and their ‘buying up’ strategies.

  5. Interesting shot Daniel. I was on 422 on Saturday and 421 on Sunday morning. GO has already made a commitment to the Niagara area as St Catherines already has a 12 car platform and a new station being built at Centennial. The tricky part is the Seaway lift bridge. It will be hard to have on time service with ship passing and disrupting the schedule. I guess they could bus the passengers to St. Catherine’s and they could get on the trains there. Hopefully you are right and CN does not sell the Grimbsy Sub.

  6. Definitely a drone shot because there would be no other way to achieve this shot…this is higher than the new hospital!

  7. A drone shot Daniel?

    Looks like a drone shot with a ultra wide angle lens distortion flattened by photoshop. :)

  8. 8000 and 5788 picked up 5663 for 422 yesterday. Nice

  9. Very nice shot!!

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