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Okay, so I suppose with most of you this is considered Brantford. But it is outside the city proper, so I label it Lynden West. Sounds more "country-ish".  Anyway, back in 1984 at the first of June it was a beautiful morning watching trains over Fairchild Creek. This location I enjoy early; at this time of the year, from sun-up until maybe noon and then the sun angle becomes a negative factor. In this old shot we see grimy old (the way we remember them) MLW C-630M 2024 and 2039 and M-636 2329 trailing, running eastbound.  Fan favourites back then, and even in 1984 not all that common any more. They were off the roster by 1996.
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Caption: Okay, so I suppose with most of you this is considered Brantford. But it is outside the city proper, so I label it Lynden West. Sounds more "country-ish". Anyway, back in 1984 at the first of June it was a beautiful morning watching trains over Fairchild Creek. This location I enjoy early; at this time of the year, from sun-up until maybe noon and then the sun angle becomes a negative factor. In this old shot we see grimy old (the way we remember them) MLW C-630M 2024 and 2039 and M-636 2329 trailing, running eastbound. Fan favourites back then, and even in 1984 not all that common any more. They were off the roster by 1996.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [946] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/01/1984 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2024 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Dundas Sub. (search)
City/Town: Lynden West (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. @awmooney. Agreed. Most changes, sadly, are usually done after something bad happens. Railroad tracks can be a dangerous place to trespass. Its hard to fathom how many people get killed by trains when are on the tracks. Its great to photograph trains, but safety has to come first.

  2. I guess it is the “non-railroader” mentality. I do recall many times seeing changes and someone I was with, or I, would say, “Wonder why they didn’t do that years ago”?? My reason for the comment regarding bridges is they look so very dangerous for anyone to be walking on.
    Especially those who shouldn’t be.

  3. @awmooney. Why are you puzzled that it took so long to put the handrails up on bridges across the country? Like most changes that have to do with safety, it takes time. There was a time that cars had no seat belts and those that did you were not required to wear one. The handrails were put up for the many railroad workers that had to use the bridge. I know all too well what happens when trespassers get caught on a bridge!

  4. Comment to ‘ngineered4u’ is I know the importance of the handrails; but what puzzled me is why so many years went by before the roads finally decided to install these on the bridges in this country. Considering the foot traffic from people taking shortcuts (aka: trespassers) and using bridges for diving boards and being just plain foolish being on them, those little safety boxes built on most lengthy bridges just weren’t the way to go if someone was caught on a bridge and panicked.

  5. Well the railroad name is called Fairchild’s Creek as I have a 40mph speed restriction over that bridge. As for the safety railings, they might not look pretty but as a railroader if you have to walk your train and there is no handrails, its a long way down!

  6. I’d also call this Brant County ;) as the city only goes as far as Lynden Road and Ancaster/Lynden doesn’t start until Highway 99 after Bethel Church Road :P

  7. This spot is totally grown in now, can’t even tell the bridge is there!

  8. Marcus: When I dug up this photo, I had totally forgotten how open it used to be there myself. What I do not like when taking pictures there now is the mandatory bridge safety railing that was installed a few years back.

  9. Caught on a technicality!! As in Tim Horton’s is now Tim Hortons. If there is an Old Man Fairchild, he wouldn’t be too happy with me. LOL

  10. Wow!!!
    The shot there was actually clear at one time.

  11. Its actually Fairchild’s creek :-)

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