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Same train, different location... Why not? I had seen CP's 150 train in Hamilton two days before, but failed to take advantage of the lighting when it was best around 8pm. It was clear I wouldn't be getting a sunset as the show at Lambton yard was coming to an end. Then it started to rain. While I hate the feel of rain, I knew it was a last resort to at least I'd have some decent contrast in my photo. I wasn't prepared, and had to resort to a one of my socks to clean my lens, as it was the only thing I had that was dry. Luckily I was able to dry it enough so the lens didn't flare.

As for more story on the train and location itself. It's probably well known at this point that the old F units have not proven the most reliable for this trip, with both 1401 and 4107 suffering ailments. A good reminder that all the power here is around 60 years old. All of the equipment was built for arch rival CN, and was used heavily into the Via Rail days, all except 1401 of which were used by them until 1998. So they've definitely been well used. It's too bad CP didn't have the foresight to keep some of their own historical equipment for this train.

What about those signals? Despite the West Toronto diamond being buried three years ago to prevent conflicts with Weston Sub passenger trains, the searchlights still stand just west of where the diamond once was. Osler now has LED signals at both ends of the interlocking, and it's likely many signal blocks along the North Toronto Sub will follow in the coming years. F units and searchlights seem to fit well together, but it's very possible that the next time the Royal Canadian Pacific comes down to Toronto, there might not be any searchlights in the area to knock out. It was just under three years earlier E.H.H and the boys last brought this train onto the North Toronto Sub. A short period of time, but plenty of time for change, and plenty of changes there has been on CP since then. If there's anything that hasn't changed, it's the blue smoke blowing out of CP 4106's stack, an indication believably of low oil that F units proudly announced back in the day. Surely some of you old timers remember the blue smoke!
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Caption: Same train, different location... Why not? I had seen CP's 150 train in Hamilton two days before, but failed to take advantage of the lighting when it was best around 8pm. It was clear I wouldn't be getting a sunset as the show at Lambton yard was coming to an end. Then it started to rain. While I hate the feel of rain, I knew it was a last resort to at least I'd have some decent contrast in my photo. I wasn't prepared, and had to resort to a one of my socks to clean my lens, as it was the only thing I had that was dry. Luckily I was able to dry it enough so the lens didn't flare.

As for more story on the train and location itself. It's probably well known at this point that the old F units have not proven the most reliable for this trip, with both 1401 and 4107 suffering ailments. A good reminder that all the power here is around 60 years old. All of the equipment was built for arch rival CN, and was used heavily into the Via Rail days, all except 1401 of which were used by them until 1998. So they've definitely been well used. It's too bad CP didn't have the foresight to keep some of their own historical equipment for this train.

What about those signals? Despite the West Toronto diamond being buried three years ago to prevent conflicts with Weston Sub passenger trains, the searchlights still stand just west of where the diamond once was. Osler now has LED signals at both ends of the interlocking, and it's likely many signal blocks along the North Toronto Sub will follow in the coming years. F units and searchlights seem to fit well together, but it's very possible that the next time the Royal Canadian Pacific comes down to Toronto, there might not be any searchlights in the area to knock out. It was just under three years earlier E.H.H and the boys last brought this train onto the North Toronto Sub. A short period of time, but plenty of time for change, and plenty of changes there has been on CP since then. If there's anything that hasn't changed, it's the blue smoke blowing out of CP 4106's stack, an indication believably of low oil that F units proudly announced back in the day. Surely some of you old timers remember the blue smoke!

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Daniel Odette [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/11/2017 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 1401 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 40B-11 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 5.6 CP North Toronto Subdivision - Osler (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Thanks guys. Much appreciated. F units really stand out in dreary weather.

  2. I agree with Mr. Host, one of my favourite shots yet. Well done.

  3. Daniel, Credit should be given for the moody photograph. Not too many fans stayed out for that. Nice one.

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