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So earlier this morning I bet on two horses out of Stratford and I was headed to Goderich following a GEXR plow extra when I got word from a friend (With great thanks!) OSR was plowing. Three years to the day of something I never thought i'd be able to do again, so I had to find a way to do it. OSR started plowing the St. Thomas subdivision in the morning and the Port Burwell was next after a deadhead back, and I figured they'd take the Port Burwell around noon. Thing is, I only had a half day off and had to get back to work, so I cut off my GEXR chase near Clinton and went straight to Salford. I watched OSR plow the piss out of the Salford cut, then set up for shots at the De Bruyn farm where drifting was particularly heavy. After getting some good action shots there was a problem - a bolt snapped in the OSR's wing system and crew decided to reverse to the Salford shops to try to repair before proceeding to Tillsonburg. My chase was over and I decided to snap one last photo of the overall scene (above) - many of us have posted tonnes of photos of the business end of plows doing their thing, but sometimes it's nice to see the motive power instead
I had high hopes for some good action this winter and have been scoping things out already - I've made two trips to Stratford and two to Salford already, and came back empty handed more than once, but made up for it in spades on Tuesday. Thankfully, I bet on the right horses.
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Caption: So earlier this morning I bet on two horses out of Stratford and I was headed to Goderich following a GEXR plow extra when I got word from a friend (With great thanks!) OSR was plowing. Three years to the day of something I never thought i'd be able to do again, so I had to find a way to do it. OSR started plowing the St. Thomas subdivision in the morning and the Port Burwell was next after a deadhead back, and I figured they'd take the Port Burwell around noon. Thing is, I only had a half day off and had to get back to work, so I cut off my GEXR chase near Clinton and went straight to Salford. I watched OSR plow the piss out of the Salford cut, then set up for shots at the De Bruyn farm where drifting was particularly heavy. After getting some good action shots there was a problem - a bolt snapped in the OSR's wing system and crew decided to reverse to the Salford shops to try to repair before proceeding to Tillsonburg. My chase was over and I decided to snap one last photo of the overall scene (above) - many of us have posted tonnes of photos of the business end of plows doing their thing, but sometimes it's nice to see the motive power instead

I had high hopes for some good action this winter and have been scoping things out already - I've made two trips to Stratford and three to Salford already, and came back empty handed more than once, but made up for it in spades on Tuesday. Thankfully, I bet on the right horses.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [793] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/09/2018 (search)
Railway: Ontario Southland (search)
Reporting Marks: OSR 401005, 1401, 6508 (search)
Train Symbol: Plow Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Salford (search)
City/Town: Salford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. OSR’s nearest wye is at Cami so not too far.

    I have never seen it face east/north but I missed the first few years of plowing.

  2. Is the plow always facing the same direction? Or do they need to turn it sometimes? And if so, where?

  3. TY Sir.

  4. I really enjoy all of your plow action images, Stephen! Awesome photography!

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