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I always marvel at the resilience of plants. June was a dry month, and at times the heat was crippling. Humidex values on this particular day were well into the 40s and it wasn't much better in the days leading up to that. Yet somehow, there is plant life on the end of this old Canadian Wheat Board hopper, which is bringing up the year on the day's 514 as it heads from Blenheim to Chatham up the Sarnia Spur.
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Caption: I always marvel at the resilience of plants. June was a dry month, and at times the heat was crippling. Humidex values on this particular day were well into the 40s and it wasn't much better in the days leading up to that. Yet somehow, there is plant life on the end of this old Canadian Wheat Board hopper, which is bringing up the year on the day's 514 as it heads from Blenheim to Chatham up the Sarnia Spur.

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James Knott [52] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/30/2018 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: Not Provided
Train Symbol: 514 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Sarnia Spur (search)
City/Town: Fargo (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Neat view! That is a fun line to chase.

  2. Yup that’s Cundle! And it all looks the same down there anyways… I had to go on Google Street View when I posted this to double-check that I actually remembered where I took it haha

  3. James, I was confused about your location when you took this. Now I see where you were standing, as that silver relay box would be north of MP 10, It would have been the Approach circuit for the diamond. What I thought was the old connecting track in the northwest corner, is only Cundle Rd or whatever its called, where the Stop sign is.

  4. Hey Bruce, yeah the connecting track to the CASO is all gone.

    I should’ve pointed out in my caption that you can see the signals for the old CASO diamond far off in the shot, so I am glad you brought that up.

  5. @ngineered4u, sorry to hear that :(

  6. Interesting angle James.
    Are the rails gone from the connecting track ( on the left) ?

  7. @Driver8666.. for most of my railroad life it was very common for us to ride the ends of almost any type of railcar, tank cars, boxcars, grain and plastic hoppers.
    The company put an end to that awhile ago. Especially after my colleague was killed in Oakville almost 9 years ago while riding the end of a high cube parts car when shoving into the Ford plant. I was the engineer working with him that day.
    I have not been the same since.
    Railroading is a dangerous environment. Even for us veterans :-(

  8. @jknott88..i agree. If only our hair were as resilient :-)

  9. Well, at least it provides a cushion of some sorts to whomever has to stand there.

    Or is that against the rules?

  10. Yes I’ve seen it lots before. Doesn’t change the fact that I find it impressive in the conditions in which they will grow and thrive. :)

  11. Actually, its very common to find wheat and other seeds moved by rail to germinate in the ends of grain cars. KInda cool

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