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Where's winter? At least, in Southern Ontario - we're asking this question - as of January 9 it's yet to really arrive. Exactly one year ago, winter was in full blast mode and I had the pleasure of photographing  GEXR battling snow in the morning to Goderich  only to get a call about OSR doing the same thing. A Doubleshot? Pinch me. I made sure to pinch myself and booked it for Salford to get at least one shot of OSR - I only needed one. This is it. The plow broke after this shot was taken and needed repair, but my mission was accomplished. 
Five years ago today, I also had the pleasure of a doubleshot - OSR called a plow for 0800 out of Salford, so I spent a   gorgeous kodachrome morning photographing OSR  and afterwards I went home via Stratford, the long way, because I heard a plow may be out on GEXR. I got lucky - they still hadn't  plowed the Guelph sub. It will be interesting to see what CN does this winter in the St. Marys area, CN does have spreaders in the area - anyone know if CN has wedge plows in service or stored anywhere?. Both GEXR and OSR Still have their plows, crossing fingers they will have to pull it out and use it, if lucky, maybe on the same day.
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Caption: Where's winter? At least, in Southern Ontario - we're asking this question - as of January 9 it's yet to really arrive. Exactly one year ago, winter was in full blast mode and I had the pleasure of photographing GEXR battling snow in the morning to Goderich only to get a call about OSR doing the same thing. A Doubleshot? Pinch me. I made sure to pinch myself and booked it for Salford to get at least one shot of OSR - I only needed one. This is it. The plow broke after this shot was taken and needed repair, but my mission was accomplished.

Five years ago today, I also had the pleasure of a doubleshot - OSR called a plow for 0800 out of Salford, so I spent a gorgeous kodachrome morning photographing OSR and afterwards I went home via Stratford, the long way, because I heard a plow may be out on GEXR. I got lucky - they still hadn't plowed the Guelph sub. It will be interesting to see what CN does this winter in the St. Marys area, CN does have spreaders in the area - anyone know if CN has wedge plows in service or stored anywhere?. Both GEXR and OSR Still have their plows, crossing fingers they will have to pull it out and use it, if lucky, maybe on the same day.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [934] (more) (contact)
Date: 1/9/2018 (search)
Railway: Ontario Southland (search)
Reporting Marks: OSR 401005 (search)
Train Symbol: Plow Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Salford (search)
City/Town: Salford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Classic plow shot. I don’t know if we will get this around here this winter.

  2. Yup the power is kept at the station in Stratford. We thought it was a little odd too when we saw it there and wondered if maybe CN gave it the boot or something.

  3. Do they not park power at the station? Something must be up, you can’t leave it at Mitchell, if the snow flies, they won’t be able to get the plow out. My bet is the haul it to Stratford to have it on the ready soon.

  4. Beauty. For everyone’s reference it looks like GEXR is keeping their plow at the elevator just east of Mitchell now.

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