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LTEX 1001, the switcher at Oxy Vinyls in Port Robinson, is pictured here shoving a cut of plastic pellet hoppers across Thorold Townline Rd into the plant property. There is what I am assuming to be an interchange point between the plant and CN on the west side of the road and the switcher shuttles hoppers back and forth. I saw it make a few trips between the plant and the interchange on this day, in what was a rather busy day for me railfanning-wise. There are a couple of trackmobiles within the plant property itself as well.
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Caption: LTEX 1001, the switcher at Oxy Vinyls in Port Robinson, is pictured here shoving a cut of plastic pellet hoppers across Thorold Townline Rd into the plant property. There is what I am assuming to be an interchange point between the plant and CN on the west side of the road and the switcher shuttles hoppers back and forth. I saw it make a few trips between the plant and the interchange on this day, in what was a rather busy day for me railfanning-wise. There are a couple of trackmobiles within the plant property itself as well.

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James Knott [196] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/08/2019 (search)
Railway: Industrial (search)
Reporting Marks: LTEX 1001 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Chemical Spur (search)
City/Town: Port Robinson (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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12 Comments
  1. Thanks for the info here. Worth wandering down there around the Noon Hour if there is actually going to be something happening in this dried up old Niagara.

  2. We get our birthdays off every year without having to take a vacation day, so here’s where I spent mine. Had wanted to check out the area for a while and had never even shot Trillium.

  3. James I guess that’s the difference. I don’t spend 8 hours at this, it’s quite rare for me to put a full day in because I travel so much for family, I don’t see the point of taking a day off work on something I can chance on later. I have *years* to get some of this and am not in a rush to get it.

    And of course on weekends the critters are hard to get since they rarely work.

    If I travel somewhere that’s a whole other matter :) but it’s usually more than 4 hours drive away.

  4. They seem to be out at noon hour every day from what I’ve seen.

  5. Good luck Steve. I know you’re a fan of the unique switchers. Would be kinda neat to see a CN transfer on the Chemical Spur too.

    I must’ve been pretty lucky this day. I was busy for a solid 7 or 8 hours. Got 143 as soon as I arrived. It was held at Robbins where I shot 538/564. Then followed Trillium from Feeder to Port Colborne, got the CP transfer to CN around lunch, LTEX right after, then a late 331 left mid afternoon, and ended the day with a SB in Welland Yard (didn’t bother shooting it) and a CP transfer to Trillium. Kept me on my toes and I didn’t even bother with 422 (same as 538/564 anyways) or 421.

  6. Thanks James. They’ve eluded me so far but I’ll try again some day when I’m bored. Niagara is far to go for action spread quite thin.

  7. This SW-1000 ex DRGW 144, is beginning it’s 5th year at Oxy.

  8. Thanks Arnold.

    To follow up on this discussion, I definitely got a “get the shot and leave as soon as possible” vibe there, even though I was on public property. I did see them make several trips across the road, but that was driving by for the most part. There is an individual on another site with quite a few shots of this unit though, so either they don’t mind him, he gets the shot and leaves quickly, or we are making a mountain out of a molehill.

    I would definitely like to shoot it again on a sunny day though, but I was content with this nonetheless given its relative rarity. And hey, the clouds let me be on the north side which kept the pole behind the unit and let me include a bit of the plant structure itself, so it wasn’t all bad.

  9. I too had a ‘problem’ with those guys at Oxy. This photo interests me because this is a locomotive I had not seen previously.
    Good scouting there, James!!

  10. Thanks both.

    12:52 according to the file. They’d gone back and forth across the road at least a few times prior as well.

  11. Nice. What time was this at? I suspect these guys run at about the same time. Also curious if Martech runs this or not. Martech guys weren’t unfriendly when I saw them at Welland Pipe or Resolute.

  12. Great photo! I find these guys aren’t too fond of railfanners so its always a quick shot and leave. Lol.

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