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I was out in Hamilton's north end seeing what I could find, and first came across these guys setting off tanks at Bunge's Edible Oil Facility (EOF) on the south side of Burlington Street, from where they headed east light power to NSC where they made a lift. Pictured here, the 1500 yard job has finished work down the hole and is headed west back towards Stuart Street on a pleasant Thursday evening in June. You will notice in their drag that they have some empty AIMX gons in addition to the new well cars. I am told these were erroneously set off at NSC the previous day. I've seen some accidental set offs in Hamilton before such as when I saw CP drop a Nova Chemicals hopper for CN when they were supposed to be dropping a hopper for Bunge (link here), but to accidentally drop old gons in a place that builds new cars seemed like a bit of a stretch. In the shot, this train is westbound over the diamond with CP's Beach Branch. In January, Craig Allen shot an eastbound CN here. Stephen Host has a shot from January 2018 of a CP train going over this diamond as well, and the caption of this shot was instrumental for me when I first began to learn the ins and outs of the track in industrial Hamilton, which can be overwhelming at first.
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Caption: I was out in Hamilton's north end seeing what I could find, and first came across these guys setting off tanks at Bunge's Edible Oil Facility (EOF) on the south side of Burlington Street, from where they headed east light power to NSC where they made a lift. Pictured here, the 1500 yard job has finished work down the hole and is headed west back towards Stuart Street on a pleasant Thursday evening in June. You will notice in their drag that they have some empty AIMX gons in addition to the new well cars. I am told these were erroneously set off at NSC the previous day. I've seen some accidental set offs in Hamilton before such as when I saw CP drop a Nova Chemicals hopper for CN when they were supposed to be dropping a hopper for Bunge (link here), but to accidentally drop old gons in a place that builds new cars seemed like a bit of a stretch.

In the shot, this train is westbound over the diamond with CP's Beach Branch. In January, Craig Allen shot an eastbound CN here. Stephen Host has a shot from January 2018 of a CP train going over this diamond as well, and the caption of this shot was instrumental for me when I first began to learn the ins and outs of the track in industrial Hamilton, which can be overwhelming at first.

Photographer:
James Knott [228] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/06/2019 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4776 (search)
Train Symbol: 1500 Yard Job (search)
Subdivision/SNS: N&NW Spur (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. When I see them off the unit, throwing a switch, pulling a pin, etc. I leave them alone also. They need to be thinking about their work, not me taking their picture. As was mentioned, safety first. If they are out front riding on the unit, especially if they wave/smile, totally fair game. :-)

  2. Haha@steve.. i will definitely work on it. Any requests for the locomotive you want. I do still have some sway at CN. Snake2 will put a crowbar in his wallet and but them all. Those calendars make excellent stocking stuffers :-)

  3. @jknott86. I am sure they appreciate your being respectful. Most railroaders have no issue with people taking pictures of them at work. Its more about it being done safely and not on railroad property, or ones that put themselves in harms way to get that “perfect shot”

  4. @phil i’m waiting for you to pose for us on some locomotive. We’ll make a calendar. Or a book. Or both.

    Arnold will take a copy, Snake will buy the entire run.

  5. I know the door bugs some people. I don’t mind it so much. Just a representation of the day.. it was fairly warm out. Can’t say I blame them for wanting a nice breeze! I mostly avoid shots with the crews in them unless a) I know the crews/know they want the shots or b) it’s something exceptional and I want the shot regardless of who’s in it haha. Otherwise I try to avoid pointing a camera right at them while they’re outside of the units working. Which as Steve originally pointed out is getting pretty tough to avoid in Hamilton these days with the beltpack crews on CN. This crew seemed railfan friendly though to be honest, but still I try to avoid it.

  6. @steve…i am always ready for me “close up” I make an ideal subject. A relic, but still a few good miles left on me :-)

  7. LOL. Nothing wrong, I guess it depends on who your subject is. :)

  8. @snake2….lol..definitely not stored unserviceable. Only “LUGO” my friend :-)

  9. dont mind him Steve – he’s just frustrated because he is “Stored Unserviceable”

  10. LOL, and just what is wrong with an open door or railroaders on the front of the unit? Railroading is not all about shiny units or closed doors. The human factor is often ignored in railroad photography..just sayin

  11. Ahh yes, the scourge of Hamilton’s new operations. Either a doors open or there’s men with Beltpack on the front porch. Alas, it is what it is.

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