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VIA's Southbound Toronto connection has stopped at South Parry's "CN Boyne" for a crew change and it looks like all hands on deck. The location is 3 miles S of Parry Sound off James Bay Jcr Rd north. This is still an interesting photo location as transcon lines run side by side, with CP on the left.(CP Reynolds) Interesting to note the 'remains' of a crossover here. In this location I can remember at least 3, maybe 4 times operations have called for crossover changes at this point. This one was pulled and the opposite installed. More than once. Currently, what you see in tatters has been replaced, as this is where CN northbounds (read: west) cross to the CP track as they run north over the CN/CP Directional Running Zone.(DRZ) Or "shared asset zone" if you prefer.  Trains go back on their own lines at St. Cloud, just south of Sudbury. All regular trains North on CP, South on CN.
Power on todays train is VIA 6507, 6618 and 6627. Note that 'ditch-light' system appears to be in its infancy stage. :o)
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Caption: VIA's Southbound Toronto connection has stopped at South Parry's "CN Boyne" for a crew change and it looks like all hands on deck. The location is 3 miles S of Parry Sound off James Bay Jcr Rd north. This is still an interesting photo location as transcon lines run side by side, with CP on the left.(CP Reynolds) Interesting to note the 'remains' of a crossover here. In this location I can remember at least 3, maybe 4 times operations have called for crossover changes at this point. This one was pulled and the opposite installed. More than once. Currently, what you see in tatters has been replaced, as this is where CN northbounds (read: west) cross to the CP track as they run north over the CN/CP Directional Running Zone.(DRZ) Or "shared asset zone" if you prefer. Trains go back on their own lines at St. Cloud, just south of Sudbury. All regular trains North on CP, South on CN. Power on todays train is VIA 6507, 6618 and 6627. Note that 'ditch-light' system appears to be in its infancy stage. :o)

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1306] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/04/1985 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA 6507 (search)
Train Symbol: #10 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Boyne-CN Bala Sub. (search)
City/Town: South Parry (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Thanks for the additional info on the photo Arnold. That would have been a highly coordinated move between the two railways at the time.

  2. Yeah, Larry….when I first looked a this picture in order to post I got to thinking of a modern European passenger train. I think we are rather lagging behind. :o )

  3. There were GP9′s and 38′s that would be sporting the same ditch lights when passing through on the Coronado Sub. Same time period too. They look like something you would buy at the dollar store to get you through a urgent moment. :-)

  4. Jason: Now I am confused. I just found pics that confirmed the above train arrived on the CP line, pulled ahead and backed over the crossover you see in the foreground to arrive at the CN Boyne. It runs the rest of the way over CN.
    Compare that with http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=19651 which I shot on Aug 25th of that year.
    No wonder I get bloody confused.

  5. Thanks for the information Arnold.

  6. Thanks. In a short time frame here, yes. I did see a dozen or so recrews here during the summer.
    Since the train was of decent length, there was no room to stop at the station without fouling Isabella St.
    And around the curve in the background of this shot the Mobile office that had been there thru most of the 2000s (that I know of) was not yet installed.
    Times were different when the CDN ran over CP in this area.
    The CP station was where the action was.
    I’ve not a timetable for these route changes.

  7. Fantastic shot Arnold.

    Do you know if this was normal procedure for the Canadian to stop and change crews here at this time?

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