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The north end of Garnet is a place you don't see photographed all that often. Namely, because the time of year in which there is sun to allow for this is limited, and because the time SOR spends here as compared to the south end of the yard is significantly less (minutes vs. hours), especially now that they no longer run north out of the yard. I shot at the north end of the yard one time last summer too, when 597 was tied down under a gorgeous sunset. I was over that way Tuesday evening and watched the usual late day moves around Nanticoke and the northbound trip from Nanticoke to Garnet. The late evening hours were dominated mostly by rainfall, but there were signs of sun coming so I stuck around. As they were setting off the drag from Nanticoke in Garnet for CN to lift later that night, some sun finally appeared, allowing for this shot.
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Caption: The north end of Garnet is a place you don't see photographed all that often. Namely, because the time of year in which there is sun to allow for this is limited, and because the time SOR spends here as compared to the south end of the yard is significantly less (minutes vs. hours), especially now that they no longer run north out of the yard. I shot at the north end of the yard one time last summer too, when 597 was tied down under a gorgeous sunset. I was over that way Tuesday evening and watched the usual late day moves around Nanticoke and the northbound trip from Nanticoke to Garnet. The late evening hours were dominated mostly by rainfall, but there were signs of sun coming so I stuck around. As they were setting off the drag from Nanticoke in Garnet for CN to lift later that night, some sun finally appeared, allowing for this shot.

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James Knott [197] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/22/2019 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: RLHH 2111 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Hagersville Sub (search)
City/Town: Garnet (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Interesting stuff, thanks Glenn. I’ve wondered how CN has made the move out there and in fact intended to go watch one night on my week off this past week but had too many early mornings to justify a late night.

  2. A neat and timely capture James! This quiet railway yard setting offers various features – towers, derails, switches, wind turbine in distance and mid yard the Garnet signboard (4.70).
    I was intrigued as well given that the northbound train was being parked on E22 siding whereas the recent norm being left right on the main within the yard itself.
    As a result of the 2009 occurrence, SOR tied the northbound train down, with locomotives attached, south of Concession 8 for the most part. With the installation of E22 and, more recently, with CN’s involvement, the northbound trains are left on the main and CN parks southbounds on E22 and excess of 70 cars, if any, elsewhere within the yard. The main must remain clear both north and south of the yard. I gather your captured train James was upwards of 70 cars and thus left on E22. Last evening SOR used the siding again with a train comprised of 68 cars. This evening, SOR left its train on the main given a somewhat shorter train. This latest norm per se is new to me and seemingly makes sound rail handling sense matching train to track length. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lol hahaha dover it is. Every year for 10 years now.

  4. Stephen Host …you stay in Dover OK? Long Point is my turf.

  5. All I said was it’s a spot that isn’t photographed all that often. I think that’s a fair statement. Not saying I’m the first or anything.

  6. The attention span of young railfans is very short, but they need to realize the hobby is a long term hobby measured in decades not months :)

  7. True Steve, not long ago at all. But you’re also forgetting that not everyone has been foaming for as long as you have :) Jamie really got into the hobby in the last 2 years…just about the time that the SOR went back to parking out at Nanticoke. Not everyone has been driving to Dover as long as you have LOL

  8. Thanks Joe. That wasn”t very long ago :)

    Here is why they began to use north end 10 years ago:

    http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/2009/r09t0057/r09t0057.html

  9. Good thing you waited, you caught some nice late evening glow.
    It must have been peaceful for a moment with the little bird sitting on the rail. :-)

  10. They stopped doing that around mid 2017 Steve. It was when the trains were smaller. They’d parked the 597 at Nanticoke and crews would take it from there. It ended up costing a lot of daylight, making late evening shots tricky.

  11. Most of my shots are from the north end of the yard because this is where they used to prepare 597 for the night’s departure late in the afternoon after I would drive home from the beach.

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