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MLW C424 CP 4239 is leading its train out of the hole onto the main line, at a passing track in the countryside outside London ON. The crewman boarding (or de-boarding) looks cheerful. 
Note the reflection of the diagonal stripes on the right rail near the switch point. 
The front of the engine of another train can be seen further down the siding. 
Unfortunately CP did not show the mileage on the back side of this signal, so it's not easy to locate.
My guess is a westbound train on the Windsor Sub. Anyone who recognizes the spot is invited to comment.
Copyright Notice: This image ©John Parnell photo, J.Pittman collection all rights reserved.



Caption: MLW C424 CP 4239 is leading its train onto the main line, at a passing track in the countryside east of London ON.
The crewman boarding the engine looks cheerful.
Note the reflection of the diagonal stripes on the right rail near the switch point.
The front of the engine of another train can be seen further down the siding.

CP did not show the mileage on the back side of this signal, so location wasn't easy to determine.
Guided by Mr. Noe's comment and online map tools - this is a westbound train on the Galt Sub exiting the west end of Nissouri siding, as seen from Purple Hill Road grade crossing.

Photographer:
John Parnell photo, J.Pittman collection [7] (more) (contact)
Date: 1991-09-30 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4239 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Galt Sub - Nissouri (search)
City/Town: east of London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. There were more trains, shorter trains back then. Most of CP is single track, so passing siding length sets a limit – Nissouri was 6350′ back then, but as of 2016 it is 10175′ (many sidings remain in the 6000′ range).
    Have another picture of this train a few seconds later with all lights on, but this one is better.
    There is a pending picture of a piggyback train on the main here with under 20 cars.

  2. Nice touch on the reflection. Love those old C424′s. And strange that there’s another train on the siding right behind it. Common practice then?

  3. Based on Mr. Noe’s comment and some checking with “streetview” I agree it’s CP’s Nissouri. Looks like the photographer was at the Purple Hill Rd grade crossing, facing east, then the west end of Nissouri siding. (Siding has since been extended.) The high voltage power line is a useful landmark. Purple Hill Rd is 3rd crossing east of Nissouri Road, which is why I didn’t find Nissouri siding in the first place.

  4. It looks like Nissouri siding, east of London on the Galt Subdivision.

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