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I had the week off last week, and managed to fit in a couple of chases of OSR (this, being the Cayuga Clipper as they call it, and the other being the St. Thomas Job). Having grown up in Simcoe, I have a fondness for the Cayuga, so this chase was at the top of my list. I was told ahead of time by an OSR employee that they don't send the "good paint" down the Cayuga Spur, and with this shot it's easy to see why. The line has become rather overgrown in places. To breakdown the day for anyone interested, 1594 and 8235 departed Salford light power shortly after 0730, and made their way to St. Thomas via Ingersoll. They lifted traffic for Future Transfer off of the Wabash Transfer in St. Thomas, and then headed eastward on the Cayuga. They stopped in Aylmer solely to weigh the power at the ethanol plant - why exactly, I am not entirely sure (if anyone knows why please comment - I thought perhaps maybe it was due to weight restrictions on the line but this is pure speculation on my part). After the stop in Aylmer they made their way to the south end of Tillsonburg (pictured here). They took in about 7 cars (a couple of tanks and some hoppers), switched Future for a good while, and then returned with about the same amount of traffic. A fun day and a great bunch on the crew.
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Caption: I had the week off last week, and managed to fit in a couple of chases of OSR (this, being the Cayuga Clipper as they call it, and the other being the St. Thomas Job). Having grown up in Simcoe, I have a fondness for the Cayuga, so this chase was at the top of my list. I was told ahead of time by an OSR employee that they don't send the "good paint" down the Cayuga Spur, and with this shot it's easy to see why. The line has become rather overgrown in places.

To breakdown the day for anyone interested, 1594 and 8235 departed Salford light power shortly after 0730, and made their way to St. Thomas via Ingersoll. They lifted traffic for Future Transfer off of the Wabash Transfer in St. Thomas, and then headed eastward on the Cayuga. They stopped in Aylmer solely to weigh the power at the ethanol plant - why exactly, I am not entirely sure (if anyone knows why please comment - I thought perhaps maybe it was due to weight restrictions on the line but this is pure speculation on my part). After the stop in Aylmer they made their way to the south end of Tillsonburg (pictured here). They took in about 7 cars (a couple of tanks and some hoppers), switched Future for a good while, and then returned with about the same amount of traffic. A fun day and a great bunch on the crew.

Photographer:
James Knott [251] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/25/2019 (search)
Railway: Ontario Southland (search)
Reporting Marks: OSR 1594 (search)
Train Symbol: Cayuga Clipper (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Cayuga Spur (search)
City/Town: Tillsonburg (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Thanks Steve. Will keep this knowledge in mind. :-)

  2. Well, all I can say about the “blue devil” nicknameis in the era of the 2000′s we called them ex LMS because that’s what they were.

    But some kids didn’t like that and started calling them “Blue Devils” and it stuck, heritageunits.com has only hastened the permanence of these nick names. Damn kids!

  3. A lawnmower and hedge ‘clipper’s’ would take care of that.

  4. Okay. I’ll bite.
    I’ve used that same name myself when posting, as well as, seeing it posted here by others. What, if any story, is there behind the name “Blue Devil”.
    Signed, Curious. :-)

    Swell photo James, I thought we had a tree growing problem in places here. It’s nothing like this.

  5. Rog. I thought it was another railfan pet name like “blue devils” as many of us live in a world of make believe :)

  6. I messaged one of the crew members after the chase to get the name of the job, and that’s the answer I got.

  7. Who calls it the cayuga clipper? :)

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