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Two trains in Goderich, Ontario - a rare sight that I didn't really understand at the time was quite rare, I should have put more effort into a two train effort but the plow extra, with three Raillink units and two F units and of course, a Plow had my attention, for the entire day. This was my first plow chase and first of many, a day for me that is one of my highlights of my photography 'career'. I have quite a few more keepers and I revisited my originals form this outing and pulled this one out for a rainy day. What I find striking is how GEXR seems to have had a large spareboard in this era - running extras regularly including, in the same week of this photo and at the same time two plow extras, one going to/from Goderich and the other to/from London. These were golden days on the GEXR for sure. Dare I say peak GEXR.
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Caption: Two trains in Goderich, Ontario - a rare sight that I didn't really understand at the time was quite rare. With the sifto evaporator plant in the background and lots of railway infrastructure there's plenty to look at in this photo. Mother nature was still angry and the flags flying in the wind are a testament to what the boys were up against south of town (lots of drifting!).

After plowing from Clinton to Goderich, 581 followed the plow into town and the extra will run engines first to Clinton Jct, wye the train then plow back to Stratford where the action was heavy.

What I find striking is how GEXR seems to have had a large spareboard in this era - running extras regularly including, in the same week of this photo and at the same time two plow extras, one going to/from Goderich and the other to/from London. These were golden days on the GEXR for sure. Dare I say peak GEXR.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [956] (more) (contact)
Date: 2/7/2007 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: GEXR 55413, RLK 4001, RLK 1401, RLK 1400. SLA 3821, GEXR 4046 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 581, GEXR 516? (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Goderich (search)
City/Town: Goderich (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Very nice scene Steve. And the four-axle era was in it’s golden years as well with the SD’s coming in about two years I believe.

  2. Rare catch indeed, nice! CEFX 6537 did return to it’s leassor and now wears the CEFX sky blue. I shot it in 2016 at ZTR Salford getting work done.

  3. Note the prime mover at right and a parked CEFX 6537 which I believe was returned to leassor. Not sure where the prime mover came from..

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