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When I saw that 1444 and 1412 were trailing on 435 yesterday, my immediate hunch was the potential for one hell of a 514. A friend down in Chatham had a similar hunch, and I got a text at about 6:30 a.m. confirming they were indeed set off there by 439 overnight and I was up and out the door in about 15 minutes and on my way down. I got there just after they'd got onto the Sarnia Spur, and I headed them off on Fargo Road just south of the 401 and followed them down to Blenheim where they set off six empties and lifted four loads at ADM. They did not go to Thamesville today.
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Caption: When I saw that 1444 and 1412 were trailing on 435 yesterday, my immediate hunch was the potential for one hell of a 514. A friend down in Chatham had a similar hunch, and I got a text at about 6:30 a.m. confirming they were indeed set off there by 439 overnight and I was up and out the door in about 15 minutes and on my way down. I got there just after they'd got onto the Sarnia Spur, and I headed them off on Fargo Road just south of the 401 and followed them down to Blenheim where they set off six empties and lifted four loads at ADM. They did not go to Thamesville today.

Photographer:
James Knott [291] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/25/2020 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1444 (search)
Train Symbol: 514 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Blenheim Industrial Spur (search)
City/Town: Blenheim (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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17 Comments
  1. And thanks James! Figured he wouldn’t be on the main proper. Great stuff. Now I need the Rapido model! Ditch lights removed of course. ;)

  2. That’s awesome Steve! Yeh..what about those lights? Not bothered to repace?

  3. Notice how the ditch lights dissapeared.

  4. Brad yes.

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=18995

    Notch 8 getting up to 60 mph too.

  5. Not sure if that example is any more relevant than this one, Brad. These guys would’ve run on the main of the Chatham Sub to get to the Sarnia Spur. In that example, they come off the N&NW and then onto the Oakville Sub and back to the yard. In the times a GMD-1 led Triple 5 on the Grimsby and Oakville Subs proper, it was short hood forward. I am sure though just based on sheer probability that it wouldn’t be very hard to find other past examples of other Oakville Sub jobs (like 554 for example) where they ran with a GMD-1 long hood forward.

  6. Asked and answered..sort of..http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=40138

  7. Has anyone seen a GMD1 run long hood forward on the mainline? I thought ditch lights were a requirement?

  8. Hahaha. Thanks again all.

    Jacob, might be an SBU?

  9. You’re a good friend Jamie, but I do kinda hate you right now. Very jealous hahahah

  10. Great shot Jamie. Is that not a set of the “portable” ditch lights laying on the front walkway on the 1444? Almost looks like it.

  11. I like how the only ditch lights on each of the GMD-1s is on the short hood. So in the above orientation this set of power has no ditch lights in leading in either direction. Gives it an old-school look that fits very nicely with this “branchline” operation. Very nice work James!

  12. They’re in London as far as I know.

  13. Right 435 terminates at London..439 picked them up. Already gone then. Glad you boys were able to capture the two!

  14. Thanks all.

    439 drops power for 514 and the following 438 takes the power back to London. These units were on 438 last night.

  15. Interesting to see the progression from James Gardiner’s post today to the GMD1′s ultimate destination. But I understand the units are picked back up on the return A43531 or another so get in. And great catch it was! Very nice.

  16. This is awesome. Great work Jamie.

  17. The early bird, in this case, gets more GMD-1′s. And a fine pair they are. Good effort James. :-)

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