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The heads up for these lashups are always appreciated. In this particular case, CN 394 has a colourful lashup of CN 3152, GECX 2037, CN 5797 and QNSL 528. The QNSL is a former Australian BHP unit that got rebuilt by Progress Rail in Tacoma, Washington, and is in transit to get to Quebec's north shores. CN 3152 for whatever reason has the entire conductor side window area painted black, which seems to have been this way for well over a year, if not from when it left the GE plant in Fort Worth. Near the end of the train sandwiched in is CN 2801 as DPU, not seen here of course. No doubt I made the trip down for the QNS&L.

With rain drizzling down, I figured the bridge off of Homestead Avenue just a short distance up the hill from Bayview would be a good location. The tree branches proved to be a challenge, so a little bear crawling to get under the bridge was done. Not to increase my rants about Hamilton parking enforcement, but Homestead Avenue is off limits to parking. The locals here don't seem to care as long as the road isn't blocked, but a reminder should be served that Hamilton's parking enforcement does not mess around in case anyone wants a shot here. Nonetheless, that likely further explains why pictures from this location are uncommon. While this spot does not work well when the sun is out, it seems perfect during a light rainfall. I will be back at some point, though probably on my bicycle.
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Caption: The heads up for these lashups are always appreciated. In this particular case, CN 394 has a colourful lashup of CN 3152, GECX 2037, CN 5797 and QNSL 528. The QNSL is a former Australian BHP unit that got rebuilt by Progress Rail in Tacoma, Washington, and is in transit to get to Quebec's north shores. CN 3152 for whatever reason has the entire conductor side window area painted black, which seems to have been this way for well over a year, if not from when it left the GE plant in Fort Worth. Near the end of the train sandwiched in is CN 2801 as DPU, not seen here of course. No doubt I made the trip down for the QNS&L.

With rain drizzling down, I figured the bridge off of Homestead Avenue just a short distance up the hill from Bayview would be a good location. The tree branches proved to be a challenge, so a little bear crawling to get under the bridge was done. Not to increase my rants about Hamilton parking enforcement, but Homestead Avenue is off limits to parking. The locals here don't seem to care as long as the road isn't blocked, but a reminder should be served that Hamilton's parking enforcement does not mess around in case anyone wants a shot here. Nonetheless, that likely further explains why pictures from this location are uncommon. While this spot does not work well when the sun is out, it seems perfect during a light rainfall. I will be back at some point, though probably on my bicycle.

Photographer:
Daniel Odette [155] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/26/2020 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3152 (search)
Train Symbol: CN M39491 25 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 0.9 CN Dundas Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Does it still have the screens from when BHP had them? Or were they removed?

    ngineered4u, post those if you can. Good to see you’re still “lurking”. Lol.

    Stay healthy out there.

    Good sacrifice Mr. Odette.

  2. @Brad. The QNSL 528 was built in London and yes as Daniel stated the units were shipped from Australia to Tacoma for rebuild. QNSl also has its own SD70Ace’s built in London. I have a few shots of them brand new in Mac Yrd.

  3. Very nice. Two questions: So the QNSL was shipped from Australia? Where was it built? Re: 3152 I don’t understand the mudslide reference as to why half the cab is painted black. A commemorative thing? (actually three questions).

  4. Thanks Jamie, good to know. I have not been out taking pics in ages so its always great to keep informed. Covid 19 is bad enough. Don’t need Lyme disease in the mix.

  5. I just steer clear of likely areas, but even then, I found one in my car a few weeks ago (just a dog tick), presumably picked up somewhere in Niagara. I’ve been dodging ticks my whole life having grown up in Norfolk – it’s been a deer tick hot bed for many many years with Long Point being the epicenter. Have had to pull quite a few. I check every time I come home from a day out.

  6. @jknott86..good to know. Does one take the chance and protect oneself from the ticks or just stay clear of tall grass?

  7. One has to worry about ticks any time it’s above 4 degrees celsius or so

  8. Yikes! The lengths one has to go through to get a photograph.
    Hmmm, i wonder if they would give me a ticket if I had my railroad vehicle parked out there?
    Question? Does one have to worry about deer ticks in the summertime when wandering around in the grass?

  9. Daniel it doesn’t help that things are closed and bylaw is patrolling often to look for people to ticket – so my advice when visiting public spaces that are closed, get in, get out, and don’t linger :)

    (best avoid if that can’t be done!)

  10. 3152′s cab is half black due to an incident where it hit a mudslide out in New Brunswick back in 2019

  11. So you note those signs at the end of the roadway, eh?
    Very nice shot at what used to be another carefree location.

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