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After making its way slowly down the Humberstone Spur on a rainy April afternoon, 562 is inside Vale's property to lift  one empty tank of sulphur dioxide (pictured at right). Outbound cars are spotted on the track pictured in the foregound by Vale's critter, and CN leaves inbound loads where you see the chlorine tank at left. On this afternoon, the crew of 562 had a tough time making the joint, given the track's radius. I heard them say that Vale usually leaves them a little further up.
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Caption: After making its way slowly down the Humberstone Spur on a rainy April afternoon, 562 is inside Vale's property to lift one empty tank of sulphur dioxide (pictured at right). Outbound cars are spotted on the track pictured in the foregound by Vale's critter, and CN leaves inbound loads where you see the chlorine tank at left. On this afternoon, the crew of 562 had a tough time making the joint, given the track's radius. I heard them say that Vale usually leaves them a little further up.

Photographer:
James Knott [359] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/26/2020 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3212 (search)
Train Symbol: 562 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Port Colborne (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Interesting point @ngineered4u and the information. I was thinking the aforementioned radius but also the weight restrictions. Guess it depends on the code of operating rules. Hope no one was hurt in the GO derailment.

  2. Thanks all for the comments.

    And neat stuff Glenn, thanks for sharing that operational note.

  3. Nice catch James and informative positioning! The inbound car in this scenario has to be spotted deep in the yard to allow 562 retrieve the outbound car(s), clear the switch and exit north on the lead. During a visit to the Port in Oct 2017, CN had spotted the inbound car on the lead well north of the switch. This arrangement allowed the colourful Vale critter to shove an empty onto the outbound track (same spot), reverse through the switch and hook onto the inbound car, etc. Interesting, simple trackage … handles different scenarios with coordination of course.

  4. I am surprised at the 6 axle power as well. Many places units of this size and class are restricted to non main track. Always great to see units in unusual places.
    Most of CN’s motive power have aligned drawbars, which means unlike auto racks and other freight cars the couplers can’t move very far. If a unit has non aligned couplers only one unit can be in the consist. It was non aligned couplers on the GO F59PH’s that caused a derailment at Liverpool years back> There were 3 units in the consist, coming downhill with train in dynamic braking.

  5. Always amazed they use 6 axels for switching power. 1200′s back in the day….

  6. Amazing stuff, Jamie!

  7. As soon as I opened this post I’m thinking “now there is a fun joint”. Your caption confirms that. LOL.

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