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Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.. as they say for Christmas Eve - this was no different. I ended up following this train to and from Elmira on Christmas Eve, after chasing 580 to Kitchener I found 584 working and they quickly went north, running early to get the crew home in time for Christmas. No creature was stirring - everyone was already sent home  - not in any business, not at Chemtura, nothing. Zero. It was just me and the two crew of the railway. I took this photo from behind a business, and the name built into the smokestack is what intrigued me. "naugatuck" was the name of this factory as it was in 1941. GEXR with 3821 is reversing into the facility to perform work, which takes time in the tight confines of this plant. This place hasn't changed all that much in the last 80 years it would seem.

Note: 3821 is now GEXR 2073.
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Caption: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.. as they say for Christmas Eve - this was no different. I ended up following this train to and from Elmira on Christmas Eve, after chasing 580 to Kitchener I found 584 working and they quickly went north, running early to get the crew home in time for Christmas. No creature was stirring - everyone was already sent home - not in any business, not at Chemtura, nothing. Zero. It was just me and the two crew of the railway. I literally had the run of the place. I took this photo from behind a business, and the name built into the smokestack is what intrigued me. "naugatuck" was the name of this factory as it was in 1941, it was built during the war to produce chemicals needed for the war effort. It along with Sulco is the reason why freight service is still here, and back to CN today but in the dead of night. GEXR with 3821 is reversing into the facility to perform work, which takes time in the tight confines of this plant. This place hasn't changed all that much in the last 80 years it would seem.

Note: 3821 is now GEXR 2073.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [1141] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/24/2015 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: GEXR 3821 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 584 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Elmira (search)
City/Town: Elmira (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Pretty cool shot Steve! Post this thinking of me in particular or did you feel it was necessary for this day/occasion in particular?
    Merry Christmas 2020 to all!
    A little different this year but that’s still a-ok in my opinion.

  2. Look at the date :) hehehe

  3. Nicely done Host

  4. Oh man, to get anything up there in daylight switching again. Those were the days. Sweet shot Steve.

  5. They were but I think they only were in Elmira in daylight once that year…

    it was prior to like 2010 when it was a daily thing…

    I need to pull more of those shots for Graydon LOL

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