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This looks like a frigid afternoon. Much like the day I am posting this.  Judging by the low sun in the western sky, I am going with the idea this is train #86, which was due in at Aldershot at 1614. But do not know for sure.
A pair of old RS-18s, 3110 and 3106 are seen from the railfans hillside chugging downgrade into Bayivew Jct. Not exactly classy, but they got the job done.
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Caption: This looks like a frigid afternoon. Much like the day I am posting this. Judging by the low sun in the western sky, I am going with the idea this is train #86, which was due in at Aldershot at 1614. But do not know for sure. A pair of old RS-18s, 3110 and 3106 are seen from the railfans hillside chugging downgrade into Bayivew Jct. Not exactly classy, but they got the job done.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1647] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/14/1981 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3110 (search)
Train Symbol: #86 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Dundas Sub. (search)
City/Town: Hamilton West (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Mr. Mooney, it must have been really frigid. As the Count on Sesame Street would say, “Look boys and girls, not just ONE steam generator car behind 3106, but TWO, the number 2, Ha, ha, ha”. Should be enough steam to heat the trailing 4 coaches and 1 baggage car ! Very nice picture, was it taken with a telephoto lens ? Ahhh, for the good old days. Thanks for posting, and Happy St Valentine’s Day, John

  2. Well, your sense of humour has not yet froze up. :o ) I wondered about combination, thinking two (2) trains had been combined; but not enough coaches. Guess it doesn’t hurt to have a “spare” in the cold weather.
    Yes, medium telephoto. It took me a long time to really accept telephoto. And even longer before I would ever accept “drone”.
    Happy Family Day. AWM

  3. Albert, the late afternoon sun light, the medium telephoto lens, all contributes to a very striking picture. Agree that it is probably the noon time train from Windsor and they didn’t turn around the passenger equipment, hence the baggage car on the tail end. The low numbered 3100’s were often used in inter-city passenger service but I don’t think they had a steam boiler, hence the steam generator car (s). Probably the most famous use of 3100’s in passenger train use was when the were bracketed by GO APU units on the Ontario government/ONR/UCRS excursion train to Collingwood for the christening of the Manitoulin Island ferry Chi-Cheemaun. Thanks again for posting, John

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