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Definitely not one of the best lit slides I have ever taken but considering the situation this day shooting in the pouring rain was a must. At the time for the past few weeks the NS 327/328 trains were somewhat sporadic, some days running, some days not and others just light power. Knowing there were two sets of power the day before in St. Thomas, and hearing NS may only run a train or two before the end of service in only a few days, I took the gamble and headed out to Hamilton Junction. As the rain poured down I did the best I could to cover both camera and video camera. NS 328 was very slow moving this day considering it had four borrowed UP units. It turned out to be the longest train 328 I ever shot at near to 120 cars. As it turned out I believe NS 327/328 may have run only a couple more times with only a few cars or just light power. It was sad to witness the event with so much history behind these NS trains all coming to an end. CN would handle the traffic after this but only for a couple more years as the writing was on the wall for the old Ford assembly plant in Talbotville as production soon came to an end and the plant was closed and eventually demolished. Things just are not the same around St. Thomas, the one time railroad capital of Canada.
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Caption: Definitely not one of the best lit slides I have ever taken but considering the situation this day shooting in the pouring rain was a must. At the time for the past few weeks the NS 327/328 trains were somewhat sporadic, some days running, some days not and others just light power. Knowing there were two sets of power the day before in St. Thomas, and hearing NS may only run a train or two before the end of service in only a few days, I took the gamble and headed out to Hamilton Junction. As the rain poured down I did the best I could to cover both camera and video camera. NS 328 was very slow moving this day considering it had four borrowed UP units. It turned out to be the longest train 328 I ever shot at near to 120 cars. As it turned out I believe NS 327/328 may have run only a couple more times with only a few cars or just light power. It was sad to witness the event with so much history behind these NS trains all coming to an end. CN would handle the traffic after this but only for a couple more years as the writing was on the wall for the old Ford assembly plant in Talbotville as production soon came to an end and the plant was closed and eventually demolished. Things just are not the same around St. Thomas, the one time railroad capital of Canada.

Photographer:
Marcus W Stevens [677] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/22/2006 (search)
Railway: Norfolk Southern (search)
Reporting Marks: UP 9788 (search)
Train Symbol: 328 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Dundas sub. (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Wow. I was out just two days prior to the date of this image shooting NS 327 from Paris to St. Thomas with the first two units. I wonder why I didn’t get this move, despite the weather. It was too long ago so I have no idea why or even if I heard of it at the time.

  2. I didn’t see this one either. I must have been working. But what a great catch….of course in lousy weather.
    Don’t remember the very last day #328 ran, but it was dark when two units rolled by me at Grimsby and I just waved. Eng of an era.

  3. Check the units on the banner (up)….

    Kevin I went for this and got skunked, barely beat it to Victoria Road. But I vividly remember the huge train!

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