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A chance encounter en-route to pick up a dog with my family near Goderich, keeping the scanner on paid off as I heard something switching near Clinton. With 13 cars in tow and after working the Junction to lift some cars, 581 is enroute toward Seaforth and possibly Exeter on the Exeter Subdivision while OPP Clinton Detachment #9 passes by looking for their next victim. I'd get one more shot on the Exeter Subdivision as they blast south at.. a blistering 10 MPH pace. Talk about some of the slowest subdivision track out there... and yes, the Exeter Spur is back to a Subdivision as per signs posted on crossbucks and timetable!
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Caption: A chance encounter en-route to pick up a dog with my family near Goderich, keeping the scanner on paid off as I heard something switching near Clinton. With 13 cars in tow and after working the Junction to lift some cars, 581 is enroute toward Hensall and possibly Exeter on the Exeter Subdivision while OPP Clinton Detachment #9 passes by looking for their next victim. I'd get one more shot on the Exeter Subdivision as they blast south at.. a blistering 10 MPH pace. Talk about some of the slowest subdivision track out there... BTW is this really the first HESR 3510 shot on here? HESR 3510 is a former HLCX 1843 in new paint - repainted in November and shipped from Panama City Florida and re-directed to GEXR due to power shortage.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [1313] (more) (contact)
Date: 5/1/2022 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: HESR 3510, RLHH 2117 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 581-01 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Clinton, Exeter Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Clinton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. +1 for the Taurus.

  2. 581 would be en route to Hensall on the Exeter Sub here Stephen, Seaforth is on the Goderich Sub.

    It’s also always been the Exeter Sub….

    Great shot though….

  3. And a Huron and Eastern unit! Nice one Steve.

  4. Oops, i’ll fix that :) I was tired when I wrote it.

  5. Stephen, always loved trains crossing over old railway bridges ! What a nice picture, wonder how many “single lane” railway overpasses in “active service” are left in southern Ontario ? And the pumpkin orange 3510 with its colourful yellow pilot lights up the picture beautifully. Now as for the “fast paced” 10mph, that’s nothing compared to the old CNR belt line from Fairbanks Jct to Yonge St speed of 5 mph ! If your dog got scared by the waddling 0-8-0, it could out run it going in the same direction. At least this branch line is still in service, no matter what the speed limit. Thank you for posting, John. PS, what is the dog’s name ?

  6. 5 MPH.. my goodness.. why so slow? I’ve seen photos of the Belt Line in the diesel era… same line right?

    Her name is Star. She’s a girl. I’m vastly outnumbered in my house. 4 girls one guy. I need a boy dog!!!

  7. Sounds more like YOU are doomed to a doghouse, Mr. Host.

  8. Woof

  9. Next victim. Lol.

  10. Nice image! Considering the location of the GEXR the Huron & Eastern name works here as well.

  11. Stephen, yes it is the same line, CN yard switchers stationed at Spadina took over when steam ended, but speed didn’t change. Like the name Star, and you are noy the only one outnumbered in your household, Sandy (wife) and Candy (small dog) run my life -grin and bear it, John

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