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Hot enough for you? Summer hasn't even started and we're nearly at 30 degrees in Ontario as I post this so I saved this for a hot day to help cool you off. Pictured after a snowstorm, the sun is glowing orange through a filter of blowing snow carried by a cold and stiff January wind. Blowing snow is obscuring views of the motive power which sent a gaggle of folks trackside, this CP Heritage - "executive" mac scheme are working Guelph Junction, with the crew begrudgingly performing a set off of nearly 40 cars. After calling the RTC to belabour the difficult conditions they were encountering, the RTC forced them to proceed with their work but not after they pleaded for a maintainer to be sent to help as it can be very difficult for one person to dig out switches after a snow storm, let alone in winds this stiff and snow that viscous. I'd like to point out to folks who dream of working for the Railway that this is what I consider the ultimate "are you sure you do?" photo:  behind that train is a man (or woman depending on the crew) trudging through all that, broom in hand, digging switches, alone, climbing up and down setting handbrakes, toiling away for the company's benefit, with only a locomotive cab to keep them warm when it's all done. Bless the folks that do; often unsung heroes; normally on days like this you do your work and move on and no one notices, probably not even your boss, but on this day there was an audience for the day's railway theatre, and we noticed. Good job.
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Caption: Hot enough for you? Summer hasn't even started and we're nearly at 30 degrees in Ontario as I post this so I saved this for a hot day to help cool you off. Pictured after a snowstorm, the sun is glowing orange through a filter of blowing snow carried by a cold and stiff January wind. Blowing snow is obscuring views of the motive power which sent a gaggle of folks trackside, this CP Heritage - "executive" mac scheme are working Guelph Junction, with the crew begrudgingly performing a set off of nearly 40 cars. After calling the RTC to belabour the difficult conditions they were encountering, the RTC forced them to proceed with their work but not after they pleaded for a maintainer to be sent to help as it can be very difficult for one person to dig out switches after a snow storm, let alone in winds this stiff and snow that viscous. I'd like to point out to folks who dream of working for the Railway that this is what I consider the ultimate "are you sure you do?" photo: behind that train is a man (or woman depending on the crew) trudging through all that, broom in hand, digging switches, alone, climbing up and down setting handbrakes, toiling away for the company's benefit, with only a locomotive cab to keep them warm when it's all done. Bless the folks that do; often unsung heroes; normally on days like this you do your work and move on and no one notices, probably not even your boss, but on this day there was an audience for the day's railway theatre, and we noticed. The maintainer never did come and it took over two hours. Good job.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [1333] (more) (contact)
Date: 1/16/2022 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 7019, BNSF 9572 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 234 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Guelph Jct (search)
City/Town: Campbellville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Awesome! But I believe your date is wrong :)

  2. No, it’s correct. It was January 16 2022.

  3. Oh I’m just going my the snowstorm, which was overnight and morning of the 17th.

  4. There was one the night before this. It’s winter, they happen often.

    This was also the first train through after the storm.

  5. You guys must have been hit hard then. I only heard of that big one. I wasn’t around.

  6. Winter had some good moments this year for sure. We even had a freak snowstorm in mid March!

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=48267

    this was a very cold day.

  7. Wow…
    Great image.

  8. Thank you Sir.

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