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UGH. This place used to be BUSY. A road freight six days a week between Sarnia and Chatham and back. A local five days a week, three days a week Sarnia to Sombra and back, two days a week Chatham to Blenheim back to Sarnia. Four yard jobs daily, two day shift and two night shift.  D718 also ran Detroit to Windsor taxi from Sarnia three days a week. The Chatham road freights ended 2006. The Detroit Windsor (Walkerville) turn ended around 2013. The last train to Dresden was 2013 and the freights to Sombra have slowly been cut back where service is minimal at best today. I don't know when all the yard jobs were cancelled, but all that's left now is a day shift and sometimes a night shift monday-friday with usually one job some weekends. And back in the day there would have been four sets of power - three CSX and one CP (run through) and until even 2021 there were still enough for three sets of power.... now there's only one - what you see here is all they have. Why the UGH? I don't like these things as I think they're UGLY. Only two engines. But none of that matters to the crew, or the company. The reason why these are here? Inspections. These units can go 180 days between inspections as opposed to 92 days for older non computer monitored units. Inspections cost money. That's it. These are overkill for the Sarnia area as these 40's can pull a heck of a lot more cars than they do now. Number of employees today? About 8 to 10 total. That's it. Back in the day, if you do the math, with three (and four) man crews, and recrews, as late as 2006 they were calling about 20 to 26 men a day to work all the trains out of the Sarnia Terminal. Now it's only four on a busy day. It's a surprise CSX remains in Ontario in 2022.
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Caption: UGH. This place used to be BUSY. A road freight six days a week between Sarnia and Chatham and back. A local five days a week, three days a week Sarnia to Sombra and back, two days a week Chatham to Blenheim back to Sarnia. Four yard jobs daily, two day shift and two night shift. D718 also ran Detroit to Windsor taxi from Sarnia three days a week. The Chatham road freights ended 2006. The Detroit Windsor (Walkerville) turn ended around 2013. The last train to Dresden was 2013 and the freights to Sombra have slowly been cut back where service is minimal at best today. I don't know when all the yard jobs were cancelled, but all that's left now is a day shift and sometimes a night shift monday-friday with usually one job some weekends. And back in the day there would have been four sets of power - three CSX and one CP (run through) and until even 2021 there were still enough for three sets of power.... now there's only one - what you see here is all they have. Why the UGH? I don't like these things as I think they're UGLY. Only two engines. But none of that matters to the crew, or the company. The reason why these are here? Inspections. These units can go 180 days between inspections as opposed to 92 days for older non computer monitored units. Inspections cost money. That's it. These are overkill for the Sarnia area as these 40's can pull a heck of a lot more cars than they do now. Number of employees today? About 8 to 10 total. That's it. Back in the day, if you do the math, with three (and four) man crews, and recrews, as late as 2006 they were calling about 20 to 26 men a day to work all the trains out of the Sarnia Terminal. Now it's only four on a busy day. It's a surprise CSX remains in Ontario in 2022.

I suppose I should say a bit about the picture? Y190 is heading back north, done for the day passing the many refineries in the area. The train's on the mainline, or what remains of it, the welded rail having been installed in the late 80's.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [1350] (more) (contact)
Date: 4/17/2022 (search)
Railway: CSX Transportation (search)
Reporting Marks: CSXT 6505, (search)
Train Symbol: Y190 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Sarnia Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Sarnia (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. If any of this interests you and you’re a youngin and new to the hobby.. wait till you see what happened in St. Thomas on the same railway:

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=28084

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=18272

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=14920

    Search the site for more CSX/Chessie/C&O in Canada.

  2. I agree with you. Frustrating. I used to live in Petrolia as a kid, and we’d always drive by the station in Sarnia when making a trip to the city. 37 years later….definitely not the same. Especially the CSX line from Sarnia to Blenheim. From Dresden to Chatham….it sits rotting. Hasn’t been ripped up…but why leave it in when nearly all road crossings have been paved over and removed? Nothing makes sense from cutting back on crews, power, trains, and service.

    Your photo though….great shot. The sunlight really breathes life into the CSX colours on an otherwise noted ‘demise’.

  3. I really love this type of industrial background for rail photos. I would not be taking the 6505 to the prom with those angled orange beacons on the roof. Yikes. :-)

  4. LOL I don’t like these rebuilds either but… it’s different.

    I am still flabbergasted how CSX has gone from four sets of power (four jobs ex Sarnia daily) to just one in 15 years.

    You’d think such a heavily industrialized area would remain busy…

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