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Tipped off there was a work train ordered up ex Hornepayne that morning, my good friend Kyle Stefanovic and I set out of Thunder Bay mid morning bound for Jellicoe- working on a hunch solely based off a train symbol which had been used previously for crews pulling the Kinghorn that could have been used for anything else! There were no guarantees we would see anything other than what was left of the former crew change point in the middle of nowhere Ontario. We arrived shortly after 14:00 to a lifeless scene. The trees barren, the ground brown and dead. It was a warm and beautiful spring day but the colour green was still a month and change away... The three track yard had been removed while the mainline, siding and wye remained intact as well as the boarded up bunkhouse. As we sat in my little '04 Honda Civic trying to figure out an ETA, if in fact they were even destined for the Kinghorn. Knowing the order time, (what we figured the) run time on the Caramat Sub to Longlac Jct was plus the run time to Jellicoe at the lowly speed of 15mph it'd be anytime around the 15:00 hour. As we continued to chat to our amazement there was a chirp over the radio... 
"Ok ahead 908."
Unbelievable! Our excitement could not be contained as our hunch had paid off. The lights of CN SD40-2W 5305 rounded the curve at the east end of the former yard along the mainline. I composed this image of the veteran unit and old GTW caboose 79047 running down the mainline past the abandoned and boarded up bunkhouse.The crew setoff GTW 79047 at the west end of the siding, before returning to their train of empty CWR cars left at the east siding switch. The train would be pulled into the siding and left behind as the crew coupled up to the awaiting caboose ahead of them and shove some 40 plus miles west to another waiting CWR train sitting in the middle of the bush west of Orient Bay. We followed to Beardmore where we were forced to break off the chase due to commitments back in town.
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Caption: Tipped off there was a work train ordered up ex Hornepayne that morning, my good friend Kyle Stefanovic and I set out of Thunder Bay mid morning bound for Jellicoe- working on a hunch solely based off a train symbol which had been used previously for crews pulling the Kinghorn that could have been used for anything else! There were no guarantees we would see anything other than what was left of the former crew change point in the middle of nowhere Ontario. We arrived shortly after 14:00 to a lifeless scene. The trees barren, the ground brown and dead. It was a warm and beautiful spring day but the colour green was still a month and change away... The three track yard had been removed while the mainline, siding and wye remained intact as well as the boarded up bunkhouse. As we sat in my little '04 Honda Civic trying to figure out an ETA, if in fact they were even destined for the Kinghorn. Knowing the order time, (what we figured the) run time on the Caramat Sub to Longlac Jct was plus the run time to Jellicoe at the lowly speed of 15mph it'd be anytime around the 15:00 hour. As we continued to chat to our amazement there was a chirp over the radio...

"Ok ahead 908."

Unbelievable! Our excitement could not be contained as our hunch had paid off. The lights of CN SD40-2W 5305 rounded the curve at the east end of the former yard along the mainline. I composed this image of the veteran unit and old GTW caboose 79047 running down the mainline past the abandoned and boarded up bunkhouse.

The crew setoff GTW 79047 at the west end of the siding, before returning to their train of empty CWR cars left at the east siding switch. The train would be pulled into the siding and left behind as the crew coupled up to the awaiting caboose ahead of them and shove some 40 plus miles west to another waiting CWR train sitting in the middle of the bush west of Orient Bay. We followed to Beardmore where we were forced to break off the chase due to commitments back in town.

Photographer:
David Young [232] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/19/2010 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5305 (search)
Train Symbol: W90831-19 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Jellicoe, CN Kinghorn Sub (search)
City/Town: Jellicoe (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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