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CN 4143 sits quietly in Oakville Yard.
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Caption: CN 4143 sits quietly in Oakville Yard.

Terry O'Shell [79] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/02/2009 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4143 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Oakville Yard, Oakville Sub., Mile 20.6 (search)
City/Town: Oakville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Those switch points will throw easily with all that oil and grease on the plates! :-)
    Some fresh sand for wheel slip just ahead of the points.
    Are those locomotives tied up or in service? Seems like an odd location to leave the power.

  2. @Paul. I can’t tell from the photo if the crew is somewhere nearby, but if the units are “tied down” with no crew, there is definitely a rule violation here about fouling an adjacent track?

  3. Paul : One of the few times I was actually out walking Oakville Yard. Today I have my “Track Hat” on as I was part of a Cross-functional Team doing turnout inspections, specifically checking gauge at pre-determined high risk locations through-out the turnout. Cross-functional work was always a great learning experience. It was not often I took casual photos of locomotives, photos were usually taken of subject matter pertinent to my job. The locomotives in question are definitely In Service, the crew was most likely having a Job Briefing with my colleagues. As per your observation of the sand, oil and grease on the ties, this is a well used route.

  4. Would the yard office be to the left out of frame and those are the rip tracks on the left? I used to love biking there when I was younger. Even had a trip on an SW1200RS to the ‘South yard’. I loved when you could see the yard power sitting from the QEW but now all blocked by Tractor trailers or at least when I was there last. The CP power was fun too. Thanks for this one!

  5. Brad, you are correct. Thanks for your comment.

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