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All of this recent 581 talk has had me feeling nostalgic for 551. If memory serves, this was the last 551 to run the Grimsby before 581 took things over, which pushed their arrival back in Hamilton by several hours and really killed most photo ops for what served as a Spring/Summer/Fall highlight for me for a few years. This was one of my favourite locations for shooting 551 and I wanted to shoot it one final time. What's a Hamilton scene without some clapped out vehicles next to the tracks and an obsolete smoke stack? I revisited this location on Wednesday evening only to find the stack has come down at some point in the past year. Not quite the same here without it.  Looks like the crew has finished work at Empire Steel, Bartram Lumber and Triple M Parkdale, and are headed back towards the yard and ultimately onto Aldershot.
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Caption: All of this recent 581 talk has had me feeling nostalgic for 551. If memory serves, this was the last 551 to run the Grimsby before 581 took things over, which pushed their arrival back in Hamilton by several hours and really killed most photo ops for what served as a Spring/Summer/Fall highlight for me for a few years. This was one of my favourite locations for shooting 551 and I wanted to shoot it one final time. What's a Hamilton scene without some clapped out vehicles next to the tracks and an obsolete smoke stack? I revisited this location on Wednesday evening only to find the stack has come down at some point in the past year. Not quite the same here without it.

Looks like the crew has finished work at Empire Steel, Bartram Lumber and Triple M Parkdale, and are headed back towards the yard and ultimately onto Aldershot.

Photographer:
James Knott [532] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/15/2022 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4790 (search)
Train Symbol: 551 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Grimsby Sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. HAHA yup!!!

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=9950

    How many times I (continue) to photograph trains beside scrap cars…

  2. Cool and thanks for putting this up. Over 34.5 years between this and my recent 5590. The only big differences I can see, by quick glance, the 4790′s CN is a little larger on the nose and no black & white on the pilot. I dig brick chimney’s. :-)

  3. The pilot is still black and white but it’s covered in 40 years of grime.

  4. And the door’s open too. :-) It’s a shame to hear another brick stack was brought down. They ain’t makin’ any more of these iconic symbols. I guess practicality beats nostalgia.

  5. @Steve – gotta love it for what it is eh haha

    @ A.J. – 5590 much nicer!

    @ Aitch – I have some nicer 551 photos here but kinda chuckled when I saw the door was open given the convo on the 581 photo, and this was the “last” so fit my feelings of nostalgia well. Figured I had to post this one given those two things!

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