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When returning from eastern Alberta, the grain extra at Kerensky would have to make a stop to get the south connecting track switch and then line it back to normal after having passed it. Not certain exactly when, but, shortly after this photo time, a spring switch was installed so that returning trains from the Coronado could trail through the switch without stopping. In this photo, the tailend brakeman has only moments before given the signal that the switch is lined and the engineman is slowly getting the train of grain on the move as it negotiates the big curve that will take it south and down to cross the Redwater river.
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Caption: When returning from eastern Alberta, the grain extra at Kerensky would have to make a stop to get the south connecting track switch and then line it back to normal after having passed it. Not certain exactly when, but, shortly after this photo time, a spring switch was installed so that returning trains from the Coronado could trail through the switch without stopping. In this photo, the tailend brakeman has only moments before given the signal that the switch is lined and the engineman is slowly getting the train of grain on the move as it negotiates the big curve that will take it south and down to cross the Redwater river.

Photographer:
A.J. Foyt [309] (more) (contact)
Date: Mid-June 1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4285 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra 4285 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Kerensky (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Classic photo….long hood forward! Great catch.

  2. Wow so clean…

  3. Very nicely done!

  4. Thank you everyone for the comments. :-)
    My curiosity had me checking these 2 out. The 4285 became the 7057 and my quick search found no photos. The 7057 was retired in 2000 (CNRHA) with a bent frame, answering the lack of photo history. The 4261 became the 7025 and there are a number of photos of it on this site with this 7025 photo being my fav. http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=4135

  5. Leaning hard into the curve. Nice view.

  6. Hi Terry. I’ve wondered about the super elevation on this track. Seems a little tall for freight traffic. But, back when there was 2 rail liners running on here, the posted speed for them was 70mph and 60 on curves. This curve here was posted at 55mph. Is the lean on the 4285 a leftover from Budd car days? Or, now that rail liners are discontinued, will the track be setup for freight traffic when the next track leveling happens? Questions for the section dept. :-)

  7. The degree of the curvature and authorised freight train speed would determine the elevation required to be maintained with the discontinuance of passenger service. Any changes to elevation would only happen if a major ballasting and lifting program was initiated.

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