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It seemed that the old TH&B Kinnear yard always had something interesting in the yard. While I missed the TH&B days, I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of the 4 axle MLW’s here and a lot of GP9U’s. Road power was always decent too considering the Hamilton subdivision was on of the last divisions across the system to be assigned the new GE’s. This meant a lot of SD40’s and SD60’s ventured through town. Having climbs up the Niagara Escarpment on either side of the city also tested a lot of the motive power CP sent along the line. Basically any train not using trackage rights over CN, typically was assigned 3-8 units just to make sure the train actually made it up the hill.  I’m not sure what the story was this day with this much power sitting in the yard and not tacked onto a train, typically power sitting in this area was either GP9’s or SW1200’s used in the locals. This was a nice treat with StL&H GP9U 8245, non Dash2 SD40 5505, SD40-2 5646, ex KCS SD40-2 5417, and another SD40-2. Who would have thought so many years later and now KCS power is common in Hamilton.
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Caption: It seemed that the old TH&B Kinnear yard always had something interesting in the yard. While I missed the TH&B days, I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of the 4 axle MLW’s here and a lot of GP9U’s. Road power was always decent too considering the Hamilton subdivision was on of the last divisions across the system to be assigned the new GE’s. This meant a lot of SD40’s and SD60’s ventured through town. Having climbs up the Niagara Escarpment on either side of the city also tested a lot of the motive power CP sent along the line. Basically any train not using trackage rights over CN, typically was assigned 3-8 units just to make sure the train actually made it up the hill. I’m not sure what the story was this day with this much power sitting in the yard and not tacked onto a train, typically power sitting in this area was either GP9’s or SW1200’s used in the locals. This was a nice treat with StL&H GP9U 8245, non Dash2 SD40 5505, SD40-2 5646, ex KCS SD40-2 5417, and another SD40-2. Who would have thought so many years later and now KCS power is common in Hamilton.

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Marcus W Stevens [1037] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/21/1999 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: StL&H 8245, CP 5505 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Hamilton sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. It was true, because the TH&B Union Agreement required a crew change at Hamilton so trains had to wait for recrew – they’d park the Southbounds at Kinner but northbounds could be at north switch kinnear, Park, or Desjardins. Trains would park for hours both ways!

    Once they eliminated the TH&B agreement when the last retired around 2012 it all ended.

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