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Lucky break to catch a hole in the cloud to brighten this view of CP 8459 at a country crossing on its way back to Woodstock from Tillsonburg.
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Caption: Lucky break to catch a hole in the cloud to brighten this view of CP 8459 at a country crossing on its way back to Woodstock from Tillsonburg.

A.W.Mooney [2100] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/12/1979 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Port Burwell Sub. (search)
City/Town: Mount Elgin (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Hi Arnold,

    Great photo! I assume you’ve scanned this from a slide, so I’m wondering, what kind of a scanner do you have? I’m looking for one and am wondering how much you have to pay for a decent machine.

    Hope all’s well with you.


  2. Well, well,James…….nice to hear from you. You’re right that this is from a slide, but I had a print made and scanned that. The old scanner I am using is a hand-me-down…so I have no idea on ‘decent machines’. I’ve been having prints made from selected slides as I have pretty well packed in the slide projector these days.
    SORRY I am not of any help.

    All the best and keep well !!!

  3. great shot of the cp rs-3 8459 goes to show we still learn something everyday no matter how long you model cp rail.I knew some rs 18s have ditch lights installed before being rebuild. to show a rs 3 with permanent mounted ditch lights all I can say is wow.

  4. Glad the photo is helpful. Now I am wondering just when permanent ditchlights came into being. I have shots of temp ones on some earlier VIAs, also permanent ditchlights on CP RS-2s, photo taken early 1980 that I know of…….

  5. Here, Mister Mooney, is one that I missed. Was this shot taken near Salford? I’m guessing the crates originated in Tilsonburg at Livingston Industries. Excellent picture.

  6. Arnold, ditch lights came onto CP in the mid-to-late 70′s. There’s a maroon & grey GP9 out there (8521) that ran around with its original “garbage can” headlights and a pair of ditch lights too!

  7. MrDan: THANKS for the commentary; it is helpful to a lot more of us than just old geezer-types like me. I am surprised you remembered my quest for information regarding the intro of these ditch lights. Little things like this I never had the foresight to make note of back then. Good Show!!!

  8. The crates came out of Livingston No 6 track and were destined for St John New Brunswick. The boxcars likely came from Hoover’s at Townline Rd. OSR still switches it, but the name has changed now.
    The gons with crates used to be hauled into Woodstock around noon by the returning 2345 Roadswitcher aka Tillsonburg night job. He was the guy that switched that track.
    By 1979, there were 2 yard jobs stationed at Tillsonburg, and the daily w/f hauled cars to there and or points as far as Port Burwell. This included all cars whether switched at night or by day job.
    Prior to the startup of the yard jobs in 78, there was a 1201 Pt. Burwell job and the 2345 RS job that ran out of Woodstock, and both switched Livingstons. Only the day job went south beyond the Loop Line interchange with N&W (CN Cayuga Sub.)

  9. I’m glad you’re taking the time to share the considerable knowledge you have gained after all those years at CP, Ron. We of course do not answer each and every message you post, but the gang along with me I am sure appreciates the information very much. As for me, I would have totally forgotten this day out if I had not at least a couple of photos for memories, let alone recall what the train operations were.

  10. Know of anyone that wants to get rid of the crossing sign shown in this photo? :)

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