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An eventful Halloween of chasing the Goderich and Exeter subdivisions showcased the pinnacle of fall weather. Sun, rain and snow showers. With the temperature hovering around the freezing mark and a brisk wind blowing off Lake Huron GEXR had a "record" train length for the Exeter sub. After working Clinton and Hensall, the crew with RLK 2211 and LLPX 2236 headed south to the end of track with 17 cars for P&H in Centralia. Not a common practice to see that many cars destined for P&H at one time would result in some extra work for the crew to get the cars on the right end of the engine to spot, with the only available siding to run around the cars at a capacity of 9 car lengths. The crew would essentially have to run around the train twice, with a push-pull operation taking place in the middle of their moves. The longer siding onsite was taken out of service years ago and can been seen rusting in the weeds beside the old feed mill. Here the units are captured nosing out the north end of the "9 car siding" after making their final run around move to spot cars to the elevator. This part of the line has since been embargoed, with freights no longer running south of Exeter.
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Caption: An eventful Halloween of chasing the Goderich and Exeter subdivisions showcased the pinnacle of fall weather. Sun, rain and snow showers. With the temperature hovering around the freezing mark and a brisk wind blowing off Lake Huron GEXR had a "record" train length for the Exeter sub. After working Clinton and Hensall, the crew with RLK 2211 and LLPX 2236 headed south to the end of track with 17 cars for P&H in Centralia. Not a common practice to see that many cars destined for P&H at one time would result in some extra work for the crew to get the cars on the right end of the engine to spot, with the only available siding to run around the cars at a capacity of 9 car lengths. The crew would essentially have to run around the train twice, with a push-pull operation taking place in the middle of their moves. The longer siding onsite was taken out of service years ago and can been seen rusting in the weeds beside the old feed mill. Here the units are captured nosing out the north end of the "9 car siding" after making their final run around move to spot cars to the elevator. This part of the line has since been embargoed, with freights no longer running south of Exeter.

Photographer:
David Young [185] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/31/2009 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: LLPX 2236 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 433 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Centralia, GEXR Exeter Sub (search)
City/Town: Centralia (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Sometime in 2016, I’m pretty sure I’m the summer prior to the crops coming off.

  2. Was trying to look up when the line was embargoed, do you remember RLK?

  3. GEXR is better days!

    I remember that day well….Great shot Dave

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