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Arguably the best angle in all of Parry Sound, one can view the entire town and miles surrounding from atop the old fire tower, now observation tower. Growing up seeing photographs of Canadian Pacific passenger and freight trains crossing this magnificent bridge in various Canadian railroading books I have always wanted to capture a photo of my own from this location. Although Canadian Pacific no longer runs the trains similar to those captured in Greg McDonnell's book 'Stand Fast, Craigellachie!', for instance, and southbound trains no longer run over this bridge (because of a Directional Running agreement), one can still occasionally get lucky if either CN or CP runs a lengthy train requiring DPU assistance. This is exactly what occurred in this photo, on a crisp July morning, a huge difference compared to the hot and hazy weather days prior. CN Q103 is seen soaring high above town on the Seguin River Trestle with a hotshot stack train for the west coast, leading the train nearly a mile away is CN 8896, in the middle of the train is 2114 and doing the honours on the rear is CNIC 2698. This train would have a straight shot to St. Cloud over the DRZ section of track in central/northern Ontario.
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Caption: Arguably the best angle in all of Parry Sound, one can view the entire town and miles surrounding from atop the old fire tower, now observation tower. Growing up seeing photographs of Canadian Pacific passenger and freight trains crossing this magnificent bridge in various Canadian railroading books I have always wanted to capture a photo of my own from this location. Although Canadian Pacific no longer runs the trains similar to those captured in Greg McDonnell's book 'Stand Fast, Craigellachie!', for instance, and southbound trains no longer run over this bridge (because of a Directional Running agreement), one can still occasionally get lucky if either CN or CP runs a lengthy train requiring DPU assistance. This is exactly what occurred in this photo, on a crisp July morning, a huge difference compared to the hot and hazy weather days prior. CN Q103 is seen soaring high above town on the Seguin River Trestle with a hotshot stack train for the west coast, leading the train nearly a mile away is CN 8896, in the middle of the train is 2114 and doing the honours on the rear is IC 2698. This train would have a straight shot to St. Cloud over the DRZ section of track in central/northern Ontario.

Photographer:
Ryan Gaynor [154] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/21/2013 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: IC 2698 (search)
Train Symbol: CN Q103 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Parry Sound, CP Parry Sound Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Parry Sound (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Awesome photo Ryan!

  2. No arguement; it’s the best angle. Fabulous shot, and it gives hope for more!

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