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CP 5523 leading a westbound around a curve just west of Woodstock on a frigid January 3, 1981
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Caption: CP 5523 leading a westbound through a curve west of Woodstock on a frigid January 3, 1981. While preparing to submit this image, I realized that although the slide was labeled Woodstock, I did not remember exactly where to locate it on the map. Railpictures.ca's map feature came to my rescue. Not only was I able to locate where it was taken but the image by James Gardiner http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=17571 is new enough (and mine old enough) to qualify for the Time Machine page. An amazing amount of vegetation has popped up.

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Date: 01/03/1981 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 5523 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Woodstock (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Nice. I just get to thinking we won’t go to the store for a bag of milk in miserable cold weather, but think nothing of freezing our (bleep)s off waiting for a train in same.

  2. Thanks for the comment about the cold. To be young again. I didn’t think of it when I posted the picture but according to a Wikipedia page, the very next day was the coldest temperature ever recorded at Pearson Airport (“The coldest temperature recorded at Toronto Pearson International Airport was −31.3 °C (−24.3 °F) on January 4, 1981, and the coldest windchill recorded was −44.7 on the same day.”). It wasn’t much warmer on the 3rd. We were in Toronto that night; I was shocked that the car started.

  3. Ah!! Super Freeze. That explains why my notebook has no photo entries between Dec 30/80 and Jan 9/81 !!! Too bloody cold !!! :o ) You had more ambition than I.

  4. Ahh, yet another for the time machine. Great show.

  5. Was this a sulphuric acid train ??

  6. To answer Mercer’s question, I believe that this was a sulfuric acid train.

  7. The train is overpowered for an acid train, so I guess they were moving power that was needed in Windsor or other points. Usual power for the 36 car acid was either 2 ‘big” units, or 3 “small units. If they were running the 54 car Courtright train (which this looks like), it was over tonnage for either of those 5100 ton rated consists mentioned, so usually drew 2 big & 1 small unit. Chatham acid trains were either run as turns out of London returning van hop,or could go thru to Windsor if any of: power, crews or vans were needed there.

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