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NYC NY4 was always identifiable by the stock cars at the head end.  Here, GP30 2193 is leading 3 GE U25B's as the train rounds the curve under the wooden farm bridge at Clanbrassil on the old Michigan Central.
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Caption: NYC NY4 was always identifiable by the stock cars at the head end. Here, GP30 2193 is leading 3 GE U25B's as the train rounds the curve under the wooden farm bridge at Clanbrassil on the old Michigan Central.

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Dave Burroughs [127] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/1968 (search)
Railway: New York Central (search)
Reporting Marks: NYC 2193 (search)
Train Symbol: NY4 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CASO Sub (search)
City/Town: Clanbrassil (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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17 Comments
  1. Awesome Dave! From my stomping ground, I’d love to see what else you have!

  2. Geez, tell-tales, wood bridges and GP30′s. Oh, and the NYC. Does it get any better than this?

  3. Love this shot! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  4. Ryan. Let’s go. I have a time machine. ok? :) Love this location. I’d be here like white on rice…

    Crazy to think the last train was in 2001 or so…

  5. What a lashup, and what’s the head end freight? Nice catch.

  6. Stock cars Ryan. Cows or sheep. Not sure.

  7. Fantastic scene!

  8. Why does it seem that the NYC conductors always have a checkered hat? :)

  9. Fantastic!!

  10. Dave, I’m just browsing these Clanbrasil shots, really nice thanks !! I know Reg spent a lot of time here. But this wooden bridge, its just a farm lane ??? Or is it the first north/south county road west of the river??

    To answer a previous inquiry – the stock cars would be hogs or beef. Usually there would be 1 car of hogs for Kowalski that got setoff in Niagara Falls NY. NY4 was a pleasant smelling movement…

  11. Bruce,
    Yes, it was Reg who put me onto this place. That was definitely a farm bridge. I drove my car through the fields to get to it. Only did that a couple of times then I walked in.
    As you say, NY4 definitely was aromatic.

  12. Haha – so what did you do after taking the shot? walk away to avoid the small or?? :)

  13. Stephen, you always took your pics from the up-wind side of the train.

  14. Thanks, now I have a better idea where you took these. Between the Grand River and a few miles east of Hagersville, there were some ‘S’ curves and such, plus the gradient was all downhill to the east.

  15. I am astonished whenever I see photos like this ..that the CASO is almost entirely gone now. In this particular photo you will notice the head end brakeman inspecting the train, holding his cap so as not to lose it. That’s the way I was taught to railroad too, frequent train inspection on curves from front & rear of the train. Another great photo Dave, thanks for recording it for posterity.

  16. Clinton, the Conductor would have been back in the van or caboose. When this photo was taken, there would have been an engineer & head end brakeman in the loco cab, and a conductor & tail end brakeman in the caboose. There might even have been a fireman in the loco too, they were a holdover from steam days and disappeared through attrition as the were promoted to engineer by seniority.

  17. Ron, thanks for the insightful comments.

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