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One of my most favourite shots! I know how lucky I have been to live my boyhood dream of being a locomotive engineer. I was blessed to have the biggest train layout to operate.
For me this shot captures the sights, sounds and smell of railroading at its best.
3021 departing Mac Yrd on the Halton outbound track while I follow an eastbound up to Jane St as it enters Mac Yrd on the Halton inbound . My train will wait for a better signal to enter the yard. I would hang up my throttle about a year after I took this shot. Not a day goes by that I don't miss being an engineer.
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Caption: One of my most favourite shots! I know how lucky I have been to live my boyhood dream of being a locomotive engineer. I was blessed to have the biggest train layout to operate.For me this shot captures the sights, sounds and smell of railroading at its best.3021 departing Mac Yrd on the Halton outbound track while I follow an eastbound up to Jane St as it enters Mac Yrd on the Halton inbound . My train will wait for a better signal to enter the yard. I would hang up my throttle about a year after I took this shot. Not a day goes by that I don't miss being an engineer.

Photographer:
ngineered4u [65] (more) (contact)
Date: 5/16/2016 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3021 (search)
Train Symbol: 435 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Halton (search)
City/Town: Vaughan (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Amazing capture! always great to see images from the hogger’s perspective!!

  2. I guess in your heart you will be an engineer for the rest of your life. It is amazing how many retired guys find out that the railroaders life, although tough, is everlasting.

  3. Thanks cp5756. Always willing to share this unique perspective.

    @AW..It is most definitely true. I will always be a locomotive engineer, even if I am not in that seat anymore.

  4. A very interesting view Phil! Thanks for sharing!
    Really liked your other recent photos also of the CP Heritage 7020 and the VIA Canadian!

    Anyhow I also had a quick question for you also this evening. Remember how some time ago you told me on here that you been on all the Brampton locals during your career with CN and down all the Brampton Spurs?
    Well with that, just wanted to ask if ‘The Glidden Industrial Lead’ seemed furmilur to you at all as this was the Brampton spur which branched off the Halton just before the Highway 410 overpass on the east side & then took a heading south, almost directly parallel to the highway 410 for about a km or so before eventually winding up in the old Bacardi Plant on Steels Ave?
    Spur went over 3 industrial roads, first 2 lane Blair dr industrial court which actually a double-tracked crossing as the lumber company on the west side of Blair had a spur going into their building, then there was 4 lane Glidden road (spur was originally named after this road I believe as well as the old Glidden Sun Chemical Plant off west dr which once had 2 Spurs branching off the lead & curving east to service it up until the very early 1990s I think) and finally there was 2 lane Finley rd industrial court which is the last industrial crossing this spur went across before the gates to Bacardi and from there Bacardi received their rail cars from CN from behind their building (as the plants main entrance was directly off of Steels Ave).
    Dose this lead right much of a bell to you and do you think you’ve ever been down it? (It’s LONG but disused and very heavily overgrown now).
    Graydon

  5. Hi Graydon, more than likely I have been on that lead many times. I used to have a book that contained all the sidings and customers that CN served in the South Western Ontario but i think its long lost now.

  6. Alrighty thank you very much for your reply Phil.
    Here is a link to a Brampton maps archive site I found and view you should see in the link (if it copies and pastes properly) is a Fall of 2005 satalight view from Finley rd right by the 410 and this is sure enough where the Glidden lead ended up as the gates to Bacardi are only about 100ft south of the Finley rd crossing.

    https://maps1.brampton.ca/mybrampton/

    So my main question to you was, if you are able to accurately visit the link & view the 2005 satalight view from Finley rd to see if you remember working the lead I show, the Brampton Bacardi Plant took tanker cars correct back when they used rail service (if you can remember)?
    If you look north from Finley road also, you should also be able to note the one other (now former) rail customer which has a left hand switch (with the switch points facing south towards Bacardi) and another spur track taking a slight northwest curve to service the Northwestern Buisness (from Finley rd) who looks to have had a railcar garage door (so would have received their cars directly in their building).
    If you can ever recall switching that customer also, happen to remember the exact railcars they got from CN back in the day? (tank cars, covered hoppers, gondolas etc)?

  7. Oops, don’t think the link completely pasted 100% to the way I hoped in the comment above as it dosent take us exactly to the 2005 view so I guess I can try again?
    https://maps1.brampton.ca/mybrampton/

    If it doesn’t work and just takes you to the main map page on Brampton in black & white then all you have to do is just click on the page + (5ft of the 7 at the top right) and from there you should be able to search any year really you want so all you have to put in 2005 and then a spring & fall of 2005 satalight option view should appear.

    If you havnt heard of this site, as someone like yourself who was interested enough in the past Halton Sub rail customer history in terms of even tracking it in all a book, you actually may enjoy exploring this site yourself sometime Phil (for whenever you had some free time).

    Brampton offers Spring & Fall satalight views from every year here going back to 2004. After 04, next available year is spring of 2002 and after that we can see spring of 2000. Then finally after 2000, next and last year we can view from this site is spring of 1994 and that’s the furthest we can go back here.

    Nevertheless just thought it may be a little bit of a interest to you

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