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Twenty years prior, a report of a single CN Dash 8-40CM lugging 431 across the Guelph Subdivision would have set the railfan community abuzz....flash forward two decades later it actually still did. While technology, with the internet and cell phones and text messages are now able to give fans plenty of warning, the CN Dash 8-40CM's find themselves on the other end of the technological spectrum as they log their last miles facing somewhat of an uncertain future. Here, X431 has been led into Kitchener with 2427 making easy work of the Guelph Subdivision with a long train of hoppers it has just uncoupled from. 

Additional notes from the day..

During the night of February 10, 2018, CN A431 with 9675 and 9482 had a long and heavy train when it departed MacMillan yard in Toronto. Once on the Guelph Subdivision, the Niagara Escarpment grade proved too powerful for the two four-axle units. The train retreated back to (Silver) Georgetown and set-off the majority of its Stratford cars before trying another run at the grade. Eventually the units made it over and then go on to set-off 39 cars in Guelph before finally arriving in Kitchener after sunrise. The train then tied-down in Kitchener and CN would order an X431 to lift the cars left on the Halton Subdivision by A431 and bring them the remaining distance to Kitchener.
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Caption: Twenty years prior, a report of a single CN Dash 8-40CM lugging 431 across the Guelph Subdivision would have set the railfan community abuzz....flash forward two decades later it actually still did. While technology, with the internet and cell phones and text messages are now able to give fans plenty of warning, the CN Dash 8-40CM's find themselves on the other end of the technological spectrum as they log their last miles facing somewhat of an uncertain future. Here, X431 has been led into Kitchener with 2427 making easy work of the Guelph Subdivision with a long train of hoppers it has just uncoupled from. Additional notes from the day.. During the night of February 10, 2018, CN A431 with 9675 and 9482 had a long and heavy train when it departed MacMillan yard in Toronto. Once on the Guelph Subdivision, the Niagara Escarpment grade proved too powerful for the two four-axle units. The train retreated back to (Silver) Georgetown and set-off the majority of its Stratford cars before trying another run at the grade. Eventually the units made it over and then go on to set-off 39 cars in Guelph before finally arriving in Kitchener after sunrise. The train then tied-down in Kitchener and CN would order an X431 to lift the cars left on the Halton Subdivision by A431 and bring them the remaining distance to Kitchener.

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Jason Noe [450] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/10/2019 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2427 (search)
Train Symbol: X431 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Guelph Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Kitchener (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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