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It took me long enough to get some GEXR pictures, but it finally happened. GEXR 431 had arrived from Mac Yard around 5pm at Kitchener Yard. The crew ran out of hours and tied down, and the relief crew arrived at around 6:30pm, having the train ready to shortly afterwards. However, since GO now owns the line as far as Park Street in Kitchener (where I'm standing), 431 was forced to wait for both GO trains and Via 87. Due to the enormous amount of construction going on at King Street for the new LRT, the GO yard switch was relocated to the west end of the yard. This means GO trains now have to pull up a few car lengths past Strange Street, and back in. Nonetheless, GO trains will soon be able to use the new much larger yard east of Kitchener station, making this scene no longer possible. In case you are wondering why there is a ridiculous light reflection on the building in the distance, ask Google, as they designed the windows that way.

After holding for over an hour, GEXR 431 is finally on the way to Stratford with a string of empty salt hoppers for docks at Goderich. Tunnel motor 3054 is trailing (unfortunately not leading). Not sure where the rumours stand on 3054 leaving, however, it is still pumping it out for now.
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Caption: It took me long enough to get some GEXR pictures, but it finally happened. GEXR 431 had arrived from Mac Yard around 5pm at Kitchener Yard. The crew ran out of hours and tied down, and the relief crew arrived at around 6:30pm, having the train ready to shortly afterwards. However, since GO now owns the line as far as Park Street in Kitchener (where I'm standing), 518 (the train’s new number) was forced to wait for both GO trains and Via 87. Due to the enormous amount of construction going on at King Street for the new LRT, the GO yard switch was relocated to the west end of the yard. This means GO trains now have to pull up a few car lengths past Strange Street, and back in. Nonetheless, GO trains will soon be able to use the new much larger yard east of Kitchener station, making this scene no longer possible. In case you are wondering why there is a ridiculous light reflection on the building in the distance, ask Google, as they designed the windows that way.

After holding for over an hour, GEXR 518 is finally on the way to Stratford with a string of empty salt hoppers for docks at Goderich. Tunnel motor 3054 is trailing (unfortunately not leading). Not sure where the rumours stand on 3054 leaving, however, it is still pumping it out for now.

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Daniel Odette [132] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/04/2016 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: GEXR 3394 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 518 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 63.4 GO Guelph Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Kitchener (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. :)

  2. Goodness… GEXR’s train numbers are more confusing than CN’s new Niagara train numbers!

  3. That’s actually GEXR 516 that relieved 431 that evening.

    433 train symbol is still used, usually by an extra

  4. Daniel, once 3393 is back in service…. it’s likely to happen. It’s not in service, hence 3054 is still around :)

    Also that would be 518 not 431.. since 431 crew died at Kitchener. This is a very typical move, a couple times a week, 431 needs a relief crew.

    You should have heard 584 on-duty also around 1800, unless they were the ones performing the rescue..

    A year ago 433 would have performed the rescue, but this job is abolished now.

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