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For reasons that I was never able to determine, trains running up and back to Fort McMurray were way off their normal patterns lately. Here we have a Muskeg Mixed returning home on a Thursday at 16:15 in the afternoon. Very unusual. To add to that they only have Baggage car 7857 on the tailend, no coach and they also have caboose 79508, not 79101 which is normally assigned to this train. The 4266, 4253 and 4247 are heading up tonight's train. A thunderstorm has just passed leaving the countryside fresh and green. The sky to the west is completely clear with the sun not quite out of the clouds which gives this scene its interesting illumination.
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Caption: For reasons that I was never able to determine, trains running up and back to Fort McMurray were way off their normal patterns lately. Here we have a Muskeg Mixed returning home on a Thursday at 16:15 in the afternoon. Very unusual. To add to that they only have Baggage car 7857 on the tailend, no coach and they also have caboose 79508, not 79101 which is normally assigned to this train. The 4266, 4253 and 4247 are heading up tonight's train. A thunderstorm has just passed leaving the countryside fresh and green. The sky to the west is completely clear with the sun not quite out of the clouds which gives this scene its interesting illumination.

Photographer:
L. Priest [86] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/18/1985 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4266 (search)
Train Symbol: Muskeg Mixed (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Redwater (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Thanks fellows. :-)
    You are correct 4u. Usually saw them more on the main line, not so much on these backwoods branches. I’m sure when the tracks head north of Lac La Biche, all they will be lighting up is a never ending tunnel of trees, with few roads until you get closer to Ft.Mac. Although that has changed considerably since this time, but so has the power.

  2. The ditchlights are actually portable. They plug into the MU receptacle. Not so common anymore but they did use them when a unit not equipped with ditchlights had to lead.

  3. Beautiful shot, ol’ Bean!!

  4. Very dramatic, I enjoy this

  5. Thanks Marcus. :-)
    Several odd things going on, engines all headed the same direction, another is they are all 4200′s (numbers quite close together too), typically a forty three hundred would have been part of the mix.

  6. Beautiful shot, love the ditchlight location :)

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