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A fitting photo as my train 570 climbs through the mist on its way back to Macmillan Yard.

The photo also describes my feeling today as it is my last day as a locomotive engineer for CN after 36 years with the company. I will still be an engineer but will run off my last miles at VIA Rail.

I have seen many changes over the years, some good and some not so good, but I will always consider myself blessed to have worked a job that I have wanted since I was 10 yrs old. How lucky am I? 

I hope to see you guys track side doing what you love, photographing railroads!

FYI I will be on my last train today, a 570 running from Mac Yrd to Aldershot and return. So if the rains hold off hope to see you out there so I can give one last blast of the horn.  570 is ordered at Mac for 1400.
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Caption: A fitting photo as my train 570 climbs through the mist on its way back to Macmillan Yard. The photo also describes my feeling today as it is my last day as a locomotive engineer for CN after 36 years with the company. I will still be an engineer but will run off my last miles at VIA Rail. I have seen many changes over the years, some good and some not so good, but I will always consider myself blessed to have worked a job that I have wanted since I was 10 yrs old. How lucky am I? I hope to see you guys track side doing what you love, photographing railroads! FYI I will be on my last train today, a 570 running from Mac Yrd to Aldershot and return. So if the rains hold off hope to see you out there so I can give one last blast of the horn. 570 is ordered at Mac for 1400.

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Phil Hall [39] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/02/2016 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: 570 (search)
Train Symbol: 570 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: York (search)
City/Town: Scarborough (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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16 Comments
  1. All the best to a fellow railroader TOOT TOOT!!

  2. Thx RLK, its appreciated!

  3. Nice shot! Congrats!

  4. Congrats brother, all the best.

  5. Congrats Phil!

  6. @CLee Thank you sir..I am honoured that you made this comment, its appreciated. I am hoping I will be seeing many railfans around. My trains won’t be as awesome as those big frieghts, but still worthy of a picture or two :-)

  7. @Peter. Thanks Peter, yes I feel blessed to have had 36 yrs at a job I love and am passionate about.

  8. @MrDan, Thanks very much. Not retired yet, just from the freight trains, which i will miss more than most can ever know.

  9. A wonderful image… and Congratulations on 36 years – that’s Awesome! It is so cool that you found a rewarding and enjoyable career. I wish you many safe and enjoyable miles at Via, Sir!

  10. Happy CN retirement Phil!

  11. Hi Phil—sorry I missed you today at Aldershot.I was there until 6:15 but had to leave.I’ll be looking for you on those VIA trains.All the best.

  12. Love the shot! Congrats on your retirement Phil! Enjoy those last miles.

  13. Awesome shot! All the best to you!

  14. I don’t comment often, this is the second time, but you deserve it. Congratulations and best of luck to you at VIA. I’ll see you around, I’m sure.

  15. Great shot! and congratulations!

  16. I saw a video on Facebook of someone who got you at Bramalea GO station this afternoon. It would’ve been cool to get you on your final trip. CN had some friendly crews yesterday when I was at Georgetown. Congrats ! Happy Retirement sir !

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