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While Trillium's 1859 may be a black dip locomotive and rather lifeless in terms of it's paint scheme, it sure beats the leaser invasion that's coming around to most Shortlines as they replace older motive power. I'm dismayed to see more and more of them invading just about every shortline out there if you consider the numerous roads in the US. Many more are coming too.. so imagine my relief when I didn't see GMTX 333 and instead this old girl working in St. Catharines. I'm glad that the MLW's on Trillium are here to stay and the nasty rumours I heard late last year did not come to pass - railfan rumours can be vicious and I really only believe them when it actually happens. For the record, dropping by the shops over the weekend, Trillium has 1859, 108 and GMTX 333 in active service. Trillium 3582, which was seen in rotation in 2016 is now with the deadline with boarded up side windows. Curious, what happened to the ACR passenger cars that were stored on the line?
After finding this old girl I followed it and their crew to Merriton capturing standard photographs all along the way, but then this scene caught my eye, and I set up for a quick photo and this feller walking by actually took notice of the train. I'd like to think it's mostly a Railfan and young kid type thing, but there seems to be more train people out there than we give credit for.
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Caption: While Trillium's 1859 may be a black dip locomotive and rather lifeless in terms of it's paint scheme, it sure beats the leaser invasion that's coming around to most Shortlines as they replace older motive power. I'm dismayed to see more and more of them invading just about every shortline out there if you consider the numerous roads in the US. Many more are coming too.. so imagine my relief when I didn't see GMTX 333 and instead this old girl working in St. Catharines. I'm glad that the MLW's on Trillium are here to stay and the nasty rumours I heard late last year did not come to pass - railfan rumours can be vicious and I really only believe them when it actually happens. For the record, dropping by the shops over the weekend, Trillium has 1859, 108 and GMTX 333 in active service. Trillium 3582, which was seen in rotation in 2016 is now with the deadline with boarded up side windows. Curious, what happened to the ACR passenger cars that were stored on the line?

After finding this old girl I followed it and their crew to Merriton capturing standard photographs all along the way, but then this scene caught my eye, and I set up for a quick photo and this feller walking by actually took notice of the train. I'd like to think it's mostly a Railfan and young kid type thing, but there seems to be more train people out there than we give credit for.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [744] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/21/2017 (search)
Railway: Trillium Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: TRRY 1859 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Merriton (search)
City/Town: Merriton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. The guy is clearly admiring the lilac bush, cursing that ugly black train for interrupting his brief moment of piece and serenity.

  2. Thanks – Traction motors are easily replaced Daniel, it’s when the prime mover is involved… then you have a real issue.

  3. Steve’s hair isn’t that dark anymore, Snake!

  4. 1859 lived through a recent failure of some sort too, in which it stayed at Merritton for over a week, and was towed back to Welland by 108. From my understanding, it was a rear traction motor failure. Whatever they did, Trillium had it running the next week after it was towed back to Welland. Time will catch up on it eventually though, and when it does, hopefully it gets a nice home at a museum.

    I really like this angle. The thing I notice most is how it accentuates that Merritton is not a flat area. The grade from Seaway to Clifton ranges between 0.7 to 1.6%, and the Thorold grade is a consistent 1.6%. On 421′s really long days, it takes over half an hour to get from Seaway to Clifton, only 6 miles.

  5. I own the water company.

  6. We’ll know it when we go thru a 3 month drought and he still posts big (bleep)in’ puddle pics.

  7. Arnold..thats Steve..he used a wireless clicker ya know. He is big into props..he has his own prop company…..props 4 pix.

  8. The passer-by makes this shot complete. You got some luck along with ingenuity this day.

  9. Last time I saw them, the ACR cars were parked out on the old Cayuga Sub, out by Feeder.

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