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Taken almost one year ago, RLHH 3049 and RLHH 3404 lead SOR train 597 through Hagersville on a cloudy evening.  It doesn't seem like a year ago, looking back right now...but at this time last year early evening SOR trains were common enough to allow me to photograph them a handful of times between Garnet and Brantford.
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Caption: Taken almost one year ago, RLHH 3049 and RLHH 3404 lead SOR train 597 through Hagersville on a cloudy evening. It doesn't seem like a year ago, looking back right now...but at this time last year early evening SOR trains were common enough to allow me to photograph them a handful of times between Garnet and Brantford.

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Joseph Bishop [472] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/21/2016 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: RLHH 3049 (search)
Train Symbol: RLHH 597 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Hagersville Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Hagersville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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15 Comments
  1. Joe, I agree, RLHH has been running some long trains lately. 597 was so long on Saturday that they had to cut the train for the Concession 9 crossing when they tied up at Garnet!

  2. At a point long ago in time….you’d be able to catch the CN trains crossing the diamond of the CASO. Great photo from the other ‘end’ Joseph. That old 40′ boxcar marks where the former CN Staton used to stand. The former MC station us just beyond decorated in the ugly yellow siding.

  3. I’ve also noted that 597 returning from Brantford is much larger too. Largest I have witnessed is 87 cars. 435 set off 75 the other day in Brantford, majority for the RLHH

  4. Great news Rob :)

  5. It’s like Steve knows the future! I was surprised to see a half-dozen or so CN coil steel cars on the tail end of 595 yesterday. It’s nice to see cars going to Stelco. Hopefully more to come.

  6. Thanks Joe. Jacob, Ironically, due to Nanticoke being partially shut down traffic is much busier this year than last (average 60 cars/train now, last year about 20 to 30 cars)

    And think of both jobs as a conveyor belt – when the days’s job ends, 595 parks safely and 597 is tasked with picking up where they left off. Then 597 has to make Paris and back on time, and if they don’t, park on the main somewhere and let 595 pick up where they left off.. and it continues from there and any delays continue to add up until they can catch up.

    Last year there was plenty of time due to short trains and 595 would be done around 1700… in the yard at Garnet.

    If Stelco decides to ship more by rail, it’s going to really put a crimp in the current plan and I’d predict they have to add another job to take care of it all, but until then…. it seems to be working.

  7. Steve 593/594 are your ESSO jobs.

    Jacob, 597 is ordered for 1900 but lately the train leaves from Nanticoke and isn’t on the road until 2100 or later. Last week at 21:15 they were still parked and no crew in sight.

  8. So if 597 is ordered at 1900 would it not be possible to shoot between Garnet and Caledonia? Or do they make up their train at Garnet and depart later?

  9. Rob, Thanks, a morning brain fart. I’ll correct it.

  10. SOR Garnet/Hagersville has four daily assignments, and to the best of my knowledge:

    595 – Daily Garnet switcher (Runs between Garnet, Imperial Oil, and Stelco and other Customers as needed). Ordered about 1000 at Garnet daily.

    597 – Garnet to Paris turn. Ordered at 1900, daily.

    598? – Imperial Oil switcher – twice/daily – note this yard job also covers Hamilton assignments or vice versa as needed. The morning job will grab cars handed off from 595 after 595 leaves the yard (Early afternoon) but basically spends most of it’s time switching the Imperial compound with a single unit.

    There are extras as required, but they are quite rare out of Garnet.

    The Ingenia turn is a Hamilton assignment using Hamilton crews. Corrections welcome.

  11. Steve, Garnet – Nanticoke, not Garnet – Hagersville. Show up at Garnet around noon and they should be switching there (I was there yesterday!) Early to mid-afternoon they’ll head to Nanticoke, so you can get a shot or two of them on the road in nice light.

  12. Exactly. And if you go between Garnet and Nanticoke you can get nice sunny shots any day of the week. (7 days a week)

  13. Looks like a warm day with the front door open. The 3049 also has my favourite snow shield over the back door. With a high brake wheel and remnants of a running board that seems to be a 40′ box car in the distance. Thumbs up for this photo Joseph. :-)

  14. You would have to go to Garnet mid day and follow them down to Nanticoke. There are shots of that in my profile somewhere. They don’t tend to run between Garnet and Brantford in daylight often.

  15. So where, if at all, is it possible to shoot daylight SOR other than Hamilton?

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