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A cool shot on a bitterly cold day finds CP westbound time freight 917 with 5750- QNSL 208 (being purchased by CP) making a small setoff at Chatham.
There was an expression used by C&O workers, that on cold winter days when the snow is dry, it " runs " as the wind pushes it from one place to another. This was in reference to otherwise flat terrain where the snow would 'run' and accumulate to the lee of a hedgerow or a stand of trees. Such is the case on this bright morning, as 917 appears to be moving at track speed. In fact, the head-end man has made the cut on the Chatham cars and they are pulling ahead to clear the plant, in order to get the rail & signal to shove the cars into the yard. The caboose was probably being changed out for the Chatham-based roadswitcher.
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Caption: A cool shot on a bitterly cold day finds CP westbound time freight 917 with 5750- QNSL 208 (being purchased by CP) making a small setoff at Chatham. There was an expression used by C&O workers, that on cold winter days when the snow is dry, it " runs " as the wind pushes it from one place to another. This was in reference to otherwise flat terrain where the snow would 'run' and accumulate to the lee of a hedgerow or a stand of trees. Such is the case on this bright morning, as 917 appears to be moving at track speed. In fact, the head-end man has made the cut on the Chatham cars and they are pulling ahead to clear the plant, in order to get the rail & signal to shove the cars into the yard. The caboose was probably being changed out for the Chatham-based roadswitcher.

Photographer:
Bruce Mercer [97] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/5/1985 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 5750 (search)
Train Symbol: 917 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CPR Windsor Sub (search)
City/Town: Chatham (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Yes it’s still there. Lots has changed in the East end of town though, no diamond on the CN or CP, and the old C&O yard is tagged and spiked O.O.S. CP also no longer uses the yard for any setoffs or lifts unless a train is simply too big to yard in Walkerville, they’ll drop a few cars and the next train will generally pick them up.

  2. Very nice. I still miss Chatham, been a decade since I’ve been back. Not much has changed other than the Tower being removed, and the C&O/CSX but Track’s still there..

    Anyone know if the Cantilever signal still stands?

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