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Starting into only the second week of the Nanticoke Steel train running over the TH&B down to Lake Erie (rather than over CN), we see B&O 4801, C&O 3885 and 4828 the power this time around. The train is just entering the Old Hwy 99 crossing. It is only about 1500 hours, a great day for following this train yet hardly anyone around. Today this is part of the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail. A wash-out in Brantford a long time back spelt the demise of this line.
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Caption: Starting into only the second week of the Nanticoke Steel train running over the TH&B down to Lake Erie (rather than over CN), we see B&O 4801, C&O 3885 and 4828 the power this time around. The train is just entering the Old Hwy 99 crossing. It is only about 1500 hours, a great day for following this train yet hardly anyone around. Today this is part of the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail. A wash-out in Brantford a long time back spelt the demise of this line.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [946] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/14/1983 (search)
Railway: Chessie System (search)
Reporting Marks: B&O 4801 (search)
Train Symbol: 'Nanticoke' (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Waterford Sub (search)
City/Town: Copetown (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Just before the cut off to Inksetter Rd there is a turn left (if driving west) marked “Old Hwy 99″. The crossing is almost within sight of the corner. However, it has undergone remarkable transformation since this photo was taken, and all that is recognizable is the row of posts and a modern “Trail” sign where the old RR sign used to be.

  2. So this is east of Copetown? I used to travel on old Highway 99 but can’t place the crossing. Someone on one of the Highway forums on Yahoo Groups thought Highway 99 was given that number in honour of Gretzky. No, it had that number long before Wayne was born.

  3. Again, thanks. Next time up by Copetown just take a sec and turn down a hundred feet off Governors Rd onto Old Hwy 99 and try and duplicate this location. Unbelievable change over the years. Sure, the passage of time is interesting..but this spot is only recognizable by the road.

  4. I’m sorry to hear that, in fact, I’m mortified! How will I get my Mooney Fix !!

    Hopefully it means better things for your eyes. Wishing you the best Arnold!

  5. Thanks Steve. You should have a chance.Today I found out I have to go for emergency eye surgery and will be out of commission for awhile. No driving for 2 months either. So start posting your goodies. :o )

  6. #900! Congrats Arnold. I have to catch up to you :)

  7. Thanks, Rob; and thanks guys for complimentary offerings. I have always liked this image, just because it reminds me of a really entertaining day way back then. This chase was what railfanning was all about. So this morning I drove up to this location to compare it with 34 years ago. Foliage has taken over. There is nothing to be seen but the road, the posts, and trees. I’ll go back in the winter……..the house in the photo is still back in there.

  8. Nice job on #900 sir.

  9. Very nice Arnold.

  10. For the record the wash-out was in 1986. The slope continues to slide towards the Grand River to this day.

  11. Awesome!

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