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Reversing down the 1.2?% grade of "The Hole" - three engines are used to provide extra braking power for this very short and heavy train. All operable and 'on hand' four axle units were put together for this movement, which dropped these D9R loads beside Pier 14.
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Caption: Reversing down the 1.2?% grade of "The Hole" - three engines are used to provide extra braking power for this very short and heavy train. All operable and 'on hand' four axle units were put together for this movement, which dropped these D9R loads beside Pier 14.

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Stephen C. Host [733] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/17/2017 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: RLK 4003, RLK 4001, RLHH 2081 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: "The Hole" (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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12 Comments
  1. yes Steve, i was tracking Fairlane yesterday on Vessel finder and she was slowly making her way through the harbour. Apparently headed to Montreal. Now only there was a locomotivefinder.com. ;)

  2. And Fairlane already gone, went by today. I could not go any other time, sigh. :)

  3. Stephen..The Fairlane is there now. https://www.vesselfinder.com/
    Thanks for the info.

  4. @Steve, the tail end tank car is empty from you guess it, AOC.

  5. The spacers are used to spread the weight of the loads across a greater area as opposed to having all the loads together which could have issues on the rail or a bridge or somewhere restricted by weight. The spacers usually are empty but not always. They have 3 because there are times that a load cannot be next to a locomotive and also the spacers and its easier to keep the spacers than have to switch them out. I assume the entire train was handed to CN at Georgetown exactly as you see it here.

  6. Thanks guys – that’s why some of you are in the cab and I’m on the bridge instead :)

    Brad MV Fairlane should be taking them in the next few days – it’s enroute to Hamilton and may arrive today or tomorrow.

    Phil 3 spacers. Curious is the spacer at the rear even needed? Seems redundant to me unless it’s really better than the flatcar to ride on..

  7. Great shot Stephen. Any idea what ship took the loads?

  8. Definitely not for braking, tonnage is just a little over 1800 ton, and those KRL flats have excellent brakes.

  9. :-) , its all good Stephen. They might have put the power together for the Hp? I can’t tell how many loads and spacers they had a hold of, but there also would have been air brakes used to control the grade so extra power would not be needed for braking purposes.

  10. I’ll let you running trade guys figure out why then :) I was led to believe he put these three together for the hill.

    Extra yes I love this location for a mid to late afternoon shot it’s perfect. The CN mainline is just to the right too so it’s good in many ways :)

  11. Great photo mister. I am not sure the extra units were there for the “braking power” but it sure makes for a great photo

  12. An excellent angle to have caught this movement Steve.

    Darn, this is the second time lately typing in a comment and forgetting to hit the “Post Comment” button. Fixed now. :-)

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