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As discussed in my last photo, after shooting  CN 550  I heard SOR call to head down the N&NW Spur so I set up for a shot I've had in mind for a while. You don't exactly know where the SOR is going to go, for example, they could work the Bunge leads instead, but once I heard "RLK 4001 clear on the approach to Irondale" I knew I made the right choice.
Irondale is a curiosity as this location has a long railway history. This location had long ago been a CNR/TH&B interchange point for the Radial and was a stop on the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway. The Hamilton Street Railway also continued to interchange cars here for CNR/TH&B for Firestone until the late 1940's and the name Irondale has stuck to this day as a result. The diamond and signalled crossing is for a CP industrial lead crossing the SOR (CN owned) N&NW spur mainline. For more on Hamilton's interurbans, see this  Andrew Merrilee's article from approx 1950. 
After this I went back to see what CP was up to, and they were lifting a loooong cut of cars at NSC - which is usually the last thing they do before heading back to the yard. So I scoped out a shot and found something new to me. Next photo.
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Caption: As discussed in my last photo, after shooting CN 550 I heard SOR call to head down the N&NW Spur so I set up for a shot I've had in mind for a while. You don't exactly know where the SOR is going to go, for example, they could work the Bunge leads instead, but once I heard "RLK 4001 clear on the approach to Irondale" I knew I made the right choice.

Irondale is a curiosity as this location has a long railway history. This location had long ago been a CNR/TH&B interchange point for the Radial and was a stop on the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway. The Hamilton Street Railway also continued to interchange cars here for CNR/TH&B for Firestone until the late 1940's and the name Irondale has stuck to this day as a result. The diamond and signalled crossing is for a CP industrial lead crossing the SOR (CN owned) N&NW spur mainline. For more on Hamilton's interurbans, see this Andrew Merrilee's article from approx 1950.

After this I went back to see what CP was up to, and they were lifting a loooong cut of cars at NSC - which is usually the last thing they do before heading back to the yard. So I scoped out a shot and found something new to me. Next photo.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [867] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/28/2018 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: RLK 4001 (search)
Train Symbol: 0800 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Irondale, N&NW Spur (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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