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Funny what the winds of fate will blow your way. I was looking at Kevin Flood's photo last night from May 12th, 2007. A shot of a ground crew clearing the way for the approaching units. A nifty interaction of 2 crews.  Today when I went out to see what rail action I could find, I stopped in at the East Edmonton diamond. A good place to quickly check 2 railroads at once (actually 3 as Cando is also right there). Stopped right where he is in the photo was a CP (signal maintainer?) fellow, with the doors open on the silver cabinet to the right. Also at this time, the CN just finished switching AltaSteel. My thinking was, the CP fellow will finish up what he is doing and be on his way, then the CN will come down to get a signal to go back and couple onto their train. The opposite happened, after finishing and closing the doors, the CN came down while the CP truck waited. Producing this unusual meet between train and truck. Of interest in this photo, the 9454 has been re-trucked with leaf sprung Blombergs instead of the rubber sandwich ones as seen on the 4778. Back in my railroad days, when I worked the 2 relief job. We would be switching these industries on Mondays, including the Strathcona spur across south Edmonton. We headed out with a 13 hundred and it's lowly 1200hp. Not 7000hp of road diesel. Times have changed.  :-)  Photo taken @ 9:50.
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Caption: Funny what the winds of fate will blow your way. I was looking at Kevin Flood's photo last night from May 12th, 2007. A shot of a ground crew clearing the way for the approaching units. A nifty interaction of 2 crews.
Today when I went out to see what rail action I could find, I stopped in at the East Edmonton diamond. A good place to quickly check 2 railroads at once (actually 3 as Cando is also right there). Stopped right where he is in the photo was a CP (signal maintainer?) fellow, with the doors open on the silver cabinet to the right. Also at this time, the CN just finished switching AltaSteel. My thinking was, the CP fellow will finish up what he is doing and be on his way, then the CN will come down to get a signal to go back and couple onto their train. The opposite happened, after finishing and closing the doors, the CN came down while the CP truck waited. Producing this unusual meet between train and truck. Of interest in this photo, the 9454 has been re-trucked with leaf sprung Blombergs instead of the rubber sandwich ones as seen on the 4778. Back in my railroad days, when I worked the 2 relief job. We would be switching these industries on Mondays, including the Strathcona spur across south Edmonton. We headed out with a 13 hundred and it's lowly 1200hp. Not 7000hp of road diesel. Times have changed. :-)
Photo taken @ 9:50.

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L. Priest [146] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/14/2018 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4778 (search)
Train Symbol: Switch Crew (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Camrose Sub. (search)
City/Town: Edmonton (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Thank you BCR. :-)
    I’ve never taken any photos of the Scona job. I did see them switching once at the 86st grade crossing a couple of years ago. Didn’t have a camera with me.
    It’s nice having a job close to the tracks. My last job was on 99th street, right by the CP diesel shops. I was able to watch the units getting shuffled around from my office window. My biggest treat from that time was seeing a GP30 parked there, went over during lunch to get a closer look.

  2. Lance, great photos!! You’re in my stomping grounds, I work 2.5mins from where your standing! Did you ever take any photos from the Scona job?? One on my bucket list before the tracks are gone!!!

  3. Kind words. Mucho thanks!! You too !!

  4. Thanks Arnold. I certainly do appreciate your generous comment. I know from your amazing photos, the wind of fate has swirled its way into your camera. I wish the same success for all of you as you head trackside this summer. :-)

  5. Now THAT is certainly different. Really like it.

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