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Even the locals are a bit awe-struck as CN's "Nanticoke" steel train rumbles up the middle of Ferguson Ave.N. in downtown Hamilton on its way up the hill thru Rymal, Caledonia, Hagersville and Garnet to the destination at the big steel facility on Lake Erie, about a 36 mile trip.
Power this day is CN 9169, 9196, 9172 with a rather short train. Caboose at each end so power can run around train upon return.
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Caption: Even the locals are a bit awe-struck as CN's "Nanticoke" steel train rumbles up the middle of Ferguson Ave.N. in downtown Hamilton on its way up the hill thru Rymal, Caledonia, Hagersville and Garnet to the destination at the big steel facility on Lake Erie, about a 36 mile trip. Power this day is CN 9169, 9196, 9172 with a rather short train. Caboose at each end so power can run around train upon return.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [866] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/07/1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN (search)
Train Symbol: #725 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Hagersville Sub. (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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16 Comments
  1. After abandonment thru downtown Hamilton the hagersville and dunnville were combined and the remaining hagersville was downgraded to the rymal spur.

    Boy arnold, 55 stars. This photo will break the internet soon :)

  2. Thats a query that needs an answer from a CN guy, Todd……I thought it was Rymal up to mile 6.0 but wasn’t sure, so called it Hagersville.

  3. Wasn’t this stretch known as the Rymal Subdivision from Hamilton to Caledonia, then turned into the Hagersville Sub.?

  4. Yes they backed out of the yard and went up thru Dundas. I’ll scan that slide later. The street running was the reason for making the trip and I didn’t get back before they stopped. I wasn’t often by myself on trips that far so didn’t worry too much about the natives. But there are parts of Cleveland I don’t drive through even if I’m not looking to stop for a picture.

  5. So it went up thru Dundas? That would have been a downer. I suspect not many tried downtown Hamilton for a shot because it sure wasn’t as easy as it looks. Train left usually in the rush hour; no place to park; people looking at you like you’re half baked, standing out on the sidewalk with cameras and tripod; and of course asking what was so special about THIS particular train…..followed by the lowerlife looking for money to head to the hotel. And so on it went…….:o) I was glad to get out. Maybe I was just overly sensitive to the big city. Now I stay clear of most all of them.

  6. Great shot, that was great while it lasted. My excuse is that the only day I tried, they chose to go up the hill the other way. Glad you got it.

  7. Thanks for that, M. Host. I can’t believe it myself. Mucho thanks to all those who chose this as a ‘favourite’. Very appreciated.

  8. Congrats on hitting 40 Arnold. Pretty soon all this page will be is stars.

  9. Hahahahaha…….expressed in the manner of a true foamer. Guess a lollipop won’t help ya?

  10. Pardon me while curl up into the fetal position on the floor and begin sobbing while I suck my thumb.

  11. My buddy use to live in one of the houses that lined the one side of the street on Ferguson Ave. on that long bend off the main line. I loved sitting on the very small front pourch they had.

  12. I like your street running picture Arnold!

  13. My thoughts exactly Mr. Smith… except I was not born yet. It would of been amazing to see the booming rail industry that is no longer what it once was in southern Ontario!

  14. To rsmith:
    Excuse is not valid. You only had half day classes back then.

  15. Here is the other Ferguson Ave shot (at present) found on rp.ca:

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=4864

  16. How I wish I could have seen this! Too bad I had kindergarten class that day…

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