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Sometimes the planets really do align. 254 went down the hill into the CTC, 247 got an "after" clearance, then 435 was done with its work at Aldershot and was told to "blast off." With as much train and as little power, the crew remarked that there would be no blasting. 2446 and 2124 were labouring to get the train going, the 4705 was just along for the ride. Amidst the leaf free winter forest, we saw headlights. Then we saw headlights again. "Wait," we said, "are those two sets of headlights? There's no way this is happening." And then it happened. CP 8743 and 8034, labouring themselves to get CP 247 moving after having waited for 254 to clear Desjardins, passed over 435 which was absolutely struggling to keep moving. Neither train would have been doing more than 15 miles an hour, and this was definitely to our benefit. An excellent turn of events to cap off 2020. All the best for 2021!
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Caption: Sometimes the planets really do align. 254 went down the hill into the CTC, 247 got an "after" clearance, then 435 was done with its work at Aldershot and was told to "blast off." With as much train and as little power, the crew remarked that there would be no blasting. 2446 and 2124 were labouring to get the train going, the 4705 was just along for the ride. Amidst the leaf free winter forest, we saw headlights. Then we saw headlights again. "Wait," we said, "are those two sets of headlights? There's no way this is happening." And then it happened. CP 8743 and 8034, labouring themselves to get CP 247 moving after having waited for 254 to clear Desjardins, passed over 435 which was absolutely struggling to keep moving. Neither train would have been doing more than 15 miles an hour, and this was definitely to our benefit. An excellent turn of events to cap off 2020. All the best for 2021!

Photographer:
David Vincent [79] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/31/2020 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2446 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 435 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Bayview (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. That’s brilliant. Well done!!

  2. Amazing! Great catch!

  3. Neat scene. Timing is everything.

  4. What a nice way to end the year David ! Great to see two “ older” paint schemes, and a CN “2400” to boot. The noise from these struggling units must have exhilarating. Slow speed sometimes has its advantages. Happy New year, John

  5. Classic over and under! Very nice.

  6. 247 was max tonnage. I was asked by a CP guy here if they made the hill haha. I figured no news was good news for something like that.

  7. must of packed some horseshoes!! amazing capture

  8. Max tonnage, not enough power, too much train! These are all too common!

  9. Excellent Shot Mr Vincent

  10. Just awesome.

  11. I could have stood there until I rooted before I saw something like that.

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