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Every Wednesday, after VIA 72 departed the station, CN 580 would leave the yard to go serve the Burford Spur.  I spent many lunch hours standing at the corner of Colborne Street and Clarence Street watching the show as 580 slowly made its way along Clarence Street.  The traffic control signal at Colborne Street is manually operated by a crew member to stop vehicular traffic on both Clarence Street and Colborne Street.  The mid-block signal on Clarence Street was always green unless a train was crossing.  A traffic signal that only turns red twice a week was often missed by northbound motorists, leading to some entertaining circumstances when the vehicles got up to Colborne Street, facing a red signal and southbound train with nowhere to go.  I miss those days.  The spur is now owned by the last customer on the line, Ingenia Polymers, and contracted out to Allied Track Services who operates the spur using a trackmobile.
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Caption: Every Wednesday, after VIA 72 departed the station, CN 580 would leave the yard to go serve the Burford Spur. I spent many lunch hours standing at the corner of Colborne Street and Clarence Street watching the show as 580 slowly made its way along Clarence Street. The traffic control signal at Colborne Street is manually operated by a crew member to stop vehicular traffic on both Clarence Street and Colborne Street. The mid-block signal on Clarence Street was always green unless a train was crossing. A traffic signal that only turns red twice a week was often missed by northbound motorists, leading to some entertaining circumstances when the vehicles got up to Colborne Street, facing a red signal and southbound train with nowhere to go. I miss those days. The spur is now owned by the last customer on the line, Ingenia Polymers, and contracted out to Allied Track Services who operates the spur using a trackmobile.

Photographer:
Rob Smith [327] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/24/2014 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4707 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 580 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Burford Spur (search)
City/Town: Brantford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Sure hope Ingenia ends up getting the right tool for the job, a locomotive! But i imagine the line will get ripped up before that would ever happen

  2. Never say never, Aaron. Ingenia has put a lot of money into fixing the Burford Spur over the last few years…new crossings, track panels, ballast in a few spots.

  3. Very nice photo !

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