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For me, this image is powerfully nostalgic.  For it is a CP detour train, running down from the GALT sub into Hamilton and back out to Toronto via the CN on account of the big Nov 1979 train derailment in Mississauga. Over 200,000 people were evacuated as tank cars threatened to blow; and it would be the single most intense derailment in Canada's history in terms of mass evacuation.
Anyway, after this train wound its way down the hill from Waterdown, I ran across the roadway and grabbed this image as it rolled up to the area known on CN as Hamilton Jct. The power on this train was impressive.
CP 8679 leading followed by C&O 3046, 3006 and 3532. Loved seeing GP30s.
Added note: A few years previous, I think 1975; there was a wooden bridge over to York which crossed the tracks, from Valley Inn Rd. It had a rather severe load limit.  A "not too bright" truck driver ignored the sign, and as a result the bridge collapsed.  You can see the concrete remains on the right hillside. And straight ahead of CP 8769 in the distance the CN section shack and 'Hamilton Jct' sign can be seen.
The CN "Cowpath" is on the left, which is the link to the Dundas sub and West from Hamilton.
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Caption: For me, this image is powerfully nostalgic. For it is a CP detour train, running down from the GALT sub into Hamilton and back out to Toronto via the CN on account of the big Nov 1979 train derailment in Mississauga. Over 200,000 people were evacuated as tank cars threatened to blow; and it would be the single most intense derailment in Canada's history in terms of mass evacuation. Anyway, after this train wound its way down the hill from Waterdown, I ran across the roadway and grabbed this image as it rolled up to the area known on CN as Hamilton Jct. The power on this train was impressive. CP 8679 leading followed by C&O 3046, 3006 and 3532. Loved seeing GP30s. Added note: A few years previous, I think 1975; there was a wooden bridge over to York which crossed the tracks, from Valley Inn Rd. It had a rather severe load limit. A "not too bright" truck driver ignored the sign, and as a result the bridge collapsed. You can see the concrete remains on the right hillside. And straight ahead of CP 8769 in the distance the CN section shack and 'Hamilton Jct' sign can be seen. The CN "Cowpath" is on the left, which is the link to the Dundas sub and West from Hamilton.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1821] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/11/1979 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8769 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown-detour (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP Hamilton sub. (search)
City/Town: Hamilton Jct (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. Amazing photo AW..always loved the GP30′s. That derailment in Mississauga changed railroading for good in terms of the movements of dangerous commodities!

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