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Not Just Waffles and Chocolate - Trains in Belgium - Part 1

A Siemens Desiro ML trainset at the Schaerbeek train station near Brussels, Belgium I was sent to Belgium for two weeks in February to do some programming work with a partner company. It was kind of a last minute thing, with only a couple of days between the "go" order and my flight out of Winnipeg. Show More Summary

SOO LINE Grain Hoppers

SOO 74362, Chaplin, SK, August 2010 I was chatting with Donald Klippert in mid-January and he mentioned that he saw a white SOO gondola. We talked about the white SOO LINE paint scheme being a favourite of ours and then we got onto the SOO grain hoppers. Show More Summary

The Revelstoke Railway Museum

CP 5468 in the Revelstoke Railway Museum My wife and I visited the Revelstoke Railway Museum last September... on my birthday, in fact. It had been on my "bucket list" and a visit here was a key piece of my big birthday trip.We visited...Show More Summary

Two VIAs By Night

VIA Rail's Canadian has been notoriously late this winter. At times VIA 1 (westbound) or VIA 2 (eastbound) has been well over 12 hours late and sometimes more than 24 hours late. Today's VIA 1 and VIA 2 were no exception. VIA 2 VIA 2 was almost 24 hours late today. Show More Summary

Book Review: Railways of New Brunswick

Railways of New Brunswickby Dan Soucoup I've wanted to read Dan Soucoup's Railways of New Brunswick for some time now.As you may know, I lived in New Brunswick for many years and had a deep interest in the railroads of the province.Show More Summary


I went to a funeral recently and it really started me thinking about things. The funeral was for the mother of one of my wife’s coworkers. She died from cancer, within a matter of weeks after receiving the diagnosis. It was quite unexpected...Show More Summary

Rail and Vator Fanning with Jason

Tonight's the night we'll make historyAs sure as dogs can fly- Styx, "A.D. 1928" My friend Jason Paul Sailer was in Winnipeg over the Christmas 2017 break and was interested in seeing some trains and grain elevators. We agreed that we would head west of Winnipeg on December 27 along the CN Rivers subdivision, and see a few elevators along the way. Show More Summary

The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

The town of Cranbrook, British Columbia has one of the most important railway museums in Canada - the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. This museum focuses on passenger travel by rail, and features several passenger train sets.This makes the museum unique - its laser-like focus on passenger rail travel. Show More Summary

CN 121, Day and Night

I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a quick trip in October 2017. After work I arranged to meet up with Caleb Wentzell to see CN 121 at night... but before that I decided to visit the CN Fairview yard in Halifax to see what was going on. Show More Summary

Book Review: On the Right Track

On the Right Track, by Gary De Bock I was contacted by Gary De Bock, the author of the book On the Right Track, a few weeks ago. I'll be honest and say I had never heard his name before. He sent me a free copy of his book and I saidShow More Summary

2017 Wrap-Up

Photo by Mark Perry This is my year-end post, as 2017 draws rapidly to a close. Get ready for some photos, lots of statistics, and some rambling. So, nothing out of the ordinary! ;) The Big Picture 2017 was a good year for me. I started out with some actual plans (gasp). Show More Summary

Kitchener Railfanning

I was in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in mid October to see my son Nick graduate from the University of Waterloo. It's hard to believe he's old enough to graduate from university... sheesh.Anyway, there were trains. Here they are. CNShow More Summary

Grain Elevators of Canada

Raley, Alberta I have a little announcement to make. In October I bought the domain name, and it's now live. History Grain elevator fans will remember this site was the site for Canadian grain elevator photos and information. Show More Summary

The 2017 CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific Railway has run the Holiday Train since 1999, crossing Canada from east to west. The train collects funds and food for local food banks, and puts on a good show too!In the past I've photographed it in Winnipeg - at night...Show More Summary

London Town

VIA 905 in London, Ontario Think what that money could bring / I'd buy everythingClean out Vivienne Westwood / In my Galliano gownNo, wouldn't just have one hood / A Hollywood mansion if I couldPlease book me first class to my fancyShow More Summary

Grinding It Out

Some railfan excursions work out really well and you see something new, or different, or get a great photograph. Some... well, on some excursions, you are just grinding."Grinding", for those who aren't computer gamers, is doing repetitive actions in a game to gain points or experience to advance in the game. Show More Summary

Passing a Half Century (Part 8) - Rocky Wraps it Up

For my 50th birthday, my wife and I drove through Alberta and British Columbia. You can start at the beginning here. The Rocky Mountaineer in Banff I awoke early on day 6 of my 50th birthday trip to Alberta and British Columbia to go see the Rocky Mountaineer. Show More Summary

Passing a Half Century (Part 7) - Not the Rocky

For my 50th birthday, my wife and I drove through Alberta and British Columbia. You can start at the beginning here. Ah, Banff Sure as that old whistle's blowin' There's a tug upon my heart Somewhere in that misty mornin' light There's...Show More Summary

Passing a Half Century (Part 6) - Through the Spiral Tunnel

For my 50th birthday, my wife and I drove through Alberta and British Columbia. You can start at the beginning here. Let me explain.No, there is too much. Let me sum up.- Inigo Montaya, "The Princess Bride" Day 5 - Golden to Banff We...Show More Summary

They Shall Grow Not Old

Lest we forget It's Remembrance Day. Let us take a moment to remember the men and women who have served - and died - for our country to protect our way of life. We appreciate and remember you.They shall grow not old, as we that are left...Show More Summary

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