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VIA's Canada 150 Wrap Visits Winnipeg

Canada 150 This year is Canada's 150th birthday, thanks to the British North America Act passed on July 1, 1867 (fun fact: there were more Acts after that, mostly revisions to add more provinces and territories). VIA Rail is wrapping some of its locomotives and cars to commemorate the occasion. Show More Summary

Meet Me At Midnight

CN 2002 in Ste. Agathe, Manitoba The Plan I heard there was an early Sunday morning BNSF detour train (CN F306) running on the Letellier subdivision. Since Sunday morning is my fun day, and I'm not afraid to shoot at night, I went out...Show More Summary


What got in me is something more than envy.I should be above it I know, but I just can't let it go. - Jennifer Nettles, "Jealousy" This is "Confessions of a Train Geek", so I have something to confess: sometimes I am jealous of other...Show More Summary

Lethbridge's High Level Bridge

Potash train crossing Lethbridge's High Level Bridge Lethbridge, Alberta hosts the largest conventional trestle railroad bridge ever built, the High Level Bridge. This bridge was started during 1908 and was completed in 1909, and isShow More Summary

A Different Perspective

"It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." - George Eliot, "Middlemarch"I've photographed VIA Rail's Canadian in Winnipeg many times... 131 times at the time of writing. That's a lot! I've shotShow More Summary

The CN Family Day Train

This post is dedicated to David Othen. The CN Family Day train On September 10 CN hosted a Family Day in Symington Yard in Winnipeg. CN brought in a ferris wheel and hosted shop tours and other activities for employees and their families. Show More Summary

Railfanning with Michael Berry, Part 3

Michael Berry and I went railfanning on Saturday September 3rd. Michael is from Montreal and wanted to experience Winnipeg's railfan scene. In part 1 we went to CN's Diamond and in part 2 we visited the Prairie Dog Central Railway. This...Show More Summary

Finishing the Job: Part 1 - Grain Elevators of the CN Rossburn Subdivision

On April 30th I set out on my last marathon Manitoba grain elevator trip. I had about two dozen elevators left to photograph, and this trip would get all but one of them. I did my planning and on the evening of April 29th, I was ready to go. Show More Summary

Night Train

Hurry up, girl I hear it coming Got a moon and a billion stars Sound of steel and old boxcars The thought of you is driving me insane Come on baby, let's go listen to the night train - "Night Train", Jason Aldean It's been a long time since I did any night train photography, but I did a bit Tuesday night. Show More Summary

Snowblind in Portage la Prairie

Snowblind I'm snowblind, can't live without youSo fine, I just can't get awayNow I'm snowblind, snowblind, snowblind - Styx (video)I felt a little snowblind yesterday when I was out railfanning. Tom Sajnovic was in town and we decided...Show More Summary

A Day Trip to Salzburg

After noodling around in Vienna for a few days, we took a day trip to Salzburg. Trains to Salzburg leave from the Wien Westbahnhof. This is a major train station, with trains to Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Moscow, Budapest, Bucharest, and Belgrade... Show More Summary

Circular Polarizers

I've written about circular polarizers before, but I wanted to revisit them one more time.In case you don't know what a circular polarizer is, it is a filter that screws onto the end of your lens to allow you to polarize the light coming into your lens. Show More Summary

Inside the Inglis Elevators

As part of my northwest Manitoba grain elevator trip, I visited the elevator row in Inglis, Manitoba. I wrote about the outsides of the elevators here and now I'm going to write about the interiors.Inglis has two elevators that are open to the public, the N.M. Show More Summary

The Claus Conspiracy

There's a rumour afoot that Santa Claus, that benevolent supplier of presents to children worldwide, doesn't just use his reindeer-powered sled to deliver presents. One man - Craig Waarheid - is convinced the jolly old elf gets help from a huge, diesel-powered entity.None other than... Show More Summary

Return to Kamloops

I was in Kamloops, British Columbia this week for work, so of course I did a little railfanning for a few evenings. Of course, it's October so the daylight hours are less, but you do what you can. June 20 I landed on Monday morning, after cruising over the lovely Rocky Mountains. Show More Summary

My Railfan Five Challenge

Eric Gagnon over at the excellent Trackside Treasure blog threw down the gauntlet and challenged myself and three other bloggers to share five photos from our railfan journeys.Unlike Eric, I haven't been a railfan for most of my life. Show More Summary

Call of the Northland

Thomas Blampied has released a new book, Call of the Northland. This book talks about the former Ontario Northlander passenger train and the author's journey on it.The Ontario Northlander was a passenger train that ran from Toronto, ON to Cochrane, ON by the Ontario Northland Railway. Show More Summary

A Spiritual Moment

This summer we drove from Winnipeg to Banff to spend a week in the Rockies. We stopped in the Regina area going west and going east, and I took the opportunity to go see some trains while we were there. This post is from July 14. WeShow More Summary

Two More Cuts

There were two more deep cuts recently in the "death of a thousand cuts" affecting rail service in northern New Brunswick.The first was the planned end of mining at Brunswick Mines (outside Bathurst) on May 1. Once the largest zinc mine in the world, it was in operation for 49 years. Show More Summary

VIA Rescues CN

On Thursday, March 7, CN had a small derailment in their Transcona yard in Winnipeg. The lead engine and first car of westbound CN 115 derailed while coming into the yard, blocking the CN Redditt subdivision at around 7 AM. The rest of the train blocked a busy street (Ravenhurst) and the east Perimeter Highway. Show More Summary

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