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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

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

I was contacted by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for permission to use a video of mine to illustrate how much food they provided last year to help end world hunger. I agreed, and here it is.Visit their website to learn more about what they do.

Rail Train!

On Tuesday afternoon I was driving west along Wilkes Avenue when I spotted a train heading west as well. I could only see the rear but it seemed a little odd. As I caught up to it I saw that it was a rail train and it had two cabooses on the rear!I passed it at about mile 10 and kept going. Show More Summary

Meet Me In The Middle of the Day

Meet me in the middle of the dayLet me hear you say, everything's okayBring me southern kisses from your roomMeet me in the middle of the nightLet me hear you say, everything's all rightLet me smell the moon in your perfume -- Romeo's Tune, Steve ForbertHere's a meet that occurred in the middle of the (Thurs)day. Show More Summary

The Shot

Sometimes on a train-watching outing, I get some decent photographs but nothing really special. Sometimes I get nothing but duds. Occasionally... I get a shot I'm really pleased with... The Shot.On Saturday afternoon I went out with the kids to run a few errands and shoot a few trains. Show More Summary

More Snow in The Gorge

Most of the snow from the January 15th snow storm fell west of Bingen.  The result was I spent the day west of Bingen too!  Snow in the gorge has been pretty sparse lately so I wanted to take advantage.  Most of the morning I hung out around North Bonneville photographing Amtrak, several BNSF westbounds, and two [...]

HLCX 6200 Arrives

Several people went out on January 8 to shoot HLCX 6200 as part of train CN 406 en route to Saint John.First, Matt aka Saintjohnrailfan shot it in Rothesay near the station... using his tried-and-true Picture-in-Picture technique. Very...Show More Summary

Rothesay Station Revisited

Last week I was in the Saint John / St. George area for a quick trip, to give some training. I had a brief opportunity to do a different kind of training when I chased CN 406 in the evening of September 21. I drove from St. George to Saint John in the late afternoon, and had supper while 406 was in Island Yard. Show More Summary

Magic! Preview

I’m preparing a presentation for Robert’s Autumn Leaf Slidshow in October.  After doing some preliminary work on the program I though I’d put together a quick preview to show you all what to expect. View the preview here: http://www.vimeo.com/28936354 A few years ago I heard an old favorite song and the memories from that tune gave me [...]

Night Passage

Last weekend I hung out with friends at a spot we’ve been calling “Camp Gaynor”.   For those not familiar with Stevens Pass Gaynor was the name of a station on the east side of the pass near the signal bridge at what is now East Berne.  About a mile below (east) of that spot [...]

Reorganizing the Bus System within the Network Hierarchy

» Lyon’s bus network is enlivened thanks to reorganization and new branding. The advantages offered by street-running bus operations, such as offering a variety of routes and the ability to alter them at will, can sometimes be a curse. Show More Summary

Herzog Ballast Trains in Saint John

I was in southern New Brunswick earlier this week on business. I arrived on the afternoon of Sunday June 19, so my thoughts turned to railfanning in one of my old haunts. Who am I kidding... when do my thoughts turn AWAY from railfanning?I found a CN ballast train parked near Crosby's. Show More Summary

CN 305 With A Pumpkin

Carroll posted a video of CN 305 rolling through McGivney with six engines, including new-to-CN #2125 still in BNSF pumpkin colours. Carroll also has some great narrative in the desription of the video so you're encouraged to watch it...Show More Summary

Alignment Questions for Detroit’s Rail Line, Almost Ready for Construction

» Light rail or streetcar approach for a project whose proponents claim would restore the health of this city’s core? Unlike similar projects in nearby cities like Cincinnati, Detroit’s planned light rail line for Woodward Avenue has...Show More Summary

BNSF 2756 In Motion

I was running errands in Winnipeg this past Friday, and I drove by BNSF's yard since I was in the area. As it happens, the BNSF train was ready to head out to Fort Rouge to do their exchange. I circled around and got to the crossingShow More Summary

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