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June 13th, 2008
From MP 189.40 Watrous sub
12:25pm CN 402, 88 cars
Except for the SD50F, Dash 8-40CM & GP40-2LW, all of whom have fallen out of favour, nearly 35 years of CN mainline units are present...
The CN 548 rolls out over the bridge minutes after the 560. After the 303 passes, he will go onto the Craik sub, and dod some stuff. He could be pulling loads from Davidson, but it's usual practice for power to lay over in town while the cars are loaded. He will probably dawdle back into town...
My first Green Goat - NREX 2009, 3GS21B, trailing CN 2549-5534 on 346. It's twin brother, NREX 2011 is the only Green Goat to have demonstrated on CN so far (Dec 06 CRO). Perhaps this unit is joining them? Either way, better then a GT GP38 I though I was seing again.
4:10pm CN 357, 94 cars
CN 5682-5541-5433 (CN-zebra-zebra)
91 center-beams/3 autoracks
One of those draper's better be dead, as all the other trains I've seen on CN lately had two engines, yet this lumber empties gets a trio of pretty good power.
CN SD60F 5541 and C40-8M 2446 take off west make a hell of a noise. They were just held for a westbound, and they have alot of reefer containers to get east. Out of most units, I have to say notheg on the CN smokes more than the C40-8M's. Except The C44-9Wl's I saw last week.
On one of my first visits to Portage JCT (I visit that place about once/twice a week) I was lucky enough to catch a great traffic jam. I've seen bottlenecks since, but this one is by far the best. Let's break it down:
In the foreground, E/B CN local with CN 1435 & 7220 (GMD1u & GP9RM)...
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