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  1. Game over

    Game over

    A contracor takes away the ties of CN's Fort Garry Industrial Park #1 trackage. I haven't seen a train there ever since I started railfanning two years prior, so it's fair to say that not much has been lost. There weren't even any cars in the industrial park, not to mention 2/3's of the tracks...
  2. Work truck

    Work truck

    A very common hi-rail configuration on CN, can be found anywhere doing anything. Back when I didn't have a scanner, sitting next to one was the best opportunity to hear what was coming and when.
  3. CN 434-60

    CN 434-60

    Recently I posted a photo of a CP hi-rail truck pulling two ballast hoppers: http://tinyurl.com/29gxgb This is CN's version of the same exercise, taken 3 years ago in Winnipeg (you can see the downtown skyline). Interstingly CP also had a PETTBONE Swingmaster at work that day, yet he wasn't the...
  4. Dropping rail

    Dropping rail

    Freightliner 6-axle hi-rail has delivering its load of new rails and ties to the needy area. You can see the headlights of an approaching Westbound from Thunder Bay.
  5. Potash Corp.

    Potash Corp.

    I know live in the potash capital of the world. Yet I'm still seing the same hoppers that go through Winnipeg...
  6. CN 461-20

    CN 461-20

    CN 461-20 is a specialized hi-rail crane. Although you cannot see it in the photo, he's actually standing on rail. I've only seen a similar machine since once, CN 461-13 at the Portage JCT MOW shops (Winnipeg) later that year. Couple years later a fellow Saskatoon Railfan, Elijah, caught it...
  7. 1946 Packard

    1946 Packard

    Before hi-rails, the only way to get around was by a motor car, which wasn't very comfortable. This didn't work well with everyone however, thus luxury sedans were equipped with RR wheels. Here's an example of a beautfilly restored CP version in a museum: http://tinyurl.com/2suj43 This 1946...
  8. CP Police

    CP Police

    Just like CN, http://tinyurl.com/yue7c6, CP has their own cruiser fleet, that visually looks like the City police/RCMP/Park police and most other law enforcement forces. I've also seen a Police van at this event, the Holiday train stopover in Winnipeg.
  9. Branchline maintenance

    Branchline maintenance

    New rails along with ballast are added to the La Riviere subdivision. The branchline is served by a tr-weekly wayfreight, typically with two GP38-2's for power. Right behind me is Winnipeg's newest and biggest suburb, Whyte Ridge, although you likely can't tell that from the photo. To the...
  10. Land of bunk cars

    Land of bunk cars

    These days CP's Transcona yard is mostly used to store bunk cars. It's too bad that the relatively new bunks on flats are blocking the older converted 40' and 50' bunk boxcars. You can see them in the background, here's a close look: http://tinyurl.com/2yqstk. Right in front of me were these...
  11. Van convention?

    Van convention?

    How unusual is it to see 5 cabooses all together outside of a museum or a tourist RR setting. As you can probably guess by the couch in the foreground, this isn't the best setting by far - a converted landfill, i.e. garbage hill. These cabooses along with various work equipement, mostly bunk...
  12. Slug leading!

    Slug leading!

    Since CN uses a GP9RM+slug set for power, it's only natural that they get to lead. Here the switcher is bringing in 4 bulkheads from the nearby Industrial park. The way the photo is cropped however, it looks like a much bigger train. Note the headlight on the slug, these are unique to the S-3...
  13. On patrol

    On patrol

    A typical CN police cruiser, patrolling the mainline, as always giving a wave. From a distance it looks like your regular RCMP cruiser, in fact it only says "CN" on the small SD75I loco decal on the cab door. The photo is now historic, since the switch in the background was removed...
  14. "Newer" CN crew-cab

    "Newer" CN crew-cab

    I'm using "newer", since there's an even newer IH cab design available. It's good to compare to http://tinyurl.com/2ypy7e the classic IH truck look. This truck is parked at CN's Portage JCT MOW shops, I've only seen him there once, unlike other trucks and MOW equipment (i.e CN 665-05...
  15. GWWD 235

    GWWD 235

    This van used to be an all-rail machine just like this old truck sitting across from it: http://tinyurl.com/27mzr6 For some reason he had his rails wheels taken away, and has been sitting like this for quite some time. I know that today when hi-rails dominate, such a van seems like a...
  16. CN's smallest truck?

    CN's smallest truck?

    The majority of CN trucks (not pick-ups) are of the 6axle heavy-duty variety. Then there's this guy who has a relatively short wheelbase and is based on an IH chassis! I'm suprised CN didn't utilize a Ford F350 for this purpose... You can see a bit of CN's mainline in the background - right...
  17. VIA's other fleet

    VIA's other fleet

    VIA Rail is Canada's national rail people mover, utilizing RDC's, F40PH-2's, P42's and hundreds of passenger cars. Then there're these guys, one truck and van, based in Winnipeg - used on runs between the Winnipeg Maintenence Center (WMC) and Union station downtown. The van is ussually full of...
  18. ASPLUNDH (contractors)

    ASPLUNDH (contractors)

    Apparently CN contracts out their cleaning services, which is shame considering the amount of brooms and other neat MOW equipment they have. Here the crew is waiting for a clearence on the CN mainline. Note the giant broom on the end!
  19. BNSF hi-rail

    BNSF hi-rail

    Not sure where BNSF can use this hi-rail in Winnipeg, since they only own 2 miles of trackage, the rest is running rights over CN & CP.
  20. CN semi

    CN semi

    CN's semi-truck fleet looks very similar to CPR's: http://tinyurl.com/2uwqga white color with "CN" in red on the side. So why is this unit red? Because it's a MOW transporter, used to move tampers and other MOW equipment around on its trailer, that's conviniently wearing CN orange MOW...




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