Most level protected crossings are for cars. But if you look closely in Ottawa, you will find some crossing out there just for us...
(This is primarily a picture post documenting my recent catch)
While driving down Hunt Club to pick up some groceries, I was going over VIA Smiths Falls Sub, and as usual I took a look down the tracks to see if anything was there. I saw some white lights far off to the east, that didn’t look to be in a familiar pattern. I pulled off and ducked into a office park to catch a view of it as it travelled by. This train wasn’t a VIA but was in fact the elusive CN 589 on the Smiths Falls Sub. Needless to say, once I got a glimpse of it, the chase was on.
It stopped at Fallowfield station for about 5 minutes (for no reason I could figure out other than giving me enough time to catch up to it). As usual, I stood on the South side of Woodroofe and photographed it as it went across. I choose this location because it had the sun at my back (to light up the subject).
The train had two engines and no cars. Based on that, I suspected that it would head out to Twin Elm rather than Kott (since it usually takes cars out to Kott when it picks cars up).
Sure enough, it was at Twin Elm sitting on the mainline waiting on the switch. 589 pulled in, and picked up three cars. I tried many angles, but always ended up with a fence in the frame.
Once the train had the cars, it headed back east over the Jock River (at Kott lumber) on its way to the Walkey Yard.
It has been 16 months since I’ve seen 589 on the Smiths Falls Sub and 14 months since I’ve seen it on the Renfrew Sub (with the exception of one time at lunch caught it at March road recently). Although, it has not been for a lack of trying. I’ve probably went out looking for it once month on either Wednesdays or Thursdays, but was skunked each time. I really wish I knew the schedule for it.
This time of year, what a difference a day makes. I took a shot the day before at the exact same location, but it was covered in snow.