Saturday, August 9, 2008

Saint John Railfanning July 27 & 28 2008, Day 2

A lot more trains, but no CP TEC movement. How disappointing. So after I heard the bad news, from Dave (nbsrfan), I checked out from the hotel and headed towards Staples for some railfanning. I wasn't big time rain when I got there.

But at least I got a video of the NB Southern local

NB Souther 2612 & CN 7010 push their load towards the Irving refinery

About half an hour after I caught the Irving Refinery local, CN 405's engines were on the move

CN 2642, 5717 & CN/IC 2706 make their way towards the Courtenay Bay

I headed towards Coats Tire, near the potash plant, and got a video of the CN engines.

CN 405's power near the Courtenay Bay

I waited another 10 minutes before they came back pass me

CN units coming out of the Courtenay Bay

Soon I headed out to Russell Street to get the last video of Collecting Potash Cars. As I arrived, I saw CN 7060 & NB Southern 3701 doing some shunting, but I didn't get a good picture. Anyways, about 25 minutes of waiting, CN 7010 & NB Southern 2612 pulled up to the wye and awaited to head back to the yard, as soon as the switch was set.

CN 7010 & NB Southern 3701 return to the yard

NB Southern 2612 & CN 7010 push 2 cars towards the Irving Refinery

Finally, CN 405's power return from the Courtenay Bay with 30 something potash cars.

CN engines returning to the yard

Then I headed to Tim Horton's a waited for the crew to stop for a coffee. As soon at They got out of the cab, I headed for Hampton. I had to wait nearly an hour before CN 405 came rolling along.

CN 405 passing Hampton, NB

After getting train 405 at Hampton, I headed out for Sussex.

CN 405 near Sussex in Black & White form

I then headed for Penobsquis, which is were the potash plant is situated, and watch CN shunt there cars into the plant.

CN 405 at Penobsquis in B&W

CN 405 departing Penobsquis for Moncton

Once it left Penobsquis, I then headed for Petitcodiac to get a good shot of the engineer blowing the horn long and loud. I saw an MOW sitting in the siding on the other side of the tracks.

CN 661-33 resting in the siding at Petitcodiac

At around 4:25pm, CN 405 came rolling slowly through Petitcodiac.

CN 405 passing Petitcodiac.

I was expecting it to pass me and my grandmother at Salisbury as we approached the crossing, but this time the train didn't pass yet. So I headed for Lower Mountain rd and waited for a few minutes before I heard the horn for Upper Mtn. Rd.

After that, I headed for the VIA station in Moncton knowing that VIA 615 didn't arrive yet. So I went to the station and the told me it would arrive at 5:20pm

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Saint John Railfanning July 27 & 28 2008, Day 1

I was in Saint John Sunday & Monday (July 27 & 28 2008) to catch the CP TEC. I arrived in Saint John at around 10:40am. As I arrived, Matt arrived at Staples shortly after my arrival.

At around 11:30am, we saw the NB Southern local heading for the Saint John Industrial Park.NBSR 2612 & CN 7010 in push-pull move

Later, Dave showed up to catch CN 405 departing Saint John. We waited for about 1 hour after me and Matt caught to local before the CN units were on the move. As soon as the CN engines moved, so did we. We headed out for Renforth at a crossing Matt knew about.

We waited for about half an hour before CN 405 came through. Finally, CN 405 came by a 1:17pm with CN 2642, CN 5717 & CN/IC 2706

I decided to grab a bit to eat, then go to my hotel room and head for the Dever Road yard to see what was going on. There wasn't really much. But I did see the CP TEC Train.

CP 3025, with it's three test cars, rest in the yard

I also went to the West End of the yard and saw NB Southern 2317, 2610 & 2318 doing some switching.

Then I headed back to my hotel and rested. But then, when I headed to the car to get something, I saw the same engines heading out of the Island yard for it's transfer train and I caught it at the Reversing Falls bridge.

I headed towards the Dever Road yard. I was surprised when I go there. I saw three NB Southern unit waiting for the transfer train to pull in.

NB Southern 9801, 3702 & 9803 let the transfer train go by

Later, I rejoined Matt & Dave to catch the westbound heading for McAdam.
NB Southern 2317, 2610 & 2318 do some last minute switching before departing

They did there brake test and thee emergency brakes failed. So they fixed up the problem and tried it once more. Finally at around 9:30pm, or so. The NB Southern westbound departed Saint John.

NB Southern 2317, 2610 & 2318 depart Saint John

After that, I headed towards my hotel & called it a day. Day 2 coming up