Monday, September 7, 2015

Kingston Sub Bridges, August 2015

The Rideau Canal carries vessels between Kingston and Ottawa. A UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, its many lockstations and the basic principles by which it operates are as interesting as they were 150+ years ago. A visit to the Kingston Mills lockstation on August 4, 2015 found us enjoying a picnic with a view of a sunlit summer sky, passing motor vessels and of course...wait for it...TRAINS. VIA Rail provided all the cameos on this day, with these video stills from a Youtube video I posted. VIA No 64 Eng 902 with eight cars rolls east, seconds before VIA No 65 Eng 6413 with four cars crosses the bridge westbound:
CN foreman rolling east. trains on that track for a while.
Another picnic, on Sunday, August 9 found us at Napanee, where the Napanee River glides glissando-like beneath the former Grand Trunk Railway double-track bridge. Designated as Trackside Treasure's most scenic trainwatching spot in all of Canada, the views on this sunny day did not disappoint.
CN No 149 led by 5800-2568 was westbound at 1315 (above and below). A car wash-necessitating construction zone, that we'd driven through in our van on the outskirts of Napanee, was about to be visited by the water truck that photo-bombed some MSC double-stack well cars:
Then at 1331, the afternoon VIA parade was on, led by VIA No 45 Eng 6412 and 4 LRC cars:
At 1344 VIA No 63 Eng 6426 had one baggage car, a refurbished Business Class car, and five HEP2 coaches (video stills):
Three minutes later, VIA No 64 Eng 912 was eastbound with an HEP1 baggage and HEP2 coaches:
CN No 369 Eng 2294 pulled up at 1409 for a crew change stop on bridge, having been stopped in emergency at Mi 180. 
Its consist included aluminum ingots and loaded centre-beam bulkhead flats from northern Quebec, floating above the flowing fountain:
Railbox 50-foot boxcars and 60-foot high-cube TBOX's followed, lolling lazily above the lily pads:
Graffiti'd but picturesque, including different TTX logos, hanging around above the hanging baskets:
At 1413, CN No 376 with 2922-8957 and DPU 89xx-5774 blasted east pounding the mill pond, with one of the DPU cabs 'peeking' out from behind the stopped No 369:
Looming above the calm water was 369's DPU 2276:
Heavily-graffiti'd, not so picturesque TBOX 666879, blatantly blockading the bridge:
This HPJX ingot car had a suspicious-looking, possibly shifted load:
Napanee and Kingston Mills' bridges were photogenic to photographer progenitors:
North of CN's Kingston Sub (above) and timetable west along King's Highway 2 (below):

Running extra:
 To Trackside Treasure's readers -- hope you had a rascally, relaxing, restorative summer. 
(Rejuvenating Rideau Acres Campground, 1 km north of Hwy 401 and CN's Kingston Sub. 
Three days' worth of CN and VIA whistling - great to hear, even at 0300 hours.)


Canadian Train Geek said...

Bridges and trains - 2/3 of my favourite things! :)

That's a great train watching spot for sure.

Chris BIGDoer Doering said...

Those bridge piers are amazing and must be quite old (I have a thing for bridges).

Eric said...

Indeed, Chris. The Grand Trunk Railway line dates to 1856 or earlier. As far as I know, those are original. Recently, nets were strung under the over-canal part of the bridge at Kingston Mills - likely to prevent ballast or other nasties from falling on the nice, expensive cabin cruisers and crew!

Thanks for your comment,