This was the last trip I'd make without taking copious notes. For subsequent trips, I'd prepare a mini-binder ahead of time, in which I'd write the schedule, stations, subdivisions, mileages and leaving room for notes. So much better than trying to read my mind's eye all these decades later!
Here are my notes from the trip, with equipment of different types separated by semi-colons. Freight cars are listed by railway name and/or reporting marks by type: BO (boxcar); HiCBO (Hi-cube boxcar); HO (covered hopper); RE (refrigerator); TA (tank car); FL (flat car); AU (autorack); BU (bulkhead flat car); CO (hopper car); CON (COFC container); TRA (TOFC trailer) etc. Four-digit numbers with or without reporting marks are locomotives.
NOTES - JUNE 22, 1980
Portage waiting for VIA No 3 - CN eastbound at 0647 9514-9572 CNWX, IMCX HO; CGTX, NATX TA; TH&B, TT FL; SR lime BO 46108, L&N BO; cabooses 79860-79560.
Winnipeg - CN switchers 7212, 7217(New orange cab paint scheme), 7157N, 7154N, 7174, 7175; CN cabooses 76568, 76570; CAST, ACL, Dart, HL CON; CNW, BN, IC TRA. Westbound at 0801 CN 4108N-4118-4124 with DRGW, SLSF AU; CANFOR all-door BO, BCR BO and caboose 79511, possibly from BNML interchange. CN 4306N-4314-4323 with caboose 79442. Eastbound with CN 9537-9457-9505-9561 with caboose 79767. VIA 6507-steam generator unit 15453 in CN colours.
Kenora - CP 5523, 4501-4715; van 437020.
Westbound at 1310 - CP 4559-5915, SOO, Milw, Boise Cascade BO; CP GO, CO, BU and van 434588; CP Jordan spreader 402884.
Westbound at 1555 - CP 4726-4702, Japan Line, Seacon CON; E&N 292266 BO; van 434502.
West of Ignace - CP 4729-5587, vans 434571 and 'loose cabooses'' 437188 and 437010.
Ignace - Met VIA No 1 at 1600
Thunder Bay - CP 7081, B-100, 8110, 8127; vans CP 434325, 437171 and 437219 end-cupola; BN, SOO, CNW, Milw, PGE, ONR BO; SOO GO; CP BU; CTI CON. CN 1910N-1914N, 9535; cabooses CN 79711, 76565; ships Frankcliffe Hall, Lake Winnipeg, Scott Misener.
Eastbound at 2050 - CP 5941-5794-4730, CIL HO, E&N 292102 BO and van 434608.
Westbound at 2055 - CP 5922-5513-5509; NYK, TOL CON; Erco HO; TGIX TA; BCE 504 All-door BO; BCH 621 and 634 BO, TH&B GO, van 434110.
Cartier - CP vans 434106, 434558, 434469; CP FL, BO, BU, GO.
Sudbury - CP 8125-8126, 7090; smooth-side CP service cars 21085, 404936, 411713, 411702, 411694.
NOTES - JUNE 23, 1980
Orillia - CN cabooses 79208, 79430, 79604; switcher 1322.
Into Toronto - L&N HO; IC, TPW, SR, RBOX, D&H 20154 BO; cabooses CN 79269, 79378; CN 4497N-4418. CP 6540, 7029, 7026, 8793; YS Line CON; Texas Mexican TRA; CP 437055 end-cupola van.
Spadina - CP 8514, 8517, 8521N; VIA 303 ex-Reading coach; VIA 6786, 6871, 6870, 6611; ONR 1521; CN 9551, 3107, 3114N, 3124N, Tempo 3153.
Oshawa - CN Switchers 1323, 1329, 1317, 1252, 7178, 7179; caboose 79868; EL, PC, CR, GO; MP, CR, Chessie BO; TH&B HO; SP, DT&I, Chessie, CR, UP HiCBO; IG, GT, PC, SSW AU.
Cobourg - SP, SSW HO; CN caboose 79556; CP eastbound 5905-4570-4562.
Belleville - CN 4400, cabooses 79220, 79798.
Though it's taken 41 years, I finally got this trip documented. A paucity of on-train notes led to the trip not even making it into Trackside with VIA - Research & Recollections, unlike all my other trips west aboard VIA Rail!
Kingston's Kingstonist kindly featured my Hanley Spur layout in an online article last Friday. Thanks to journalist Terry Bursey and editor Tori Stafford for reaching out! Now more than ever, this gets my layout 'out of the basement', especially important during a pandemic!this Youtube video will prove it's not just a conspiracy theory.