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:
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:
At 1344 VIA No 63 Eng 6426 had one baggage car, a refurbished Business Class car, and five HEP2 coaches (video stills):
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:
North of CN's Kingston Sub (above) and timetable west along King's Highway 2 (below):
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.)