Over the past month, I've experienced some time trackside with Canada's three largest railways. Fellow photographer Reg Aitken shared some VIA photos he'd taken, all showing VIA 900-series locomotives with LRC consists in April, 2016. Two refurbished Business Class cars cascaded through Napanee (top photo) and another two were eastbound at Kingston's VIA station:
Ditch lights on at departure time!
On May 22, thanks to some OS reports from fellow railfans, I was able to catch up to eastbound potash unit train CN No 730 at Mi 179 Kingston Sub. Barrelling down the south track, the train splits the signals 1796S and 1796N:
Rounding the curve, with 152 cars of Saskatchewan potash in tow:
CN 2827-3034 proceed then recede:
Still rare for CN's Kingston Sub, rear DPU CN 2848 lights the red lamp:
Also in May, we were driving past the CP section buildings in Roblin, ON north of Napanee on Highway 41. Several of these homebuilt wooden units were ready for use nearby:
In the backtrack was a short tie train with a Jimbo tie crane and M-O-W Transporter CP 420983.
Speaking of crowns, the Queen turns 90. No early retirement in her workplace. The only monarch most living Britons have ever known. In solitude she contemplates the place where her reign began, in this evocative painting by Ralph Heimans: