Let's turn back the clock 42 years to two days in August in Portage la Prairie, MB presenting that providential place's panoply of plethoric train movements: August 17, and 18, 1978. I photographed most of them, realizing that quality of image and quantity of remaining film were two issues I was facing! I'd arrived courtesty of VIA's Super Continental, after reaching Toronto by Turbo. CN 9434-9592 with 88 cars and caboose 79649 were the first train on the first day, westbound (above).
Of course all the trains I observed and photographed during all my visits West are available in this easy-to-hold format! Trains are shown with time of photo, direction, power, remarks and caboose.
1105 E CN 4126-4211 and caboose 79676 on CN First No 808 from Dauphin, according to the friendly operator, with Manitoba Pool Portage 'B' grain elevator in the background:
1113 E CP 5729-4237-4438 and van 434546. The head-end trainman is out on the 'front porch' to pick up train orders:
Clean CP 434546 in front of the speeder sheds:
1153 E CN 4206-4124 and caboose 79287, running as Second No 808:
1154 Meeting westbound CN 9153-4302-4224 lumber empties 79731
After lunch: 1350 W 6515-6607-6502 No 3 with 17 cars arriving on time from Winnipeg:
1415 W CP 5518-5528-4739 speedy intermodal, trailed by 434423:
1432 E CP 8694-8702-5758 manifest with 434386. Geepalicious!
1446 W CN 5089-9543 manifest 79504. In background CP 6569 is switching grain cars.
1518 E CN 9596-9632-79315 (no photo)
1527 W CP 5683-8803 and 434067(end cupola). Slowly starting an occupied boarding car train:
22-man sleepers CP 411728-411726:
1617 W CN 9488-9420-9454 79716 (no photo - stopped to switch in the CN yard)
1636 E CN 1070-1076-1071 79684 on a grain train. My aunt and uncle have come to pick me up, in their blue Datson, at suppertime after enjoying all these freights on what remained an overcast day.
Evening: westbound freight setting out cars CN 9488-9420-9454:
Flexicoil trucks under Geeps, such as the ones CN 4245 rode on, were new for me, too.
A couple of trains in the intervening time before lunch:
1112 E CN 1051-1027 79787 (no photo)
1130 E CN 9425-9402-9405 intermodal 79372:
1134 E CP 5762-5533 manifest 434036(end cupola) passing 6569 at the station:
Click right here to view two more days of Portage railfanning, just two days later!
Driving through Big Sky Country after visiting Ontario, my brother-in-law Lorne and his wife Chris shared these photos of trackside treasure:
Harvest time! (above) Transport loading at trackless grain elevator (below):
Mobil Grain twin-SD's: