August 20, 1978
1059 W CN 5134-5194-5182 79766 (top photo) The first train of the day left its consist in the yard, and 'yard-switched' CN covered hopper CN 378624 back to its train from the station team track at 1125. The covered hopper had been loaded with a cargo of corn two days earlier.
If you've read Kalmbach's GMR, MRP, MR or any other of its track planning publications, you've read his articles. Prolific English track planner Iain Rice wrote 400 articles and 20 books. Iain died on October 8. Besides his imaginative depiction of prototypes, what I appreciated most about Iain's work was his ability to 'bend' layouts, to curve track in a unique alternative approach to the conventional North American plan. We can't help outselves - all we want is numerous straight, parallel tracks to fill our expansive layout spaces. Iain's space-challenged trackplans and colourfully-rendered illustrations were part of his creative approach to track-planning, enabling modellers to 'see' more than just a trackplan.
My son-in-law caught CN No 518 at the Bath Road crossing this past Monday. The 'hostler's choice' pair of units - CN 4902 and GTW 6425 - is still the local power in Belleville. Trainee in the cab of 6425?