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Top photos from February, 2009

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February 7th, 2009We got an early start, leaving Guelph at 6:30, and chased a plow run from Stratford to Goderich on the GEXR. We then returned to Stratford to shoot some parked Class 66s (in tarps) and some KCS units in the yard, then headed to Zorra where we reported a defective crossing and shot CP 153, 138, T69, and 245. From there we went to Ingersoll and shot VIA 76 and CN X368, an army move that I did not know was coming. We chased that to Creditville and called it a (good) day.
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Clinton, Ontario(map) Clinton is the junction of the GEXR Goderich and Exeter subdivisions, a few miles south of Goderich.
31 images 1 videos Marks: CN HLCX LLPX RLK
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Creditville, Ontario(map) The CN Dundas sub heads through this community locked between the 401 and the 403. The track is perfectly straight for several miles and with binoculars several signals can be seen at once far into the distance.
83 images 1 videos Marks: AEX CCX CN CNIS DTTX GATX GONX HPLX HTTX IC LRS NS OLNX OTTX SLR TFM
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Dublin is between Stratford and Goderich on the Goderich subdivision.
20 images 1 videos Marks: CN HLCX LLPX RLK
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Goderich, Ontario(map) Goderich is the site of the shops for the GEXR and hosts a port and salt mine.
72 images 1 videos Marks: CEFX CN DACX DOWX GEXR HLCX LLPX RLK
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Ingersoll, Ontario(map) The CN Dundas, the CP St. Thomas, and the OSR Port Burwell subs are very active through Ingersoll, with the CP Galt sub just to the North in Zorra.
89 images 2 videos Marks: CN HTTX IC OTTX SLR VIA
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Mitchell, Ontario(map) Mitchell is between Seaforth and Stratford on the GEXR Goderich sub.
19 images 1 videos Marks: CN HLCX LLPX RLK
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Seaforth, Ontario(map) Seaforth is the last town before Clinton and Clinton Junction on the GEXR Goderich sub.
21 images 1 videos Marks: BRIX CN HLCX LLPX RLK
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Sebringville, OntarioSebringville is the first town north of Stratford on the GEXR Goderich sub.
15 images 1 videos Marks: CN HLCX LLPX RLK
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Stratford, Ontario(map) Stratford lies between Kitchener-Waterloo and London on the GEXR Guelph sub and is the home of Cowie junction, where the GEXR Goderich sub begins.
26 images 1 videos Marks: CITX CN HLCX KCS LLPX RLK TFM UTLX
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Zorra, Ontario(map) Just outside of Ingersoll is Zorra Station. It contains a large Lafarge plant and the CP Galt sub.
77 images 4 videos Marks: AMGX CCBX CEFX CGLX CP DJJX DTTX EQUX HCBX ITLX JOSX NCHX PROX SKPX SOO TFM TTGX
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February 14th, 2009We started our day in Rouses Point, New York, where we found the D&H quite quiet. We crossed Lake Champlain over to St. Albans, Vermont, where the NECR showed equally little sign of life, so decided to follow the VRS through Rutland to get to Brattleboro, our destination. Not long after leaving Burlington, we heard two extras being set up to meet in Chester, Vermont. Being two hours from there we had lots of time to wonder if we'd see it, and along the way we were distracted by an SBU blaring around New Haven, Vermont. We knew we were near a train on the Rutland-Burlington line but after trying to find it unsuccessfully for a while, we pushed on, ultimately reaching Chester about an hour after the meet had taken place. We caught the westbound in the woods about 5 miles out of town, but didn't get ahead of the eastbound until Bellows Falls, where the train was headed.
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Bellows Falls, Vermont(map) Vermont Rail System member Green Mountain Railway meets the NECR at Bellows Falls. There is purported to be a GMRS Alco RS-1 here, as well. It is directly across the river from North Walpole, New Hampshire.
50 images 1 videos Marks: ABOX ACFX CGTX CLP CLSX GATX GMRC SIRX UTLX YARR
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Chester, VermontChester is on the Green Mountain Railway line between Rutland and Bellows Falls.
27 images 1 videos Marks: ABOX ACFX ADMX BRAX CLP CLSX IFRX NS VTR
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St. Albans, Vermont(map) CN and NECR (New England Central Railway) meet at St. Albans. Amtrak's Vermonter originates here at 06:35 and returns at 20:45. There is a large yard in the town and the station is sufficiently well lit for readable night shots without a tripod or flash in the winter.
26 images No videos Marks: CEFX CSOR FEC GSCX GSWR NECR RMPX
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February 15th, 2009We woke up to the sound of horns and heard NECR #611 heading through town. We chased it to the main crossing in Vernon.
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Vernon, Vermont(map) Vernon is directly on the border with Northfield, Mass and has the NECR Palmer sub and its detector at mile 116.
41 images 1 videos Marks: AOK ATW BR CEFX CN CNA CNIS DWC FEC GTW HS IBT IC MMA NATX NECR NKCR NOKL NS
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February 17th, 2009We left Brattleboro on the morning of the 16th and went to NMH, where I caught up with some of my old teachers and classmates for most of the day. In the late afternoon, we cut across Mass. to the Hoosac tunnel in Florida, but the Guilford gods did not love us and no trains were forthcoming, although a local railfan reported a Bow coal empty was supposed to be on its way. We slept in Utica that night and on the 17th we started the day there, shooting the Mohawk, Adirondack, and Western and an NYSW unit from afar that came in by surprise. We chased the MHWA to Rome, where we followed the wrong spur and took a while to find it out in the industrial park on the east side of town. From there we chased CSX Q091, the ultra-high priority vegetable train to Lyons, catching it only once at Syracuse yard, and there only barely. From Lyons, where we missed Q091 by about 7 minutes, we headed up to Geneva to see what we could find on the FGLK, and chased the Lyons job back to Lyons before heading out to the Rochester and Genessee Valley Railroad Museum south of Rochester and finally completing our trip by getting back to Guelph a few minutes past 10pm.
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Geneva, New YorkGeneva is the home of the Finger Lakes Railway, due south of Lyons.
31 images 1 videos Marks: BNSF CLSX FGLK IFRX MWCX RPRX
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Industry, New YorkIndustry is the home of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum along the LAL.
32 images No videos Marks: BO CR ERIE KCDX NKP NRHX PC USAX
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Lyons, New York(map) Lyons is a few miles South of Geneva, New York, linked by an NS track from the town's ex-Conrail CSX main line to the Finger Lakes Railway.
35 images 2 videos Marks: BNSF CLSX CSXT FGLK GATX
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Rome, New YorkRome is between Oneida and Utica on the CSX. Its industrial tracks are serviced by the Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern.
38 images No videos Marks: ADCX CR DLWR MHNA MHWA MNCR RHSX USAF
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Stanwix, New YorkStanwix is the home of Reber Rd, a decent spot to sit and watch the CSX line between Utica and Rome. The Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern runs over the CSX from Utica to Rome by this point.
33 images 2 videos Marks: CSXT DJJX GATX JOSX LW MEC MHWA NCIX NDYX PROX SHPX TILX
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Syracuse, New YorkSyracuse is between Rochester and Utica on the CSX Buffalo line, and is also the connection point for the CSX Montreal sub which goes to Coteau near Montreal.
20 images 1 videos Marks: ARMN UP
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Utica, New York(map) Utica is the home of the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railway shops, a scenic railway, the CSX, and at least one more shortline operator, situated about an hour West of Albany.
31 images 2 videos Marks: ADCX ADMX CEFX CSXT MHWA NYSW PLCX SHPX
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February 21st, 2009We went to Ingersoll for a wedding and stopped at the station for a few between it and the reception.
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Ingersoll, Ontario(map) The CN Dundas, the CP St. Thomas, and the OSR Port Burwell subs are very active through Ingersoll, with the CP Galt sub just to the North in Zorra.
42 images 2 videos Marks: ACFX AOK CN DTTX EAMX ETCX GACX GMRC GVSR IC MEC NDYX NKCR SSW VIA WLPX
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February 22nd, 2009We heard about an EMD move of Egyptian Class 66s and went to Guelph station for them. We got the GJE leaving southbound and then began the waiting game. After several hours, we received word that the train was stopped in Stratford and went home, and immediately got word it had left. Trevor and I headed up to Breslau to get it and then chased it back to Guelph before calling it a day.
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Breslau, Ontario(map) This is a small town between Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph Sub.
36 images 1 videos Marks: ECR EGRY GEXR RLK
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Guelph, Ontario(map) The city of Guelph is my home town and is just East of Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph sub, and the Ontario Southland Railway/Guelph Junction Railway track, the other end of which is at Guelph Junction.
42 images 1 videos Marks: ECR EGRY GEXR OSRX RLK VTR
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