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for the next seven nights. We fed on some spicy homemade jambalaya my wife Candy had sent with us.


DAY 2: Sunday, August 21 Initially I had planned for us to


spend Sunday on the Canadian National or Canadian Pacific main line, as I ex- pected no action on the Ontario South- land (OSR). However, I found out that the Cami job would operate on Sunday, so we directed our attention there. We did start out on the CN at Beachville and shot two eastbound freights and a VIA train in each direction. We then moved to the CP Galt sub at Zorra, only a few minutes away and shot three west- bounds in 16 minutes, the first of these was led by a “red barn” SD40-2F 9008. By then it was time to go seek out the


OSR Cami job (which serves the large GM auto plant outside Ingersoll), and we caught them at the Ingersoll east mile board with RS-23 503 and RS-18 182, both late-era products of Alco’s Canadian subsidiary Montreal Locomo- tive Works (MLW). We chased, and as seems common, the train stopped at the diamond at Carew for a CN westbound and eastbound to pass before proceed- ing to the station in Woodstock. There he switched his auto racks and lifted 12 cars for the Tillsonburg job (which would run Monday), and left from the


CP siding at Coakley for Cami. We gave chase, getting him several


more times including his trip down to the shop at Salford, where he dropped the tanks previously mentioned. Then we returned to Beachville where we got another CN eastbound and hoped to get VIA No. 75, one of the Toronto-Windsor corridor runs. VIA became a little high- er priority on our list when Steve saw a shot I’d taken of the specially wrapped Coors Light engine, and he hoped to catch it. With the light fading at Beachville, we headed east to Cred- itville, hoping to intercept the train sooner. We got a nice shot of a CN west- bound and eventually VIA 75, but alas he had a “mud missile” GE on the point. By now it was sunset, and we headed to Montana’s, a very good steakhouse near the motel.


DAY 3: Monday, August 22 We began the day once again on the


41st Line bridge over the CN’s Dundas sub at Beachville in order to catch VIA No. 70, hoping it might have one of the “Coors” units for Steve. Before it ar- rived we shot a CN westbound at 0739, and then No. 70, but no “beer” on this train. From there we moved on to the day’s primary target which was the OSR run to Tillsonburg from Salford, and then return to Woodstock. There


the crew would lift the Putnam cars and do a switch there, before tying up for the day. This in and of itself would have been cool, but we had been told that it would operate with a pair of back-to-back MLW S-13 switchers, a rare model — only 56 were produced! The crew reported at Salford at 0930, picked up their cars at MP 4 and head- ed for Tillsonburg. We caught our first set at Macbeth Road at 0951, and then at Mount Elgin. Then we hustled in to Tillsonburg,


and thrashed our way into the photo- genic high trestle at Otter Creek. Much to our dismay there were two problems. The vegetation had grown to African jungle proportions, and the light was on the wrong side! We fought our way through and went beneath the trestle and made a passable shot from the oth- er side. We extracted ourselves and caught up with them again at the in- terchange with the Trillium Railway, and got a shot there as well. Then we headed back north, and set


up on the former Canada Southern bridge. To our dismay they came along shortly, but running as light engines. So, we went to Prouse Road, and set up an “arty” shot, but then decided we had better uses of our time, so we beat feet for Woodstock, where we intercepted the Cami job back at the diamond at


ONTARIO ADVENTURE


OPPOSITE: The Cami job with an RS-18/RS-23 combo has over 6000 feet of train as they haul west between Woodstock and Beachville. ABOVE: A CP westbound mixed freight has a pair of increasingly rare SD40-2s passes disused ivy covered telegraph poles west of Woodstock.


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