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    Career railroader, interested in light and heavy rail, railway safety issues, public transit. Not many other interests, job has taken most of my time for many years.
  1. I worked briefly in 1973 as a CN yardman, before joining CP later that year. I worked a job one day that took us down Basin street. One of the switches I 'threw' in the street lead to Continental Cans plant. I vaguely recall them, so seeing a photo of one, even in disuse, revived a few memories for me. Thanks for posting them.
  2. That film that you saw was likely the one that took place near Granton, Ontario in the early 1970s. The film was made by a local resident in 8mm, featured on many newscasts at the time. It is shown on a commercially made VHS video a few years back. The video may still be out there for sale, not sure. Interesting to note that the line shown in that incident, StMary's junction to Sarnia has now been abandoned, except small industrial portion right in Sarnia.
  3. Those videos are very entertaining. In my 37 year career I have worked a lot of snowplows in the southern Ontario area for CPR. To reply to your questions (at least the way CPR operates them): 1/ The power for these trains is decided by the following criteria: what is available, any restrictions on the routes to be plowed(e.g. some lines can only handle 4 axle power) the amount of snow (some locations may require 2 or 3 - 4 axles to get through deep snow) the need to reverse at the end of the line ( some lines end without a wye or turntable). without turning facility at end of line, one e
  4. I would add that trains can be operated in either direction on both tracks. The signals only provide protection in the directions mentioned above for following trains, or track conditions such as open switches or broken rails. RJB
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