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https://globalnews.ca/news/4873508/canadian-railways-congestion/

Seems like record profits and lack of investment in infrastructure has bit the railways in the butt. In a way it's good to see that they are doing well but are there long term goals to increase capacity on their networks? I know CN is spending a bunch of cash to extend sidings and double track some areas. What is CP doing to alleviate this problem?

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Ex. CP boxcars 21712 and 80356 in the City of Medicine Hat's compound. They are used as extra storage.

On 80356, you can still see the old logo (pre "Pac-Man")

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CP Sightings from today (Medicine Hat, AB):

FP7 1418 and 1424 on display at a park downtown

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Caboose, locomotive in front of the railway station in the downtown rail yard

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Not sure what this is, but it was also downtown

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Rail cars in the old paint just outside of downtown

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6 hours ago, Shaun said:

If these F units can be restored, would they run? Are the prime motors intact?

They are just shells, as far as I can tell. No propulsion systems inside.

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9 hours ago, Enviro_1203 said:

CP 1201 sitting outside its new home in the new Ingenium Storage Facility beside Canada’s Science and Technology Museum,

 

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Would be phenomenal to see the old girl run again ... dare to dream. 

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It appears that Chemin de fer de la Gaspésie operates, along with 1819 and 1849, a third RS-18 that appears to be former or current LMCX 1821 (Chemin de fer Charlevoix).

Picture by Gilles Gagné, Le Soleil. Article here, evocating a study ro bring back rail between Thetford Mines and Vallée-Jonction https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/sommet-sur-le-transport-ferroviaire-une-strategie-pour-le-prochain-quart-de-siecle-f15fde386e7da42977be09b84fee1b0a

En plus d'annoncer une imminente stratégie ferroviaire, ce qui ne s'est pas vu au Québec depuis presque 30 ans, le ministre Bonnardel s'est engagé à accélérer la réfection du tronçon gaspésien. Il n'a toutefois pas donné d'idée au sujet de la réduction du présent délai de six ans.

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A lot of track work has been going on in the past week on the Québec Central. KLN has been replacing one out of three ties between Scott (current end of service) and Vallée junctions on behalf of the MTQ. There seems to be some work done on the Belair river bridge as well.

Even though the return of a train to Lac-Frontière or Saint-Anselme is highly unlikely (on both subs, biking trail replaced rail), there seems to be something positive about the Sherbrooke/Québec City connection.

Here are some scrap ties on a siding in front of the first Vachon bakery. Mmmmm... Cake 🍰 and fresh new ties 🛤

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On 5/27/2020 at 10:03 PM, webfil said:

A lot of track work has been going on in the past week on the Québec Central. KLN has been replacing one out of three ties between Scott (current end of service) and Vallée junctions on behalf of the MTQ. There seems to be some work done on the Belair river bridge as well.

Even though the return of a train to Lac-Frontière or Saint-Anselme is highly unlikely (on both subs, biking trail replaced rail), there seems to be something positive about the Sherbrooke/Québec City connection.

Here are some scrap ties on a siding in front of the first Vachon bakery. Mmmmm... Cake 🍰 and fresh new ties 🛤

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How many trains per day does that line see now?

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On 5/29/2020 at 8:04 PM, Shaun said:

How many trains per day does that line see now?

Some to none.

The MTQ leases the line to Chemin de fer Sartigan, who, with its RS-18 and RS-23, hauls short (sometimes 1-car) convoys of grain, steel and wood cars between Joffre yard and Scott for its 2 main clients, Logibel (transhipment & logistics) and Breton (grain). Bunge used to be a large client, but with the sale of Saint-Lambert silos to Comagro in 2019, I wouldn't know. KLN rail maintenance also has a facility in Saint-Lambert.

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A good ol' TM4500 hauling hopper cars full of ballast in Vallée-Jonction, fueling hopes for an eventual reopening of the line. Another contract was given for the reconstruction of the Morency river bridge, severly damaged during the 2017 and 2019 floods. Two major obstacles remain to full operations : Vallée bridge is deemed unfit for trafic, damaged by ice movements a while ago, and part of the railway slided onto the Black Lake mine.

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On 5/27/2020 at 10:03 PM, webfil said:

A lot of track work has been going on in the past week on the Québec Central. KLN has been replacing one out of three ties between Scott (current end of service) and Vallée junctions on behalf of the MTQ. There seems to be some work done on the Belair river bridge as well.

Even though the return of a train to Lac-Frontière or Saint-Anselme is highly unlikely (on both subs, biking trail replaced rail), there seems to be something positive about the Sherbrooke/Québec City connection.

Here are some scrap ties on a siding in front of the first Vachon bakery. Mmmmm... Cake 🍰

I have a question about the loading of double stack cars. I'm sure that there is logic behind it, but why are they not loaded in order? I would think that by having empty light cars at the front of the train, would result in the heavy trains in the car to cause it to crash into the front of the train during an emergency braking situation or on a sharp curve. 

 

 

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Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody could help me find out any information on this locomotive, seen in the Walkley Yard, Ottawa, June 1991. 

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I have been trying to find some info online, but to no avail.

Photo is my own. 

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On 6/25/2020 at 9:48 PM, Charlie said:

Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody could help me find out any information on this locomotive, seen in the Walkley Yard, Ottawa, June 1991. 

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I have been trying to find some info online, but to no avail.

Photo is my own. 

I don't think that you're likely to find much historical information for such a small operation online, to be honest.

 

Your best bet will be to find a Canadian Trackside Guide of that era. The more recent editions are not likely to have retained and carried over the information for that unit from issue-to-issue.

 

Dan

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