Category Archives: trains

VIA Eastbound

A VIA passenger train at the Canadian National (CN) station in Belleville, Ontario. This train has arrived from Toronto and is heading to Montreal – yes – we do have passenger rail service in Canada. Sometimes you have to see … Continue reading

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Canadian Pacific Jordan Spreader

CP 8206 and CP 8248 have been at the Trenton yard shuttling cars around for a few weeks – I assume that this is being done as training for crews. CP 402898 is a bit of an unusual sight – … Continue reading

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FRED and the caboose

Until the 1980s, laws in the United States and Canada required all freight trains to have a caboose and a full crew, for safety. The caboose provided the train crew with a shelter at the rear of the train. The … Continue reading

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CP Trenton

Looking toward Kingston from Trenton, you can get a bit of an idea of how important the Canadian Pacific Trenton yards once were.   This is what they did look like – a very extensive facility that is now a … Continue reading

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The wagon wheel effect

The wagon-wheel effect (stroboscopic effect) is an optical illusion in which a spoked wheel appears to rotate differently from its true rotation. The wheel can appear to rotate more slowly than the true rotation, it can appear stationary, or it … Continue reading

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Train Geekery

Above, a Canadian Pacific freight train heading west toward Brighton and Toronto. Below, a Canadian National freight train heading east toward Brockville and Montreal. Video © 2012 CKB

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Train Geekery – Via east and west

CN 5738 heading west from Brighton, Ontario toward Toronto. And a pair of VIA passenger trains… © 2012 CKB

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Train Geekery CEFX 1019, CP 5788, CP 5879 and CP 9516

CEFX 1019 and CP 9516 pass by, heading east toward Montreal, then CP 5788 and CP 5879 can proceed toward the trestle across the Trent, heading west toward Toronto. © 2012

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Train Geekery – CP and CP 4652

CP 8216 and CP 4652 with four cars heading to the trestle over the Trent. EMD GP40-2 CP 4652 was born in 1977 as B&M 310. Sold at some point to Helm it became HATX 506. In 1999 it was … Continue reading

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Train Geekery – CN 2227

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