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Date: 06/04/19 07:55
6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: Parkcar

What's the odds that a class 1 railway (railroad to you US boys and girls) of today would mount a consist of 6 units, all GMDD,  Yesterday brought an unexpected and pleasant surprise, with a southbound empty ballast train from Calgary Alberta traversing the Aldersyde Subdivision with a crew change at Lethbridge before heading west through the Crowsnest Pass.  The occasion of course was that out of 6 units in the consist, not a single GE was present.  With that, everything else planned for the day went to the back-burner and the chase was on, even though a cloudy sky dominated for most of the morning.  The subdivision cuts SE across prairie landscapes, whereas the road network is typically east-west and north-south so chasing was an adventure.  Thankfully, no throngs of railfans out for this one, unlike UP 4014!  Anyone who thinks the prairies are flat and barren are sadly mistaken.

#1   Crossing the Highwood River south of Aldersyde Ab.
#2   Meet with the NB local switcher, headed by CN 2976, at Blackie Ab
#3   At track speed through Vulcan Alberta

Regards
Park








Date: 06/04/19 08:02
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: Parkcar

#4  Approaching the bridge over the Little Bow River at Carmangay, Ab
#5  Bridge occupied

Enjoy
Park






Date: 06/04/19 08:47
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: gaspeamtrak

Excellent !!! That "grain elevator" looks pretty"new" is it ?
That's nice to see if it is ...
Thank you for sharing !!! :):):)



Date: 06/04/19 14:40
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: perklocal

Great Catch ! The odds are pretty incredible for this lash up to be happening at all.  Still two Multi-Marks in there too.



Date: 06/04/19 17:47
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: tsokolan

Looks like they picked up that 6th unit in Calgary. The 5 SD set has been powering the Herzog ballast train in Alberta for the last week or so. The consist made a trip up to Scotford (Norht east of Edmonton) before heading south once again. A great catch in 2019 for sure!

-Trevor



Date: 06/04/19 19:39
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: inCHI

Wow, what a catch. I was up a Crowsnest last week and hoped to see anything moving but had no luck. That would have been wild to see coming up the grade.



Date: 06/05/19 00:17
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: BoostedFridge

What a great catch!  That must have sounded great going by



Date: 06/05/19 16:02
Re: 6 CP unit consist, all GMDD / EMD
Author: feclark

Almost a time warp there; the Vulcan structure looks great. I always liked the Pioneer orange.
Fred



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