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Date: 08/02/19 19:47
Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: tsokolan

As part of my recent trip to railfan CN's Peace River Sub, I also shot action on other lines in the area. Here's a few of the "random" images

#1 The kick off shot of my trip was lensing Southbound A418 on the Westlock Sub. The freight is seen here passing the derelict pole line near Mearns Alberta on July 8 2019

#2 L505 crosses the Athabasca River at Smith AB, on the Slave Lake Sub. The train is returning from switching the Mistue industrial park, west of Smith. I almost missed this local as I was about to leave Smith to intercept A419. Thanks to my radio scanner, I heard the L505 get a clearance into Smith before I ventured too far away.

#3 A couple hours after shooting the L505 I finally caught up to the A419 as the train nears Mclennen AB. 

-Trevor



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/03/19 05:01 by tsokolan.








Date: 08/02/19 19:52
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: tsokolan

#4 L504's crew works the yard at Mclennan on July 8 2019

#5 Back on the Peace River Sub, the L506 rolls into Grimshaw Alberta with a pair of GP40-2W's for power. The crew will switch out gondolas to be loaded with scrap metal before returning to Roma Junction. July 9 2019

#6 Southbound L532 passes through farm country at Mile 17 of the Manning Sub on July 14 2019. The Manning and connecting Meander River Subs are restricted to 4 axle power, which on CN translates to lash up's of well worn GP40-2W's.

-Trevor








Date: 08/02/19 22:22
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: feclark

Nice coverage, Trevor! It's so nice to see non-ES/ET GE consists. The Athabasca River looks like about the nastiest water you can imagine - I'm guessing lots of silt from run-off from our daily rains.
Fred



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Date: 08/03/19 05:49
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: ns1000

Nice pics!!  My favorite is Pic 2.



Date: 08/03/19 09:50
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: TCnR

Thanks for the tour. That last photo with the two GP40W's is pretty impressive, never seen anything that bad and I'm an SP fan.
t4p.



Date: 08/03/19 14:40
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: yarrow

very nice.  thanks



Date: 08/03/19 17:25
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: Locotrol2

There must be a lot more business out of Mitsue now to warrant 2 SD40-2's.

When I first went up north in 2007 L505 always was assigned a single GP40-2L. By 2010 it was a single SD40-2.

Nice shot of the bridge!

Locotrol2


> #2 L505 crosses the Athabasca River at Smith AB,
> on the Slave Lake Sub. The train is returning from
> switching the Mistue industrial park, west of
> Smith. I almost missed this local as I was about
> to leave Smith to intercept A419. Thanks to my
> radio scanner, I heard the L505 get a clearance
> into Smith before I ventured too far away.

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Date: 08/04/19 07:02
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: tsokolan

Locotrol2 Wrote:
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> There must be a lot more business out of Mitsue
> now to warrant 2 SD40-2's.
>
> When I first went up north in 2007 L505 always was
> assigned a single GP40-2L. By 2010 it was a single
> SD40-2.
>
> Nice shot of the bridge!
>
> Locotrol2
>
I'm not sure what's all coming out of Mitsue, the short time I spent there the pulp mill was in full operation, along with a couple of smaller places shipping out lumber loads. There was one other place that had covered hoppers, but I'm not sure what the commodity was. The engineer was based ot of Mclennan, since I saw him on a 527 a few days later, and was pretty hard to miss since he was wearing ear muff hearing protection.

-Trevor



Date: 08/04/19 18:19
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: Northern

Is this tackage former Canadian Northern or Grand Trunk Pacific?



Date: 08/04/19 19:50
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: cn1063

Northern Alberta Railway, 50/50 ownership split between CN and CP.  In 1981, CN bought CP's share and assumed 100% ownership.



Date: 08/05/19 07:33
Re: Random Images from CN Lines in Northern Alberta
Author: inCHI

Excellent photos, really neat to see that area.



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