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Date: 11/23/21 09:30
The Ocean at Folly Lake, 2009
Author: cn6218

I was at Folly Lake, above the Wentworth Valley in Nova Scotia, on September 6, 2009 to record the Ocean traveling through.

VIA 14, led by prototype F40PH-3 rebuild 6400, is just passing the hot box detector at mile 25 of the Springhill Sub.  The train's arrival coincided with a cloud blocking the sun, so some shadow recovery was needed to make this photo presentable.

I don't think they took the siding that day (I didn't shoot any other trains), but I somehow got to the other end of the lake for this broadside on the causeway.  The second F40, 6402, was one of the production versions, with 3 headlights and an extended cowl at the rear containing a separate HEP generator.

The final image is the train ducking under the former Trans Canada Highway on the approach to Londonderry.  Getting some light in this cut required the train to be running about an hour late, so luck was on my side in more ways than one this day.  Today the trees are even higher on both sides of the cut, making this scene even harder to capture.  At least the traffic isn't as busy as it was when this was the main highway.

6400 retained the prime mover powered HEP generator like all factory F40s, and might have been upgraded, except for a career ending wreck at St-Charles-de-Bellechasse in February of 2010.  The crew on VIA 15 missed some snow covered signals and entered the siding at close to 60 mph.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities, and all the other equipment was eventually returned to service.  But 6400, with a bent frame, was retired a few days later.  The TSB report:  Railway Investigation Report R10Q0011 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada (tsb.gc.ca)

GTD








Date: 11/23/21 13:48
Re: The Ocean at Folly Lake, 2009
Author: newtonville150

The first VIA F40PH-2 to be rebuilt and upgraded. This unit's apprearance differed from the subsequent rebuilds.
Seen here leading J-train 52/40 at Cobbledick Road, Newcastle, ON (CN Clarke East, Kingston sub) on February 23rd, 2007,
shortly after it was rebuilt. It's a shame it only lasted three years before the wreck at St-Charles-de-Bellechasse.

It was a bitterly cold day when I shot this, and as I recall about ten minutes before the train showed up I had locked myself out
of my car with my camera and phone inside. The driver's window was open about 1 inch and I managed to find a stick that
allowed me to reach in and press the door lock switch. Thus I was able to get the shot and save myself a long walk home.

..John Reay
Springhill, NS


 



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/23/21 13:52 by newtonville150.




Date: 11/23/21 17:35
Re: The Ocean at Folly Lake, 2009
Author: feclark

cn6218 Wrote:
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> I was at Folly Lake, above the Wentworth Valley in
> Nova Scotia, on September 6, 2009 to record the
> Ocean traveling through.
>
> VIA 14, led by prototype F40PH-3 rebuild 6400, is
> just passing the hot box detector at mile 25 of
> the Springhill Sub.  The train's arrival
> coincided with a cloud blocking the sun, so some
> shadow recovery was needed to make this photo
> presentable.
>
> I don't think they took the siding that day (I
> didn't shoot any other trains), but I somehow got
> to the other end of the lake for this broadside on
> the causeway.  The second F40, 6402, was one of
> the production versions, with 3 headlights and an
> extended cowl at the rear containing a separate
> HEP generator.
>
> The final image is the train ducking under the
> former Trans Canada Highway on the approach to
> Londonderry.  Getting some light in this cut
> required the train to be running about an hour
> late, so luck was on my side in more ways than one
> this day.  Today the trees are even higher on
> both sides of the cut, making this scene even
> harder to capture.  At least the traffic isn't as
> busy as it was when this was the main highway.
>
> 6400 retained the prime mover powered HEP
> generator like all factory F40s, and might have
> been upgraded, except for a career ending wreck at
> St-Charles-de-Bellechasse in February of 2010. 
> The crew on VIA 15 missed some snow covered
> signals and entered the siding at close to 60
> mph.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities, and
> all the other equipment was eventually returned to
> service.  But 6400, with a bent frame, was
> retired a few days later.  The TSB
> report:  Railway Investigation Report R10Q0011 -
> Transportation Safety Board of Canada (tsb.gc.ca)
>
> GTD

The third shot is really nice.
Fred



Date: 11/23/21 17:37
Re: The Ocean at Folly Lake, 2009
Author: feclark

newtonville150 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> The first VIA F40PH-2 to be rebuilt and upgraded.
> This unit's apprearance differed from the
> subsequent rebuilds.
> Seen here leading J-train 52/40 at Cobbledick
> Road, Newcastle, ON (CN Clarke East, Kingston sub)
> on February 23rd, 2007,
> shortly after it was rebuilt. It's a shame it only
> lasted three years before the wreck
> at St-Charles-de-Bellechasse.
>
> It was a bitterly cold day when I shot this, and
> as I recall about ten minutes before the train
> showed up I had locked myself out
> of my car with my camera and phone inside. The
> driver's window was open about 1 inch and I
> managed to find a stick that
> allowed me to reach in and press the door lock
> switch. Thus I was able to get the shot and save
> myself a long walk home.
>
> ..John Reay
> Springhill, NS
>
>  

Fortunate for you, right? I'm wondering if I have to go back and look at my LRC shots. Do two of those cars have big mushrooms/vents on the roof, or is that something in the background?
Fred



Date: 11/23/21 18:36
Re: The Ocean at Folly Lake, 2009
Author: newtonville150

feclark Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------

> Fortunate for you, right? I'm wondering if I have
> to go back and look at my LRC shots. Do two of
> those cars have big mushrooms/vents on the roof,
> or is that something in the background?
> Fred

Those are the original wi-fi domes, long since replaced by smaller roof-mounted antennae as
technology changed.

..jr



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