A collection of rail encounters during my runs in and around the Greater Toronto Area, and wherever else I may be. I grew up near the 'coal banks' in Sydney, N.S. and often played on the coal train cars. I'm also an avid runner having logged over 20,000 miles. Here I put them both together.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Hey, a cool double track crossing on a heavy line
And right in town. Town of Markham, that is.
I was tracing the lines of the York Sub on Google maps and saw a road level crossing over Hwy 14. I'm sure it's well known, but not to me. I popped over after work just to get a feel for the location.
Situated just west of Warden Ave, lots of places to park, a sidewalk crossing the tracks, shade (very convenient), and a familiar business amongst modellers, George's Trains, just off the line.
I waited around for most of an hour, with nothing showing up. Took some snaps with my phone, listened for any indication of approaching units, nuttin'.
As I pocketed my phone and crossed the tracks to head back to the car, sure enough, lights flash and bells ring. I scoot back over to the sunlight side as a pair of CN EMDs round the bend from the SW and give some satisfying horn action as a mixed consist, mostly tankers, head east. No idea what numbers they were. Shooting with the phone is pretty challenging in a bright, noisy situation.
After it disappeared I headed out but will return very soon. Next time I'll bring the Nikon 5000 and the handycam to get some audio/vid of that nice horn blast.