Monday, January 26, 2009

"Operation Life Saver"

I've been railfanning for roughly a year and a half, and in that time, I have seen a lot of things, such as bears, people walking on the tracks in the yard (Campbellton) people being hit by trains while walking on RR bridges etc etc. No I have not seen that sort of thing but I have heard about it and read about it in the news. But one thing that I see more offten than I have seen anything else is RETARDED people crossing the tracks when a train is approching the crossing at aprox 60 mph! Lights and bells are going and yet these people disregard their own safety, the safety of the passing public and the law when they can't wait a few extra minutes for a train to go by.

This summer I have counted fifteen cars cross the tracks while the crossing lights and bells were activated. As a railroad photographer I see how fast a freight train can move and how fast those machines can creep up on you when your not paying attention.

A few weeks ago I was out railfanning chaseing the 402 and I seen a woman with a young child in the car, as she slowed down at a crossing, I was behind her, I could see the top of her childs head and I could see her looking both ways as the lights and bells were activated. She seen the train approching, I had my camera out and ready to film the train pass over the crossing (Thankfully not over her car) but as the train was less than fifty yards away she finally decided to go for it! Look I love adventure and I consider my self a "thrill junkie" but man!!! That's just retarded! Beyond stupid! A child is in her car and she completely disregarded that thought. She should have been stopped by the police and have the heavyest fine or punishable offence given to her for her stupid action.

My question is to those of you out there who "try to beat" the train is, What would you rather loose? a few minutes of your time or your life? The video I am hosting on this blog is the reason for this post, I have seen too much of this in the year and a half that I have been railfanning and wow I just can't get over how many people out there who do this sort of thing.

The typical family sized car weighs roughly about two thousand pounds? Maybe? It will take that car rougly about thirty to fifty feet to come to a complete stop at a speed of 80 to 90 Km/ph. A fully loaded freight train traveling at about the same speed will take about half a mile to maybe two miles to stop! Let's not forget the kanetic energy behind that locomotive and the physics involved! Wow we all seen the videos! We all know what happens to cars after loseing to a train. So why? Anyhow here's a video I found on Youtube and here are a few of my own pictures I took last fall of 403 entering the Campbellton yard. Here's a quote from the video, "The only thing a locomotive engineer can do is watch you die!" Rough isn't it? Well that's the only other option.

Well that's my rant! Have fun and keep chaseing those trains Safely!

VIA 17 The Chaleur

On Friday night I caught the Chaleur going through Cross Point, as it approched the former CN station it slowed down, I am not sure why they had a slow order before the crossing, however I do know, this past summer NBEC crews were working on a bridge just shy of a hundred feet from the crossing. So my guess would be there is a slow order because of the work that was done on the bridge....I don't know for sure but that would be my only guess. I will upload the video on Youtube asap!

Yesterday (Sunday 25 Jan 09) Jess and I went to Matapedia to take a few pictures of the station and a few other scenery pictures. We had a good time, I got a few black and white pictures of the bridge crossing the Restigouche River and a few of the station. I got a little artistic as you will see in the pictures. I'll upload them later for all to enjoy!

Other than that, that's all the railfanning I did this past weekend. Have fun and keep chaseing those trains!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

NBEC happenings this week.

Earlyer this past week I made a new entry to my blog and for some reason or another it didn't save so I wasn't too impressed. I let it go for a few days, however I did catch a few trains, mostly 403.

Last weekend I did catch 591 returning from Irvco with a load of boxcars and on Monday I caught it heading back to Irvco with a load of empty gondola cars. If I heard them right over the scanner, it was an empty potash train. But I never heard of Potash being transported by rail in open cars. Oh well I could be wrong. I did get a couple of videos of 591 leaving Campbellton and going through Richardsville.

So was Thursday nights 403 in trouble? I went to Dalhousie Jct to catch it there, when I heard over the scanner the detector. Everything was fine no problems detected. 403 called into RTC let them know they were approching M.P. 164.XX (Dalhousie Jct) RTC informed them there was a crew at the gated crossing working on the lights. (Which I did see but nothing to report about that yet.)

403 went past me at aprox 1943hrs but I noticed something about a quator of the way past me, the train put on his brakes! Why? I figured they had to slow down for the work crew at the lights. I didn't think much of it after that. Minutes later 403 was cleared of the crossing and I was on my way back to Campbellton to chase it. I notied right away there was a very loud hissing noise coming from the last car.

Normally when I start my chase 403 is past the gated crossing, I usually catch up with it along the way because they have a slow order near Mclauds. 403 was stopped on the crossing. I have posted a video on Youtube and a conversation between 403 and the work crew at the corssing.

The first few seconds of the transmission I got a bit of interfearance from the Environment Canada channel. Oh yes...And credit for the video goes to Jessie, she did a great job and she set aside the cold weather for the sake of Railfanning! Here here Jess! Great job.

So to sum it all up 403 was loseing air which would have been bad for the brakes. Also earlyer this week I receved an email from CN informing they're customers that trains in Atlantic Canada will be shorter and there will be delays due to the extreem cold we had for about a week and a half. CN was concerned about hoses freezing and not enough time to stop if the trains had too.

Last night I just so happen to meet up with 403 on my way back from Dalhouse, didn't expect that! However I didn't have my camera or scanner. So no video, too bad because it had started to snow a bit and it would have been a perfect shot as well!!! OH well there's always another time. 403 arrived at the Jct at 2000hrs.

Last night's 403 had NBEC 6906 in the lead and CFMG 6902(?) Thursdays 403 had NBEC 6906 Seen here from late July 2007 and NBEC 6900.
Well that's it for me this week with trains, have fun and keep chaseing those trains.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Saturday in Moncton

Well I spent Saturday and most of Sunday morning in Moncton, come to find out Matt (stjohnrailfan) and a few other railfans were in Moncton as well. I was to meet up with them at Gort around 1700 but looks like I was half an hour late to catch them, however I did catch the 15 arriving at the Moncton station and CN 308 slowly pulling it's way into Gort.

I wanted to stay a little while longer to catch the 15 go rolling past but it light was dimming fast and the tempeture was dropping really fast! So I decided to give up my wait on the 15 and head back to the hotel and spend the rest of the night in warmth!

Sunday morning my plan was to catch the 14 arriving through Gort but again the wait was too much and decided to call it off and head home. Not a whole lot going on, didn't really do much railfanning this weekend, though I did get some trains didn't really venture out too much other than what's been mentioned. Well here are some pictures I did take, I'll post the video of the 15 arriving at the station later today on Youtube. Have fun and keep chaseing those trains!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Short history of the INR

Today I was searching the web for information on the former INR and came across a piece written by Doc Berthelot on Irene Doyle's web site about geneoloigy. Here is the link for those interested.
Two years ago I had met Mr. Berthelot at his cabin in Upsalquich a former CN caboose numbered, CN 78496. I have several pictures from that day when I went there take pictures of it. He informed me he was a supertenant for CN and now is retired. Here are some of my pictures of the INR and of Mr Berthelot's caboose.The former Upsalquich station. Destroyed by fire in the early 1920's and rebuilt and finally closed in the 1950's
The largest bridge on the INR which crosses the Upsalquich river was built in 1903.

A winter shot of the bridge.Just past the caboose.And lastly this was taken near Christopher Brook. Roughly about ten to fifteen miles away from Upsalquich.Well that's about it for me for trains today, I just might catch the fifteen tonight, I'm not sure still debateing it. Have fun and keep chasing those trains!