Yep. I’m fresh out of clever titles. Pretty soon I’ll be resorting to just using the day for my post titles. It should make hyperlinking a little easier.
Today’s total train count was 3, but only two of the power sets were unique.
First up was 501 with CP 8646 and BNSF 4723. You may have heard of Microsoft’s Train Simulator computer program. It’s quite dated now, but it was one of the first modern, semi-realistic drive-a-train computer simulations available. The American freight route in the program featured BNSF 4723 and the real locomotive has a little sticker acknowledging this fact.
Before 501 was stopped on the American side of the border, the Sarnia Yardmaster (I think) realized the 4723 was supposed to be part of something else, later tonight in Sarnia, and requested the crew bring the second unit back along with some loaded autoracks that had been set out on the Port Huron side by an earlier train.
Before the 4723 could return (as L390), a U720 showed up and ran straight through the yard into the tunnel. This was the first of two BNSF lead trains I would see today. The second and third units were CN 8843 and CN 2521. The train mostly consisted of ADMX and UTLX tank cars, and was a run through from the BNSF, as evidenced by the BNSF buffer cars on either end of the train.
After reviewing yesterday’s post a couple times, I decided to post another shot of the 8101. The angle of the sun I’ve been shooting in this weekend has been rather tough for getting a good look at the power on the trains and I was able to get a few better lit photos than the one I posted last night. Here’s a going away shot of the 8101. It was really cool to see it and to see it leading.
With tomorrow being Easter, I don’t believe I’ll have the opportunity to get trackside, so if I’m able to post tomorrow night, it’ll be something from the archives.