Saturday, December 8, 2018

1983 CNR Kingston Sub Wreck at Hanley Spur

Circa 1983 a CN freight put a number of cars onto the ground near the Hanley Spur switch. 
These photos show equipment as it was mustered at the site.

From the same film, is this pre-restoration photo of the Napanee station.

Turning onto Princess Street from Sydenham Road is vehicle drawn to the wreck.
The crumpled right front fender behind it must be a Kingston taxi.

A heavy road/rail crane gets on the rails at the Counter Street crossing.

With the flanged wheels down and the crane registering its presence in the block,
the gates and signals are activated.

A 'hot' eastbound freight sits crewless in Queens Track 4.

Some rail enthusiasts from the local community are exchanging notes.
That may be a Sony Betacam I see beside the fence.
The rails of the Hanley Spur and the pole line leading to the old Kingston station can be seen.
The new cut (bypassing the old station) is partly visible to the left.

Here is the wreck - looking northeast from the Montreal Street overpass.
The local CN constable may be on duty.
Again, you can see the Hanley Spur leading off to the right.

Highway 401 can be seen near the left horizon.
This marsh is on the Cataraqui River.

A few seconds earlier, I zoomed in on the location.

The Toronto Auxiliary passes by the Kingston station.

Once on-call auxiliary crew were rallied, it was a slow trip to the site of the wreck.
There is so much heavy and loose equipment, and the cars are occupied, so slow is safe.

At Schreiber, the Thunder Bay auxiliary travelled at 30mph.
The food in the auxiliary's cook/diner/sleeper was very tasty
after a long overnight engine assignment at a wreck.

A replacement VIA 'train' can be seen at the left margin.

Looking at this image - almost 40 years later - the consist resembles a museum train.
The 'state of the art' marker and inspection lights give the tailend a 1980s New Wave appearance.

(The caboose shade does seem to be more red than Morency Orange.)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Brockville, May 1981, Part 3 (More Work for the Carmen)

As darkness begins to fall, the last few switching moves are made at Brockville. 

To see the earlier parts of this series, here are the links:

Brockville, May 1981, Part 2

As Number 46 departs up the CPR Brockville Sub, the power for Number 56 waits for the switch.

No 46 begins its maximum 40 mph trip up to Smiths Falls,
56's power makes its move.

The semaphore governs the CPR Loop Line to the Brockville waterfront.

A clear signal beckons.

With his hammer, carman's lantern, and ankle bands
(to prevent his pant cuffs from catching on passing equipment)
the carmen prepares to make the joint.

After the safety stop, he prepares the knuckle to hopefully make a good joint the first time.

If you follow the coach air hoses back, you can see the relative pipe sizes of the
train (air brake) line and the communicating signal line (above the train line, thinner).

The hammer is propped on the inside of the rail,
before it is used to secure the locking fittings of the Barco steam line connection.

I thought the 'rumpled tan raincoat' at the joint looked like the traditional outfit of a master mechanic/official
(as seen high on the tenders of refuelling steam locomotives in excursion service).

On closer inspection ...
He may be attending to the needs of the author/historian/dignitary
who seems to be wearing a nametag on his right chest
and a white engineer's cap.
There seems to be a crowd in the cab on departing.

(I checked, and OS Nock wrote about the 'corridor' trains way back when the old
'outer' Kingston station was still on the long curve.)

Time to go.

And a nice freight to round out the evening.