A serenely seasonal spring day was the reason for a drive to Belleville on Saturday, April 18. From the south side of Airport Parkway, VIA 6425 hustles four cars westbound at 1013 with Ren-painted 3332 on the tail end.
Cresting the rise, CN No 371 approaches Mitchell Road at 1020 with 2235-2605:
Passing in review (above) and undulating into Belleville:
Winchester & Western WWUX covered hoppers 4750-4768-4592-4510-4350-4369 may be heading to Havelock's Kawartha Lakes Railway to take on another load of precious nepheline syenite. The taggers encountered them before I did.
LATX 7010 and red CNLX www.cn.ca-scheme covered hoppers 10190, 9012, 8926 on the tail end. Watch for an upcoming post on the LATX Lantic Sugar cylindrical covered hoppers, brought to you by Rapido Trains!
On the east end of a recent set-out in Belleville yard, this Hyster fork lift reposes aboard HTTX 92037 - I'm not sure if it ended up in Kingston or in Belleville.
GP9RM yard power 7068-4141 would soon disappear from Belleville East after being wyed and readied to run westward.
At OMG Chemicals on Dussek Street, TEIX tank cars 25124 and 2423 wait in the shadow of the building. OMG!
At the IKO roofing-granule transload facility north of the yard, short covered hoppers are still being loaded, though some of the traffic reportedly has gone to CP transloading in Havelock. I visited this facility previously in August, 2014.
Switching two cuts to make CN No 517, the conductor is adding the TIBS. The now-wyed yard power needs headroom at the Belleville station. It appears the 517 train symbol is an as required round-up of local traffic for furtherance to Oshawa or on to Toronto MacMillan Yard, as well as allowing the Belleville yard power to go in for servicing or periodic replacement. Hadn't heard of it before, but then again I live east of Belleville, not west!Interestingly, loyal Trackside Treasure reader and blog partner Robert McDonald photographed 4141 when she was still 4241 back in June, 1958! Since this is the year of photographing the mundane, I did a photo summary of the traffic on CN No 517: ITLX 441541, one of ten such ITLX, NAHX and EAMX covered hoppers, either carrying cement from Bath Lafarge or roofing granules loaded in Belleville:
Ex-Boston & Maine AEQX 3020, one of three such cars in the train:
ACFX 44717, one of two short ACF covered hoppers in the train:
One of these things is not like the other: CN 618149, newly-repainted. Perhaps set out by CN No 369:
ACTX 210040, hydrogen fluoride tank from Cameco, Port Hope. Then followed unphotographed TEIX 2425, ten PROX tanks from Coco Paving, Millhaven, and five ACFX/PROX/NATX tank cars from Gibson Gas at Millhaven
Kingston Invista INVX 38293, one of thirteen DBUX, TILX and GATX tanks and INVX covered hoppers from Kingston Invista. Subconsciously, I must have considered the tank cars TOO mundane to photograph, since I didn't take any photos of them!
With 2700 feet and a 45 mph speed restriction, CN No 517 would soon head westward after some VIA trains cleared.
Don't be concerned about why someone in BC is modelling Flin Flon MB in HO. Not anymore than you would be concerned about why someone in Kingston is modelling Vancouver. Enjoy Marc Simpson's Hudson Bay Railway Flin Flon Sub in HO, now a right sidebar blog partner. Welcome, Mark. Keep up the great blogging and modelling of CN ballast pits, grain trains and HBR oddities!
Some recent reading:
FOUNDERS - James Wesley, Rawles' futurist view of a (more-)armed America after a banking collapse. It's every man (and woman) for himself, including protagonists walking on the train tracks. Author spends a lot of time on gun nomenclature. Purchased this one in the U.S.
CALL OF THE NORTHLAND - Thomas Blampied's easy-to-read story of the Ontario Northland's passenger trains including his amusing trip account. It's difficult to be 'new in town' in Cochrane! Bought my copy at the Toronto Railway Museum.
LIVING WITH HONOR - inspirational account of America's newest Congressional Medal of Honor winner. After receiving the call from President Obama about the upcoming medal presentation, Sal Giunta replies "Roger, Mr President!" Also an American purchase...hooo-ah!