Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Sunday, May 28, 2006

A week of trains trains trains

Nothing like a little railfan trip on the May 24th long weekend. Visitng Dad, I had a chance on Sunday Morning to take a short trip just west of Toronto. It was a bad day for stills so I went to my archive to show you the action.

Picture was taken at GUELPH JUNCTION

Take the Guelph Line exit from the 401 south to Campbellville. Turn west onto Campbellville Road. Turn north onto Guelph Junction Road (station road), which is the second road after you cross the tracks.

Guelph Junction is at mile 39 of the Canadian Pacific Galt Subdivision, just west of Campbellville. This is CP's mainline track between Toronto and Detroit, and is quite busy. Also, the Hamilton Subdivision connects here for a few trains headed to and from Buffalo. The best time to catch trains is from about 4:00 P.M. until dusk. Be advised that in the summer, this area can be quite hot and muggy. There is no shade, and that's a downer -- on the other hand, since summer is right short here, the wide open, sunny environs are welcomed much of the year. Sit in your car and soak up some heat between trains.

Next I went to the HALTON HILLS AREA

Take Highway 25 (now regional road 25) north of the 401. Turn east (right) onto 10 Sideroad. Then turn north (left) at 3rd Line (just before the crossing). Mile 30 is about 1/3 mile on the right. This train was heading up grade to Toronto from Burlington.

Relatively high traffic here, and you are able to shoot slightly down at the locomotives. You can shoot here all day, with only a short half hour or so around 2:00 P.M. with bad light. The only drawback here is that people like to use the area as a dump. However the railfans have done a great job cleaning the area and cutting the brush back for photo ops. It was unfortunate that it was a cold and wet day.

On the next Friday I went to Michel Boucher's D&H in Aylmer Quebec. The Friday Night boys had great fun operating his layout. Here are some additional videos taken. There are some on Mike Hamer' blog as well.


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