This page was created for those who are interested in watching and photographing trains (rail fanning). It’s a hobby enjoyed by thousands of people around the world. Unfortunately, it’s also a hobby that sometimes stirs up controversy. Remember the railroad Right of Way is private property, any time is train time and stay off the tracks.
There are a few rail fanning hot spots in Eastern Ontario. The CPR’s main line from Toronto to Montreal runs through Eastern Ontario. A VIA line runs from Montreal to Toronto via Ottawa with several trains originating in Ottawa. The CN mainline from Toronto to Montreal also runs through Eastern Ontario. It also carries VIA traffic. A branch line from Ottawa to Arnprior still operates, once a week.
Local Rail Photos
Havelock July 12, 2021
Sometimes, when we head off to Toronto, we take highway 7 and stop in at Havelock and have lunch at the Station Restaurant, which used to be CP’s Havelock station. This part of the old Havelock subdivision is still active. If you are lucky you may see a train. This particular day we were lucky and we watched a train enter the yard. We watched from the restaurant’s patio.Here’s a few shots:
October 21st, 2021
Maybe the last visit this year to Smiths Falls. Today I’m joined by a railroad buddy from Scarborough. It was a cold, fall day with a harsh wind.
The yard is very quiet but we are guaranteed at least two Via trains. It looks like the way freight with engine CP2228 is getting ready for the Glen Tay turn.
There’s a few auto racks set off on the east end of the yard.
A piece of MOW equipment.
The via trains arrive:
First the train from Toronto:
Then the train from Ottawa:
The way freight starts some switching in the yard.
One last look down the tracks and we’re off to Perth for a late lunch.
June 24th, 2021
June 24th and I’m back in the Smiths Falls rail yard. Always great to be back at MF. Beautiful weather.
No trains in the yard but some autoracks have been parked on track two.
And a CWR rail train is parked in front of the station a few tracks over.
I decide to kill some time waiting for a train to arrive. Near the station, there is an odd looking ramp. It’s the remains of the loading ramp that was was used to load flat cars for CP’s piggy back service. Three tracks serviced this loading platform.
Finally the sound of a horn. The first train to arrive is the way freight, train F55, with a load of tank cars from the Omya plant just west of Perth.
Just a few minutes later, the Via train 53 to Toronto via Brockville enters the yard. Lots of passengers on the train today.
After a long wait, the Via train 42 from Toronto heading for Ottawa arrives.
and heads onto track two. Again, lots of passengers.
It’s been another long wait for a train. Finally east bound freight, train 142, enters the yard. Worth the wait. The lead engine is a new SD70 locomotive, CP7044.
It stops for a crew change and then its off to Montreal.
Train 142 has a DPU or remote on the tail end, CP 8123.
Time to head home.
January 8th, I was off to Smiths Falls to do my first ever winter rail fanning and the first rail fanning for 2021. A few interesting cars as I look through the rail yard. Didn’t see the yard engines.
Some MOW equipment.
A lumber car.
The usual TTX box cars for a local truck company, Willis Transfer.
The excitement for today was a defective track on the turn to Brockville. Two Via trains, 52 and 53, had to pass first before the rail crew could start to work.
Clear signal. Via train 52 is close.
Train 52 from TO.
Then train 53 from Ottawa.
Train 53 leaves, lead engine 917 , rear engine 6415.
Time to get to work.
New rail is hoisted into place ….
… work continues while train 142 passes through.
Next local train F55 enters the yard returning from Glen Tay, the Omya plant.
It stops in the yard across from the station.
One last look facing east before I head out.
Finally got to Smiths Falls to do some rail fanning this summer.
These photos were taken August 6th, 2020 between 11:45 AM and 3:00 PM.
These photos were taken August 26th, 2020 between 12:15 PM and 2:00 PM. Nothing much exciting today. I missed a heritage unit earlier in the week, CP 7011.
The rolling stock in the rail yard changes from week to week. A few tracks over but behind the Railbox cars, there was an old, yellow van with the CP Multimark and some MofW equipment.
A freight, train 142, arrives next.
With no more trains reported arriving until after supper, I head home. On the way home I spot a freight car on a siding in front of the Via station on highway 29.
These photos were taken November 10th, 2020 between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM.
Who would have thought I’d been in Smiths Falls on November 10th doing some rail fanning. But that’s what happened. I got there a bit late to see Via train 52. However, it looked as though there was at train in the yard already. It turned out to be a long line of cars were set off by a previous train. Reason unknown.
Here are closeups of some of the cars.
I noticed the signal lights on the Brockville sub showed a clear signal, Via train 53 was on the way.
Today, train 142 was dropping off some empty Omya tank cars. I head east down to White’s crossing to watch the switching.
From previous years [2019-2014]
The following pictures were taken in September 2020. The double track is being removed. The CWR has been lifted, the ties and tie plates are left.
CP Heritage Train – Canada 150
Not just a whistle, not just a train – https://vimeo.com/216862615.
An F-unit diesel locomotive CP 1401 (1958) leads the train, the second locomotive is also an F-unit , CP 4107, the third locomotive, a B-series, CP1900 and last but not least another F-unit diesel locomotive, CP 4106.
CP Holiday Train
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