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.
Rail fanning photos in the winter at Smith Falls added, January 8th, 2021, taken 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Sunny but a cold wind.
Local Rail Photos
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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