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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Moncton Part 2 (Kind Of)

It's funny, I don't even feel like posting the second part of the day in Moncton. Yeah, I know, that's what a blog is for. I think if you've seen the videos already, you know how it went.

But to newer news. I had to go in to Saint John on Tuesday to work for the day. I noticed that sitting in Island Yard was an old friend to CN 405/406, an SD70M-2 8000 series unit, 8020, to be more precise. I had a quick coffee break around 2:45pm and noticed they were coupled up to their train. I waited around in town, but they never departed (I didn't have my scanner with me). So I went back to work until around 3:30, then I went home. I had no idea if they had left yet or not. After about 15 minutes at home, I heard the blow of the loud horn in Quispamsis (I somehow missed it blowing for the 3 crossings in Rothesay). I quick jump in the car, I raced to Hampton, barely making it on time for this shot:

I had no time to set up the tripod. It was nice to see that K5LLA horn in person again. Hope it sticks around for a little longer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Moncton on Saturday - Part 1

The CN Safety Day was going on this past Saturday, so I decided to venture up to check out the activities. Although I didn't go up to Moncton as early as I normally would have. I was awake at 4:00am, showered and was ready to hit the road by 4:30. A quick glance at my email, I discovered that CN 406 passed by Petitcodiac at around 2:30am. I know that it takes about 2 hours for the train to get to Rothesay from there, so that was good timing in my part to be ready to leave 2 hours later. Thanks Jeremy for the info. As I walked outside, I could hear the GE and GP38's climbing the hill into Quispamsis. Definately a nice sound only I could love. I decided to make a detour into Saint John...well, not into Saint John, but just outside, at the entrance to the Kenebecasis Park road. I arrived about 3 minutes before 406 did, and here is the result:

Not a bad way to start the trip. A quick stop for gas and coffee, and I was ready to hit the road. I arrived in Moncton at around 6am. All was quiet until around 8:30am, when CN 305's crew were ready to move and collect their train. While I was waiting, I saw CN 8853 over near the intermodal pad. I assumed they were using that unit for the Safety Day, and I was right.

(Here it is heading over to the shops)

At around 8:30am, Kevin, aka KRG2645 showed, and we talked for a few minutes, then decided to venture over to Berry Mills to catch CN 305 depart. When we arrived, we both set up for our shots. I decided to try a different angle. Hopefully it turned out alright. I decided to save this video in HQ, as Youtube has been uploading my videos slower lately, and this video was a large file.

It really got interesting after that.

Part 2 later...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Few Older Videos

Here are a few older videos from this past winter that I forgot to upload:

December 8, 2008:

January 22, 2009:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Youtube Beta

Well, I'm still on the fence about what I'm going to do with the new "Beta" look for my Youtube page. I do like the new look of it, it seems more organized and such. My only downfall with it, unless it's been fixed already, is that when you look and click on one of my videos on the right of the page, if it's in HQ, you can't actually watch it in HQ. However, if it's in HD, that option will show up.

I'm pretty sure it's just a bug somewhere. Maybe I'll switch back to the new "beta" look, of course, just for now.

Rock on,