Back in January I photographed a freight extra on the Port Rowan branch, to document a typical operating session.
There are a lot of photos to upload and describe, so I’m going to share this in sections. In this first section, the crew on CNR 10-wheeler 1560 works west with five cars plus a van, and the photographer captures their switching at St. Williams.
With bell ringing, X1560 West arrives at St. Williams and crawls across the Charlotteville Street crossing with the assistance of the station agent, who is flagging the traffic. (He doesn’t always have time to do that but it does save the ears of the family who live in the blue house across from the depot, and they often give him a pie to take home, for which he’s grateful.)
There are two cars to collect from the spur at St. Williams, and two cars to spot here, so it’s a busy day!
Meantime, our head-end brakeman heads forward to unlock the switch to the spur. He watches as the locomotive and first two cars pull past the switch and signals the engineer to stop. He then lines the switch for the spur and signals for the engineer to come back:
(The guys are working safely, yet quickly and efficiency, today – they must be eager for lunch in Port Rowan!)
The crew reassembles their train, lines and locks switches for the main, and performs a brake test. With three cars and a van in the train now, it doesn’t take long. Everything looks good, so the engineer whistles off and with bell ringing, X1560 West departs St. Williams, crossing a short overpass as it heads into the Lyn Valley: