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December 17th, 2006
We got up well before dawn to arrive at Paris on time for the two endangered NS trains in spite of poor weather. NS #328 showed up with two cars exactly at sunrise, followed by VIA #70, #71, CN #391 with interesting power, CN #148, and NS #327 with a conrail-painted leader. We headed up to Ayr and caught CP #159 followed shortly by CP #257, a single unit light power, before heading to Breslau for VIA #85 and GEXR #432... which chose this day to not run.
(map) Paris is just West of Brantford on the CN Dundas sub and was once the site of the junction between the Dundas sub and the completely defunct Drumbo sub that connected Paris and Stratford. There's also a large trestle in Paris.
NS #328 sporting two engines and two cars breaks the early morning calm.
VIA #70 passes through Paris Junction.
VIA #671 marks the coming of daylight at Paris Junction.
CN #391 brings a war bonnet home.
CN #148 heads for Toronto.
NS #327 brings with it the soothing sound of a Conrail horn.
(map) Ayr is between Wolverton and Cambridge on the CP Galt sub and houses a small backtrack yard and the Ayr Pit Spur.
CP #159 crosses Reidsville Rd outside Ayr.
CP #257 crosses Reidsville Rd outside Ayr with one new GEVO, light power.
(map) Cambridge is the home of Babcock and Wilcox, Toyota, the CP Waterloo sub, the CP Galt sub, the CN ex-Fergus sub and a lot of trains.
(map) This is a small town between Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo on the GEXR Guelph Sub.
VIA #85 flies through Shantz Station Terminal and over the detector at 56.2.