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2293 results for 2021; refer to date index:


February 15th, 2021

We ventured down to Red Deer and back to see what we could find.


April 1st, 2021

We stopped to catch a CP northbound with foreign and heritage power on our way to Calgary.


April 2nd, 2021

We headed down to Calgary and across to Banff to explore, catching one at Morant's Curve.


April 13th, 2021

We ran across a rail train working on the bridge at Bretville Jct while working on some errands.


April 24th, 2021

We went off to find a caboose I had spotted south of Bretville Jct a few days earlier while on errands, catching CN 189 and some four-axle power betwen Bretville and Clover Bar before lunch. After lunch, we returned to Bretville, finding CN 818 heading down the Camrose sub, CN 242 grain train heading east out of the city, CN 119 crossing the bridge, and CN 443 crossing off of the Camrose.


July 17th, 2021

Out for a long bike ride, I happened upon an eastbound heading up the Vegreville sub followed by a couple of LRTs on the 129th Ave crossing.


July 26th, 2021

Heading into the mountains, we caught 101 behind the grocery store in Hinton, and then again at Lake Jasper followed shortly by 900 and 417, before catching 186 meeting the same 417 at Moose Lake, mile 36 of the Albreda sub. We finished the day in the dense smoke of Kamloops, finding the Rocky Mountaineer arriving back in town.


July 30th, 2021

We took the Vancouver Skytrain and SeaBus around the city to explore before catching an SRY local working near the station where we left our car.


August 2nd, 2021

We visited the Osoyoos Desert Railroad model train museum in Osoyoos, BC. It is billed as the largest European model train layout in North America, and is the second-largest one I have visited after Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany.


August 3rd, 2021

We visited the Spiral Tunnels from the public viewing area off the highway, finding it almost completely grown in and difficult to view through the haze from the nearby forest fires.


August 21st, 2021

We took the Edmonton Radial Railway street car across the high level bridge ahead of a rare wedding charter following us for our trip back north.


September 7th, 2021

We explored the Westlock sub, catching 419 crossing under the Henday leaving Edmonton, CP crossing the diamond between Bruderheim and Fort Saskatchewan, and CP 186 at Clover Bar, as well as seeing the caboose on the bridge and Cando's power near the Camrose sub.


September 12th, 2021

CN 304 was reported to have the GTW heritage unit leading, and so we waded out in strong rain to catch them leaving Clover Bar after a lift.


September 13th, 2021

CN 416 had the WC heritage leader coming into Edmonton. We went to 149th St to catch it coming into town, where it met 303. We then went over to Bissel yard to see if we could find the IC heritage GP40-Slug set, CN 7601/601, and then caught 735 and 114 at Bretville Junction. After, we chased 522 to Fort Saskatchewan, catching an industrial Genset at a facility near the Vegreville sub, CN 538 waiting on the Beamer Industrial Spur waiting for CN 808, chasing 538 back toward Edmonton after the meet before calling it a day.


September 14th, 2021

I caught CN 591, 418, and 848 coming down the Westlock sub over the course of the day.


October 27th, 2021

We traveled west to meet the CN 607 business train at sunrise, staying at a closed crossing just west of Wildwood for 834, a unit oil train until the DP and a unit grain train after, and 417, which had the IC heritage unit leading.


November 6th, 2021

I caught 418 coming south at Carbondale.


November 8th, 2021

I met with a colleague to do some work near Newtonville, catching CP 142 with a light rail set heading east on the Belleville sub as we prepared to head back.