Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Derailment Pics

I took a trip to Carle Ave this morning and found this nice sight of some derailed chip cars. This is located at the west end of the Dever Rd Yard.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another westbound video..

Here is a video showing the Apr 28th westbound out of Saint John. The train consisted of 2318,2612,2610 and 41 cars, and is shot at the Acamac Backland Rd.

Also I have to report that NBSR has had another derailment in the yard. I heard it mentioned on the scanner this evening. It recently happened so I'm guessing it may have been from the eastbound's arrival. It was on the same track named P4 that they had a derailment on about a week ago. I'm not sure how many cars are involved.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An NBSR Westbound..

I managed to catch the April 25th westbound out of Saint John. The sun had set so I only shot from one location, the Ketepec Road crossing. I used a small hill just west of the crossing to get a different angle. I think this might be one of my first videos with 2612 leading the train. I love the sound of the horn!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

NBSR Eastbound with a different ending..

Joey's first train chase! Christina and myself packed up our family for a drive today. The only twist was I had my camera and scanner.. The rain finally stopped leaving a cloudy day. So I decided that I would shoot video figuring the low light wouldn't be the best for photos. I never heard a thing on the scanner as I made my way towards Fredericton Jct. As I reached the church in Blissville I could see the crossing lights on. I pulled over and turned around to head for my first shot.
I decided on trying to shoot the train as it passes a small lake just west of the Welsford hot box detector. My next shot was one of my favorite locations in Westfield.
It's a nice S curve with a small bridge. The train then slowed through Grand Bay and I actually got ahead of it. So I headed for the overpass in Martinon. The engineer throttled up for the shot as they pass under the bridge.
Figuring I wasn't going to shoot anymore I headed for the east end of the Dever Rd Yard. I sat and waited for the train to pull into "P4". 9801 was about half way through the yard when it stopped. The engineer called for someone to check if the rear of the train. He said to the yard planner that the train slowly came to a stop, and that he figured one of the cars is on the ground. Come to find out they derailed the 7 wood chip cars at the rear of the train.
I climbed the bank near the Manchester overpass to catch this shot of the tail end of the train. It's not the best angle to see it derailed but I didn't want to get any closer where there were a few NBSR employees around. It was decent chase with a different ending, in our new Impala.. and Joey Slept through it all.. Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Not much new..

Well it has been almost a month since my last post and unfortunately I have nothing to report for chases. Things have been pretty busy between work and my family. I'm hoping to get out soon. In the past week I have purchased a new car and I am eager to do my first chase with it. A 2008 Chev Impala. I needed some more room and the Cavalier just wasn't cutting it. So anyone that happens to see me chasing trains feel free to say "Hi". Now if you are ever traveling throughout NB you may notice some cameras along the highways. These are web cams that belong to the Department of Transportation.
The main reason I bring this up is there is a web cam pointed directly at the Rte 7 crossing in Welsford. I have been checking the cam quite frequently to see if it should happen to catch a train in the shot. The day after I found the website I caught a shot of the crossing lights on. But finally after 2 months of checking the website the cam caught a train crossing Rte 7.
You can check out this webcam and many others in NB by using this link: