Spy In The Sky

Spotted this drone flying over the west end of the quarry in Ingersoll today while waiting for Ontario Southland to leave. Flew over some of the hydro lines too. Not sure by who or why.


I waved and smiled but never saw myself on the 6 o’clock news and no cop cars came flying up so guess I am okay.

Bruce Rys Harrisburg Tour

Met a number of other railway history buffs and toured Paris, St George and Harrisburg.


Great weather and nice to see old friends. Here are some photos I took. Feel free to share with anyone who might like to see them.


I posted the group photo to my FB page so feel free to tag yourself if you were there.


The Real Problem

It is sad how people complain about a dump coming to their area but when there is a free exchange of goods not too much shows up but when big item clean up arrives there is so much reusable furniture and other thing that get put out and end up in the landfill. Same people complain about abusing the earth but are the same ones who leave their vehicles running when going into a store and have more gas-powered toys than they need. Summer is here so get out every piece of noisy lawn equipment you own, head to the cottage and race around in your boat polluting the air and water not to mention the sound polluting of the environment. Try sitting out and read a book in summer. Barking dogs, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, motorcycles and loud trucks will drive you inside. So sad people cannot see they are the real problem.


Ohio Trip Over :-(

I came back a day early as I forgot Friday was a holiday and last time I can home on a holiday weekend it was 2 hours to cross so did not want a repeat of that. Even though I arrived at the border at 2 PM Thursday the lines were getting long and it took 35 minutes to cross. Any later and I would have been much longer. I blame Canadian Customs as they knew it was a long weekend but only had 4 of the 8 lanes open, just dumb.

The highlight of the trip was Wednesday as I got invited to the Norfolk Southern trailer where they are teaching NS engineers about Positive Train Control. I got to sit at a simulator that looks exactly like you would have in a real locomotive and drive a train for about an hour. Had to blow the horn, use the brakes and throttle and adjust for different elevations. Pretty cool and have to thank StevenΒ  Rathke NS engineer for the opportunity to do it. Here is a photo of me outside the trailer.Β  i will post photos from inside when I receive them in a few days.

me trailer

Time to rest up and work on about 10 hours of video and 800 photos I took. πŸ™‚

Right Place – Wrong Time

I was up hyped up for today as sunshine forecast for the next 6 days and warm temperatures. Planned for a great day of train chasing. Heading to the VIA station in Woodstock at 7:30 am and started the day by catching VIA 80 then VIA 71 so a pretty good start. Moved to another location but things were pretty quiet. As I sat at the CN tracks I could hear two CP trains go by.Β  The scanner came to life and it looked like a meet at Coakley so should be two more trains at CP.


Headed to the CP station as I pulled up the CN hot box detector went off so a train on CN but no chance to catch it. I sat at CP for about 30 minutes and nothing so figure I heard wrong. Back to CN and sure enough I hear the first of two CP trains go by so figured the second was around somewhere so back to CP and did catch the second one. Now I knew CN 148 was around some where so back to CN and arrived a few minutes before it did. Caught it then also 385 but things got quiet again. Headed home and as I crossed under the CP tracks a westbound ethanol train blew by.

Scorecard reads total 13 trains, caught 6 missed 7, three with foreign power, caught 0 missed 3 and if my email did not have a mind of its own I would have caught 2 so not a good day. Get home and checked my email and it seems the last update on Firefox it set new trash parameters and all the notices of these hot trains were now going direct to the trash folder. It seems two of the CP has had foreign power and were the once I missed.Β  So what could have been a great day turned into a disappointing day.

There are only about 40 trains through this area and half of those at night-time so if you miss then, too bad. That is why I go to the USA as Fostoria and Bellevue have almost 100 each day so you just sit trackside and they roll by every 15 minutes. If you miss one, you know there is another right behind. πŸ™‚

Only AppliesTo Others

I was at the monthly Oxford Trails meeting yesterday and there was a gentleman from Hickson area who was complaining about illegal ATV use on the trail what can be done. He mentioned he walks out there everyday with his dogs and is upset that some people ignore the rules.

I then find out when he is on the trail with his two large dogs they are never on a leash. So okay for him to break the law but not for others to do it.

Dogs On A Leash

Sounds like the typical dog owners around here who think we built the trails as an off leash trail just for them. Who cares if they are breaking the law and taking away the rights of others who want to enjoy the trail without being harassed by off leash dogs.

I like photographing nature and wildlife but hard to do when large barking dogs are crashing through the brush.

Have all the dogs you want but I should not have to listen to their barking or be attacked on the trails. If you can’t obey the bylaws keep your dog at home and off the trails.