Last night the CP Christmas Holiday Train rolled though the Woodstock area and my efforts to capture video and some photos was an exercise in frustration.
No problem as it stays overnight in London so usually go there in the morning and catch it leaving.
Last night charged all the camera and scanner batteries and checked the CP schedule to see it was due in Chatham at 2:45 so figured it would leave at about 12:30. Next checked the weather and rain was forecast but looked like it would be through London by noon so would work out well as an overcast day would show off the lights. Everything good to go and out the door about 10:15 and headed to London. It has just started to sprinkle but that was good as the shower would pass through before the train left. Headed out confident I would be able to get some photos and video as it left.
The rain picked up as I neared London but still confident my planning would work out. I arrived in London about 11 am in case they left early and cruised by the CP yard and the train was there. Too bad CP has a habit of hiding it in the middle of the yard so only a few glimpses were possible and no chance for a photo. Off I went to the location where I planned to catch as it headed to Chatham. The rain was now fairly heavy and would play tease with me as it slowed up and almost stopped only to start again. I had the scanner tuned to the CP main channel as I thought they would call to get a clearance to leave London. In the past always heard them talk to the RTC so I knew when they were about to leave.
It looked like the rain was not going to go away so moved to another location where I could open the back hatch of the HHR and shoot from inside. Sat there for about an hour but no sign of them leaving and no chatter on the radio. I set up the video and SLR and was prepared as soon as I heard it coming.
It was now 1:00 pm and they had not left or called for a TOP (train occupancy permit) and the rain was still coming down but knew it would be soon. To my horror I glanced in the side view mirror and the Christmas Train was and almost by me.. I jumped out of the car but had no time to get a photo or any video and just stood there in the rain cursing as it rolled by. I guess they got their clearance using the cell and because London is a no whistle zone they did not blow at the two crossing just before where I was located. All that planning and I came home without taking a single photo or a second of video. 😦
Murphy”s Law seemed to be in play as about 10 minutes after I missed the train, the rain stopped as if programmed.
As they say, there is always next year I hope. Headed to McD’s to have a coffee and let my blood pressure return to normal. Did stop in at Forest City Surplus and found some batteries on sale so not a total wash out.
Our sad excuse for a PM is the perfect specimen for a poster for “birth control” pills or for not doing cocaine while you are pregnant. His latest drug induced idea’s of improving Canada will make us more of a laughing-stock that we are already. Bad enough giving millions to terrorists and other threats to Canada but it never ends.
Schools Out – Photo Opp
The week started out with him flying north to meet with FN’s to apologize again for the Canadian government and drop off a $50 MILLION cheque to the Indians for the residential school disaster. Yes it was bad but lets move on. Harper apologized in 2008 and again in 2014 so what does this moron think he is doing apologizing again. Funny thing it will happen AGAIN as some chiefs said it was not enough. We pour many millions into the reservations every year and nothing change. Where is the accountability and where will this $50 MILLION disappear to probably or down the black hole the rest does. Next on their hit list is the Pinery provincial Park and wynbag or trudope does nothing. They already destroyed Ipperwash and will keep taking as long as we let the. The siege of Caledonia has gone on for over 10 years and cost taxpayers of almost $300 MILLION. It has to stop. Where is John Wayne when you need him?
Closet Politics – Yes Another Photo Opp
That is nothing next to this one that must have come out of a night of pot smoking and “closet sex” of expunging all records of anyone arrested in the past for having “closet sex with anyone or anything that was against the law back in the “good old days”. If that is not bad enough he is going to pay compensation of $100 MILLION to those who had their feelings hurt but wait, only if you were a Federal employee. I can see it now as every province is forced do to like wise as Provincial workers want their share of the money. If you are not one of them there are many lawyers who will be glad to take your money.
I sure as hell did not pay taxes and agree to have for any of it to go to either of these groups. I paid it for health care, hospitals, roads and infrastructure and things that help all Canadians not just a few. Throw in the 50,000 refugees who are living off my taxes and a BILLION or so going to a few and the rest of us can just fend for ourselves. Today is the era of the “all your need is love” or at least till somebody kills you or blows you up. Sure did wonders for John Lennon. 😦
I wonder how the money will be split up? Will you have to provide a record of the when you escaped the closet and how many times you were asked to “get off that thing” to figure out payment. Lawyers all just had “wet dreams” as they realize how much business this will bring them. Here is one solution I can live with and would not mind spending a few dollars on.
Pot Pity – No Cameras Allowed Here
Okay his juvenile way of thinking that only somebody born with a golden shovel up his rectum and never had a real job can think brings up this question.
Since pot will be legal next year can we now expect everyone who was arrested and has a record for smoking pot be let out of jail, have their record expunged and since there area lot for of them I think $500 MILLION should cover their compensation. If I was in that group (I smoked and grew it but never got caught) I would be putting together a class action law suit to be treated like the gay community. What is fair for the goose is far for the gander even if they have normal sex.
Does he think he can walk on water, right all the wrongs of that past and hug and kiss himself to win another election? To me both of these moves are just “vote-buying” tactics disguised as a feel good and selfie opportunity using taxpayers hard-earned dollars.
We need to take back Canada before we and our kids see it disintegrate into something we didn’t ask for, don’t recognize and definitely will not like.
First it was every show, advertisement and leads story had to have a gay person in it to be political correct.
Now NFL players are refusing to respect the USA flag and are sitting or kneeling to show their support of the plight of black people. That backfired as advertisers complained and people stayed away or turned off NFL games.
In a feeble attempt to write a wrong they now run ads with NFL payers and armed forces personnel together and holding special events at the games in an attempt to right the ship.
I like football and watched a couple of games yesterday and was amazed how advertisers are now falling over each other to make themselves “visually black”
Here is a list of advertisers that ran all black ads, ads with white girls and black boyfriends or mixed raced families. Even Walmart now uses rap (not music) as the background in their ads. I think we have gone past the tipping point.
Throw in the number of all black cast TV shows and that 70% of the NFL & NBA are black and I think they don’t have a lot to complain about. If these millionaire actors and sports players feel so bad about the situation in some neighbourhood why are they not stepping up and donating half of their salaries to fix them up? Talk is cheap and taking a knee will not make it go away. Force feeding us on “black” media will do nothing and is just lip service by TV, companies and advertisers to make it look like they actually care. Maybe take some of those advertising dollars and build housing, playgrounds and help those that need it. Just the cost of one ad on the Superbowl would do wonders to one of these neighbourhoods.
Of course these areas need to break the hold gangs have on them and get rid of the violence, crime and drug problems or no amount of money will do a thing to make their lives better.
I guess it is better to blame others or play the race card than actually admit a major part of the problem is from within. I hope the First Nations in Canada are listening.
Just my observations but in today’s world I will be labeled a racist as it seems that is the response when you disagree with anything to do with a minority even if it is correct.
It now seems minorities now make the rules for the majority and free speech is slowing disappearing.
The sad part is many think this is a good thing. 😦
Off to my hometown to see if things are any better there as far as train chasing goes. Plan to stop at Bayview, Snake and Burlington to catch some CN, CP and GO action. Forecast is for a sunny day with highs near 45F so if that works out should be a good day.
No going near any stores as all the foolish people who think they are getting bargains on Black Friday will be in a feeding frenzy over stuff they don’t need spending money they don’t have. Most stores use it as a way of unloading cheap or old stock and there are better bargains out there during the year if you pay attention.
Have a great day as the next week is back to clouds and showers or wet snow. 🙂
A hot from my Hamilton trip VIA (7 to New York meets VIA 70 heading to Toronto, CN Bayview Nov 24th 2017
Ontario based its new Minimum Wage Fair Work. These people have never owned a business or ever worked in one. Each one of these new requirements is flawed and open up even more abuse by employees and impose hardship and extra cost to all businesses.
Lets look at each one and my opinion why they are all do nothing but raise prices of everything and force employers to lay off workers or reduce hours. The people these new laws were to protect are the ones it will hurt the most.
- Raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation
- An increase from $11.40 to $14.00 a 22% increase overnight. Prices everywhere have already gone up to compensate for this extra cost and will go up even more. When was the last time you got a 22% increase? This will eliminate many entry-level jobs where people get experience in the work working. Employers can’t make up a 22% increase by increasing sales by 22% so their only choice is to reduce their biggest cost which is payroll.
- Mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as employees at the agencies’ client companies
- Not sure how this will work. If you worked somewhere for 3 years as a sales clerk does this mean the new part-time person just hired will make the same as you? Where is the incentive to work hard and get a raise because of that extra work? There is none. Forcing outside companies to pay the same as you do is nuts.
- Expand personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year for all employees, with at least two paid days per year for employees who have been employed for at least a week.
- Employed a week is crazy and I am sure there are those that will milk this for every cent they can get. Again an extra cost to businesses that will be passed on to consumers. Who decides what is an emergency? The employer or the employee?
- Ban employers from requiring a doctor’s sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave
- Sure this will work if you add it to the one above and give people a chance to get paid for a make-believe illness. We all know every employee is honest and would never lie to their employer.
- Provide up to 17 weeks off without the fear of losing their job when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence, including paid leave for the first five days
- Again who decides if any of the above applies and the first 5 days paid. Can you use this three or four times a year and get 20 or 25 days paid off?
- Bring Ontario’s vacation time in line with the national average by ensuring at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer.
- I can live with that one but the words “at least” scare me if I still had my own business. Another weeks pay I have to pay to somebody that does just enough to keep their job.
- Make employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is canceled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.
- This is a beauty but if I was an employee and had to pay somebody 3 hours pay they will have to get ready to work, incur the expense to get to work and I would just send them home after three hours. All of the above will cost me plenty so I am sure not paying anybody for not working.
The people this put this disaster together are just trying to buy votes by screwing people who really don’t understand that they might even be worse off as everything will cost more and they will just pay more taxes which is the REAL REASON for this rubbish.
Especially in Canada as you can sit track side for hours and see nothing. Even trains that normally come through at a certain time now see to be out cycle and nowhere to be found.
I guess that is why I head south of the border to Ohio where places like Fostoria and Bellevue Ohio see 100 trains or more each day. Also the variety of power you can see can offer surprises not very common here in Ontario.
I guess I should not complain as I have Ontario Southland Railway go by my apt window every day and can do video without going outside.
Today was forecast cloudy and possible rain but Sun has been out most of the day so will get dressed and head out for a coffee and see what I can find. I am sure it will run and hide as soon as I get out there.
Take care and have a great day.
Not really but the people who run the Canadian Passenger Rail Yahoo group must think so as they have booted me off the list for making fun of the VIA banana skin wraps of their locomotives for Canada’s 150 birthday. They refuse to admit that VIA blew it and that wrap was intended for VIA 40’s anniversary that is next year. It seems in March somebody at VIA finally realized they had done nothing for Canada’s 150 so they rushed out the 40th wrap and slapped a 150 banner on it.
They covered all the few Canadian flags that were on the LRC coaches and there is not one to be found on the wrapped equipment and this is supposed to be the 150th Canada wrap. How can you have a wrap that is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with no Canadian Flags and no red or white? Of course it was designed in Montreal so I guess we should have expected this. Not sure when silver and yellow became Canada’s colours but they could have done so much better.
I guess their discussion group does not allow for discussion and everything has to be to their liking or you are nothing but a trouble maker. That is okay I have better things to do than care what car numbers are on the Canadian. I always wondered what do people even do with that info. Okay to maybe have one or two but every one. They need to get a life.
Enough of that, rainy and cloudy again but I have a great day, I intend to. 🙂