I Am Still Here

Haven’t written anything in a while as I am going through another version of male menopause so have an excuse. The winter blahs and the changing world has made me feel like my last years will be spending a lot of time alone as it seems these days if you disagree with anyone’s point of view they get defensive and you are labelled a “phobia” something. I am not so much against others way of life but am against with the way things I disagree with are being forced upon me. Live your life the way you want but don’t take away my right to disagree with you.

Free speech has taken a big negative step in Canada under our play acting PM who has passed laws that prevent us from expressing our views. I don’t run around and look for media attention to make you accept my way of life so why must others force their views on us?

The TV, movies and commercial now must include a minority and it seems every relationship is now a white women and a visible minority. That is not real life, sure there are some but drives me crazy that the world is being portrayed in a false image.  That may make me sound racist but next time you watch a movie or TV keep track of how many you see and then look around your neighbourhood and tell me if this is what you see.  charlieThere I go again disagreeing and I can see the slings and errors heading my way. That is okay I was not born in the “snowflake” era and “stick and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me”.

It is strange that these things have been going on for hundreds of years but only now that they are on the front page has the world turned upside down and minorities now make the rules and laws for the majority. Now wonder we are in such a mess.

I will only be here for another 10 years or so and am glad I was born in a time when everybody seemed to respect others and we actually got along. Sure we had world wars but within our own borders life was pretty good.  When the so-called sh*t hits the fan I feel sorry for those that will still be here and have to live in a world where freedoms will be repressed and discussion will be behind doors for fear of reprisal. So sad and not sure this broken world can be fixed.

Just my opinion and I think I can still express it but not sure how much longer I will be allowed to.

Have a great day and do it your way and let others think what they want as they will anyway.


FU Stands For Friggin Unreal

Not much more to say about -30C temperatures for weeks at a time except why am I still here? Sunny warm skies in lots of places so why I am still here suffering through these ridiculous temperatures is beyond me.

I did spend a couple of days outside freezing my butt off to chase some trains but those were moments of insanity. In this picture taken by a friend I actually look like I am having fun so old age does bring days on insanity.

CN 149 & Old Foamer Ingersoll Ontario Dec 31 2017

The other problem is with such cold temperatures that air is so dry in my apartment I feel like everything is out to get me as sparks flying off my fingers every time I touch something. I went to turn on the power pack for my model trains and was greeted by a lightening bolt causing me to flip my arm up right into the bottom of the board they are mounted it. I hit is with such force all the little people must have thought it was the end of the world. handouchRailway cars derailed, deer grazing in the valley tossed to their death as they fell into the gorge not to mention the pain in my hand. I not only hammered it into the table but dragged it as I pulled it out causing a nice 2 inch bruise. Us old people have to be careful of course all these shocks I am getting can’t be all bad as they are giving my heart a bit of jolt each time to keep it humming along. Last year it was defying gravity and this year looks like trying some of Ben Franklin experiments seem to be the choice for this year.

I hope Santa was good to everyone and New Year came in without any surprises. Me just another lump of coal to add to my collection but a mystery Santa did leave me $500 so I guess now I have to decide what to spend it on. I am sure the car or some other not planned expense will gobble it up.

Have a Great 2018, I plan to.

We Have An Excuse

Christmas is fast approaching and people will be visiting their families and enjoying this festive time. We forget so many are alone at this time and will wonder why they are not part of those festivities. charlie

This time of the year people get down and withdrawn but it is only natural as we have had about 10 days of depressing cloudy winter weather. Looking at the next 10 days they are not much better with only a few flashes of Sun to tease us.

I find the best way to get through these days is to keep busy by doing what you like to do. I am lucky as I have my model trains, photography and even learning new skills on the computer. They keep me busy but I still go out and chase some trains or just go for a coffee. I don’t feel left out as I have friends who have invited me over if I want to go and have had many wonderful Christmas and many good memories to keep me in a positive mood.


If you are feeling down, drop me an email at railpast@railpast.com and maybe we can cheer each other up.

I wish everyone and all my family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year 2018 .


Chasing trains not only requires timing and lots of luck but huge reserves of patience as trains run on their own schedule. Mine was put to the test on Wednesday as I bundled up and headed out to one of my favorite spots around 7:30 am as I wanted to catch VIA 70 as it arrived in Woodstock Ontario at 8:10.

Cleaned off the car of snow , loaded the camera equipment and was off as camera settings whirled around in my head. The Sun is lazy these days and does not show up until around 8:00 am if at all.  Climbed up on the small hill just before the station and waited. The arrival time came and went and still no train but figured with the snow would be a little late. I should have checked the computer to see if it was on time but it usually is so did not. More waiting and I heard a train horn but no train in sight so jumped into action then realized it was VIA 71 that arrives at 8:30 heading west. I could not see the station from where I was but knew what train it was.freezing man

Time to drag out the cell phone to check and was at least encouraged as it showed arrival at 8:43 so it was late but at least was still coming. The temp was around 15F but I was dressed properly and no wind so continued to wait. The new time passed and nothing but figured a CN freight would be through soon so paced around and waited some more. The scanner screeched to life and let me know CN 397 was in the area and would be here soon. Checked the phone and the new VIA time is 10:01. CN 397 blew through and still no VIA 70. More waiting and time to check the phone again. What! New time is now 11:15 and I have been standing on this hill for about 3 hours. clockMore stomping of feet, some dance steps and singing and decided to go check the display at the station. As I drove up to the station there was a bus there and the screen shows the train was cancelled and people were being “bustituted” as the train was cancleed due to mechanical issues. Guess they forgot to plug it in.

Only train I caught was the CN freight after over 3 hours. I know it sounds silly but at least I was outside enjoying the weather and watching people go about their days. Beats sitting inside doing nothing. Did catch VIA 72 at 11:30 which was on time.  🙂

Only nine more sleeps till Santa arrives. Still figuring out what he will bring me this year.


Today there is no doubt winter has arrived with about 2  inches ( 5cm) of snow overnight and another 4 inches (10cm) expected tonight. Looks like another cold with temps around 10F and windy day but if you dress right it can be fun. Here we see VIA 70 blowing through Beachville Ontario this morning..

VIA 70 VIA 910 Beachville Ontario Dec 12 2017.JPG

Lucky for me the small station in Ingersoll is there and spent the morning in it shooting through the window as winds were sure blowing the snow around not to forget about the snowstorm the trains bring with them. I caught a number of CN and VIa trains and have uploaded the video which is below.

My left knee is still aching and seems to come and go hurting a lot at times and making me winch with each step and then just throbbing at others.  Tylenol helps but hope it goes away and is nothing serious. It is not in the joint but just on the side hear the front. Putting the heating pad on it seems to help a bit so will keep doing that.

Be careful out there as this is the time falls can be serious, just ask he as I am a bit of an expert on them. 🙂 Keep warm and get out and enjoy the winter.

We Knew It Was Coming

I guess Winter has arrived and looks like the next few days we will get a good dose of reality as snow and cold temperatures move it. We should not complain as it is almost the middle of December and the positive side is we only have 4 1/2 months left.

The good side of winter is I don’t have to listen to some person who never grew up revving his loud motorcycle as he goes by my apt every 10 minutes. Also the pair across the street who are both partially deaf who sit out half the night and babble like a couple of magpies.

Did get a chance to get the first winter shots of the year with more chance in the coming days. Here we see CN 385 blasting though Ingersoll yesterday.

CN 385 CN 2243 CN 5752 CN 212 Ingersoll Ont Dec 10 2017

Now if my knees would start co-operating I could really enjoy it. The pain seems to come and go with really nothing I do aggravating it. One minute I can hardly walk, next one no pain at all. It seems there is too much fluid in the knee and air bubbles form in it and if they move to the wrong places they get crushed and that is what cause the pain. I hope it just goes away and is not a sigh of arthritis or other long-lasting problem. Ah the joys of getting old. Actually can’t think of too many right now.


I look on the positive side and it could be a lot worse so will just grin and bear it.

Time for me to limp outside and enjoy this wonderful winter day.

Have a great one.



Only Hurts When I Move

Those of us who own cars wonder every day if this is the day it will not start, make a noise we have not hurt or just plain will not run properly and it will cost us money.

Our body is no different as we get older and each day I can get out of bed by myself, go to the bathroom by myself and everything seems to be working I am very grateful, anything after that is a bonus.

Well a couple of days ago my knees were aching so bad had to get up and take a couple Tylenol to get back to sleep. I was not concerned as damp weather plays hell with old joints and bones and make then feel like somebody replaced the cartilage with sandpaper.

Monday I got up and could hardly walk as the pain in the inside of both knees mad me wince with every step. paininkneeeMore Tylenol and the pain eased a bit but it has now been happening for about  3 or 4 days. What do do? Of course head to the Internet and some self diagnose of the problem.

I found this ” Pain from pes anserine bursitis is located on the inside of the knee, just below the joint. Bursitis usually develops as the result of overuse or constant friction and stress on the bursa. Pes anserine bursitis is common in athletes, particularly runners.

Oh well now I understand  but wait my body is that of a fine tuned athlete  but running is a no no after defying gravity last year while doing it. Looks like rest and quit doing what caused it is the cure but no idea what caused it. Guess I will grin and bear and and stock up on Tylenol.

Headed to Brantford yesterday to catch Southern Ontario Railway cruising down Clarence Street. Not many place there is “street running” if only for 100 feet or so. One guy almost crashed in to the train and just about ran over a pedestrian, what a moron. Weather people got it right this time and clouds did not move in till around 1 PM. Winds were about 40 mph which made it feels like -15F but I dressed warm and no problems. Day worked out great with some good photos and video.

Southern Ontario Railway RLHH 2111 RLHH 2081 Clarence Street Brantford Ont Dec 6 2017

Here is the video:  

Hope you enjoy it.

Have a super day.