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Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Polar Vortex Doesn't Stop This Railroad

Nosiree!  Despite temperatures hitting daily highs in the -10C and lows of -30C coupled with 5" of snow to shove around this past week, rail operations still continued. Last Tuesday night, 7 hardy souls braved the frigid wind to run trains. No rails needed to be set aflame like in Chicago. Pete showed up with a new CNR EMD-7 with decoder but no sound from Paris Junction Hobbies where his Great Northern Alco is having a new decoder installed hopefully under warranty. Yesterday afternoon with sun and somewhat milder temperatures, 5 members showed up to run trains with a 6th dropping in briefly. Now, as I write this, the temperature is climbing through the freezing mark with ice crystals morphing to rain forecast through the night and into tomorrow.
Having said the above, it should be noted that 2 members escaped before the vortex began and one is hiding away in the deep south at the luxurious resort pictured above. Note the white Equinox with Ontario plates parked in the lot. The second rode "the bus" to his usual winter home along the Atlantic where he joins his "other" model rail club for the next three months. You two sure missed the excitement of the True North Strong and Wintry!! 
By the way, Rob mentioned on Friday afternoon that he saw two intermodals pass through Woodstock on the CN main at high speed this week; one had an engine midway and the second an engine at the rear. He figures they were hooked up that way in the US and were just passing through.   

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