533 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

Picture52011/05, CPR/Napinka sub. Mile ____ . Three GP 38-2 diesels, 3055 with packman logo, a faded 3117, and 3020 sporting new paint and beaver/shield logo waiting at the grain terminal W. of Boissevain, MB on a wet spring day. Click on photo for detail. © Text and Photos exclusive copyright of N. Froese.

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2 thoughts on “533 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

  1. Phil Christie

    How can I get into the cab and behind the wheel (??) of an operational engine?
    I promise to go very slowly…..

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    1. nfroese Post author

      Hey Phil, did that give you some of the “train bug?”
      Yes, trains on this line pull a heavy load of 100, or more 90 – 100 ton hopper cars loaded with grain. So they don’t go very fast, – probably about 30 mph.
      You would fit right in.
      I would think that after a good driving record, and I know some persons who have acquired that –
      With some caution, you may be able to ride in the cab of this one in ON, if you are lucky.
      Check this.
      http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g499283-d589673-r138673754-Credit_Valley_Explorer-Orangeville_Ontario.html#photos
      and
      http://www.railpictures.ca/upload/upon-arrival-at-snelgrove-in-northern-brampton-its-time-to-put-a-unit-on-the-rear-of-the-credit-valley-explorer-tour-train-for-the-return-trip-north-here-the-crew-has-uncoupled-the-power-run-it-a

      I was lucky on Thanksgiving about 5 years ago when Eileen and I took this Thanksgiving tour out of Orangeville.
      The train made a stop for a break and ice-cream on the return trip.
      I was hanging around the cab area of the engine as were some other people. Yes they were quite lenient about this and, – got talking with the conductor, and was invited to ride in the engine on the return trip.
      I never got behind the wheel as there is none. Instead on the right hand side of the cab is the control tower with the throttle, emergency brake, etc.
      I never got behind this either! Only as an observer, and could take turns sitting in the left hand conductors seat.
      Check out this site.
      https://www.google.ca/search?q=Cab+Interior+of+GP-35&tbm=isch&imgil=q_Bch4f2XRAskM%253A%253BUVzwFgRB63JPeM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.railpictures.net%25252Fviewphoto.php%25253Fid%2525253D190347&source=iu&pf=m&fir=q_Bch4f2XRAskM%253A%252CUVzwFgRB63JPeM%252C_&biw=1440&bih=740&usg=__nW3iQzQ8WYoxrUfnTjxxA-P3ON8%3D&ved=0CCkQyjdqFQoTCIPZgZieoccCFcWKDQodS24Fhg&ei=DwbKVcOVOMWVNsvclbAI#imgrc=q_Bch4f2XRAskM%3A&usg=__nW3iQzQ8WYoxrUfnTjxxA-P3ON8%3D
      Cheers,
      Neil

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