Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beachburg Sub Update: Nov. 16, 2014

As of today (Nov 16, 2014) the end of track on the Beachburg Sub is at a point nearly half way between Kerwin Road, and Constance Lake Road. This leaves approximately 6.3 miles of track yet to be removed before reaching Nepean Junction.

My journey over today revealed that the rail train had gone east. This was likely because it was full, and needed new, empty cars to load the remainder of the subdivision. That meant no pictures of the last train on the Beachburg for me. I did however come across the rail loading equipment that attaches to the rear of the train. It was sitting just east of the Kerwin Rd. crossing with no workers in sight.

I decided that since there wasn't much to see here, I would try and get a picture of the switch at Nepean Junction because it would likely soon be gone as well. To do this, I simply walked along the Trans-Canada Trail, also known as the Greenbelt Pathway, from Corkstown Road until I found a spot to get a shot. This was tricky because most of the area had a fence, and I did not want to trespass. Luckily there was a short break in the fence for a game trail, and I was able to get this shot without stepping on the railway property.

Here's a zoomed in shot.

That switch to the right of the junction name sign likely has its days numbered.

That was it for the day for me, and probably the only shot I will ever get of equipment on the Beachburg Sub.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The end is near for the Beachburg Subdivision

It appears as though the end is in sight for the Beachburg Sub. A CN rail train, and crew have been working their way east towards Nepean Junction over the last few weeks. Now, more than ever, it feels more like a reality.

As of today (November 13, 2014), work has reached Dunrobin, west of Ottawa. This leaves approximately 9 miles to where the line meets the Renfrew Sub at Nepean Junction.

The Beachburg once acted as CN's transcontinental route via the Ottawa Valley. Now all trains heading west must be routed to Toronto before they can continue the journey west.

Hoping that the work continues long enough that I can make it over to grab some pictures.

The former length of the Beachburg Sub marked in red