There's a good explanation for this shot.
Yes, the shot below is the ever elusive CN 589 heading back to Walkley Yard on a recent Wednesday. I have found some time over the summer when I have finished work early and camped out at a spot along Northside Road in the hopes of catching the Arnprior Local. Well, I managed to catch it last week, although just barely. There's a decent story behind this shot.
I sometimes head out to take some quick shots of late afternoon Via Rail corridor trains in Barrhaven. I have been experimenting with vantage points along this walking trail beside the tracks. You can access it from Cedarview Road, right at the point where it abuts at the Smiths Falls Sub. Given the greenery that has been growing on the safety fence, the sightlines are limited. This image below is one of the better shots, although for the most part, the images didn't quite work out the way I envisioned. That's part of experimenting with different locations.
Anyway, after I caught Via Train 55 westbound, I checked my watch and noticed that the timing could possibly be right for me to camp out alongside the Beachburg Subdivision to see if I could catch the Arnprior Local. Its timing has been inconsistent since I've taken an interest in it, but there are a few times that seem to produce better results.
I began making my way back to Northside Road, just in case 589 showed. The mistake I made was making one tiny pit stop on my way to Northside, which cost me a few minutes. It turns out that those minutes were crucial, since the local was already moving along Northside Road when I arrived. And, as is Murphy's Law, I was stuck behind a law abiding citizen who was driving below the speed limit, which hampered my ability to pull up to a spot and quickly grab a few shots.
The top photo you see was the best I could do. And, yes, the car in the shot is the law abiding citizen who didn't help my efforts. I still like the shot, though, since it captures the train in the midst of a busy urban environment. You wouldn't know it by looking at the photo, but the train is actually crossing the bridge that carries the Beachburg Sub over Highway 416.
What's the lesson? Well, I guess you could say don't dawdle when you are pursing a train and stay focused on the task at hand (but do it safely, of course). Truthfully, there is no lesson. I could have just as easily showed up trackside only to be skunked once again. Such is the life of a railfan in Ottawa.
I am grateful that railfans continue to report their 589 sightings to this blog. A reader mentioned to me that he saw the Arnprior Local making its way west to Arnprior on July 4th, which was a Monday. This certainly adds another layer of complexity to our collective efforts to shoot this train each Wednesday when the train doesn't even make its rounds on Wednesday!
Oh well. As always, I'm hoping my lack of success at least makes for interesting reading.