|April 1993. A westbound GO Train rolling through a curve as the train begins to slow for its obligatory stop at the Erindale station.|
Did any of the regular GO Train riders happen to ride on the two trains shown? One can only wonder.
|On May 21, 1993, CP5515 eastbound, with SOO6614 trailing, was leading a train of marine containers destined for the Port of Montreal.|
|Twenty years later the work was the same but with different players. In August 2013, CP8930 and sister unit were leading an eastbound train of marine containers destined for the Port of Montreal.|
In the intervening 20 years the locomotives have become larger, the trains are now longer and more containers than ever are moved to load on larger container ships that call at the Port of Montreal. "Economies of Scale" was the term I always heard used during my transportation career to answer, "Why larger?"
Now let's take a look at some of the trailing stuff.
Twenty years later, spine cars are rarely seen on this busy CPR route, but following are only but a few examples of what can be seen today.
|August 2013. An OOCL 45FT High-cube container. Larger containers that can carry more cargo can over time mean fewer shipments and lower costs for a shipper or consignee, however, this only works if the cargo is light enough in weight.|
Over the last two decades the show has remained the same but the actors have constantly changed.
I would like to be around twenty years hence to witness the changes that will follow in the next two decades. This is beyond my control but time will tell.
The Oddblock Station Agent
Addendum August 03, 2015
Another look at the various actors.
|Years cold and literally at the end of the line... the locomotive of course. This scene was recorded in North Conway at the CSRR in summer 1985. David was very reluctant to stand in front of that monstrous black relic.|
30 years later...
|August 02, 2015 - F units and others that supplanted steam have since been replaced too... and a few survive in museums. Three decades and a generation later, Kiera and Jonah (David's neice and nephew) look just as small near that former CN diesel.|