Photos and Observations by Peter Mumby
The Ontario Southland Railway (OSR) has become one of my favourite local railfanning destinations. I enjoy its eclectic mix of GM and MLW power, its predictable schedule, its relaxed pace of operation, and its friendly employees. Its paint scheme, too, is a real winner - it is a pleasure to observe a short line operating in something other than Genesee and Wyoming black and orange!
The summer of 2015 brought a number of changes that kept me heading trackside. Recent arrival OSRX 1620 (ex-CP 1620, nee CP 8659) was the first unit of the year to show up in fresh paint, a low nose variation of the scheme which had debuted on GP 7 #378.
|By July 10, body work was well under way on the 6508.|
|On Aug. 14, masking tape is being removed for the reflective diagonal stripe behind the cab.|
It was also nice to note that OSR business is growing to the point that additional trackage is required. On my Aug 28 visit I observed an OSR track crew constructing a new turnout adjacent to the St Thomas sub mainline west of the Cami plant wye in Ingersoll. This will be cut into the mainline to allow for storage of cars for their growing propane business.
Check out the provided photos - maybe you'll want to plan a visit a take a few shots of your own!
|1620 has been reunited with its train and is headed back to the Ingersoll yard.......Aug. 13, 2015.|
|In this top down view east of Ingersoll we can see the black treatment on the nose and roof. Is this the paint scheme for a Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo F-unit that never was?|
|Here is the new turnout under construction west of the Cami plant. Men and equipment have vacated the site pending the arrival of the units bound for Putnam.|
|With the train out of the way, men and machines have returned to the job site.....Aug. 28, 2015.|