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Looking through the window toward the forest

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      While looking out of a window during a rain storm, I had an H.P. Lovecraft vision flash through my head. It seemed that the following quote fit well for this photograph. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” - H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature.

CN 7080, CN 4131, and VIA 6457 at Bayview Junction - Hamilton, ON

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Back in July 2013, as some family and I made our way from Toronto to Niagara Falls for the day, we stopped off at Bayview Junction so I could try and get my fix of railfanning at this busy railroad junction. Unfortunately, for me, the morning turned out to be extremely slow at the junction. We hung out on the pedestrian bridge over the tracks on the eastern end of the junction for about two hours, and we wound up only seeing two trains.  Bayview Junction Bayview Junction is a busy railroad interchange located in Hamilton, Ontario. The junction's rail lines form a triangle that is situated among the Royal Botanical Gardens. It features Canadian National's (CN) Dundas and Oakville Subdivisions, plus Canadian Pacific's (CP) Hamilton Subdivision (not seen in any of this post's photographs). In addition to CN and CP freight trains, Amtrak ,  VIA , and GO Transit commuter trains pass through the junction. According to the current schedule, as of June 2021, there are eight

CSXT 2345 and CSXT 6902 at Tennessee Map Plaza

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  CSX 2345 and CSX 6902 are on the point of a switch job working on the bridge over Tennessee Map Plaza. The plaza is located on the southeastern end of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. On the right side, under the bridge is a gift shop and information center. Out of sight on the left, and also under the bridge, are public restrooms for the park and plaza. The plaza features a 200 feet wide map of Tennessee that is made out of granite. You can see the eastern portion of the large map between the bridge and the smaller map in the foreground of the photograph. Nashville Terminal Subdivision The rail line is part of CSX's Nashville Terminal Subdivision . The subdivision runs between Madison, Tennessee, at the northern end, to Brentwood, Tennessee, on it's southern end. The subdivision is mostly double tracked, but has a few short sections of single track. Northeast of this plaza the line goes to single track for the run over the swing bridge that crosses the Cumberland River.

UP 8909 and UP 8125 at Nashville National Cemetery

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  UP 8909 & UP 8125 lead a CSX grain train Union Pacific (UP) 8909, UP 8125, and an unknown UP locomotive are on the point of a northbound CSX grain train at Nashville Nation Cemetery. The train is passing under the Walton Lane overpass , which is on the southern edge of the cemetery.  The rail line here is CSX's Nashville Terminal Subdivision, and it runs through the middle of the national cemetery, on a slightly tilted north-south axis. The cemetery is located in the city of Madison, Tennessee, just north of Nashville. To the north the subdivision connects to CSX's Henderson Subdivision and CSX's Main Line Subdivision a few miles north of the cemetery. Trains to and from the Chicago area use the Henderson Subdivision, while trains heading to or coming from Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio use the Main Line subdivision. Photograph taken on April 1, 2016 at Madison, TN.

Southern Pacific 222 at St. Louis - December 2004

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SP 222 near Compton Ave. - December 24, 2004 Southern Pacific (SP) 222 sits along Union Pacific's (UP)  Jefferson City Subdivision  in St. Louis, Missouri. SP 222 was serving as the distributed power unit on a loaded coal train. The train is seen here sitting in a side track between South Theresa Avenue and Compton Avenue. This location is just to the east of Grand Interlocking , where the Jefferson City Subdivision interchanges with the BNSF Hannibal Subdivision and the TRRA Merchants Subdivision. SP 222 at St. Louis, MO. -  December 24, 2004 SP 222 is an AC44CW model, and was built by General Electric in 1995. The locomotive is painted in SP's speed lettering paint scheme. Since these photographs were taken in 2004, SP 222 has now been repainted and renumbered as Union Pacific (UP) 6303, due to UP's merger/take over of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1996. The locomotive was patched as UP 6303 for a while before being completely repainted into UP's color scheme. P

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