Monday, September 6, 2010

CPR Viaduct/ My World

Canadian Pacific Railway viaduct over Parry Sound, Ontario

It's hard to miss Parry Sound's 1,695-foot-long train viaduct that traverses the town 106 feet above houses, businesses and the Seguin River.

While I was composing this shot, I heard a noisy rumbling sound so ran to the other side to get a better view...


Canadian National train heading northerly and then westerly towards western Canada

but not fast enough to capture a photo of the engine. Hmmm. It was less than half an hour later that I  climbed the nearby lookout tower to miss another engine! See last week's post. Turns out there are normally two trains in quick succession at this time of day every day, then silence for quite a long while. I missed my two chances.


The viaduct seen from the Parry Sound Lookout tower

I think it looks like the tracks end here but, trust me, they really do travel on across Canada to British Columbia.



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48 comments:

Birdman said...

Love that first angle of the trestle. Have always enjoyed a GOOD train and its whistle. Ha!

Jacob said...

I really, really like these shots. Railroads have a great attraction for some reason...thanks, too, for that last shot which helps to put everything in perspective. What a gorgeous place!

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots, EG. That last one with the train and trestle plunging into????. Pretty cool.
I seem to miss the engine most of the time too. MB

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I missed out on seeing this trestle on my way to Cambridge. I took Highway 6 through the Manitoulin Islands to the Ferry at South Baymouth across to Tobermory then back on the Road through Owen Sound, and onto Guelph and then into Cambridge by way of the 401.

Melissa B. said...

I love the angles on these snaps. Bravo!

Leif Hagen said...

Drats! Timing is everything sometimes! You still showed up some great photos of the CPR Viaduct and trains!

Kathy said...

The tracks almost look like a roller coaster taking a dive!

Nessa said...

The vantage points for the shots are fantastic.

Kaori said...

I like that photo, even without the engine! The trees surrounding it are lovely, too :D

Lyndsey said...

Great shots, I love the last one. When I was little we could always hear the train whistle far off at night when were would lie in bed. Just thought of that, nice memories. Maybe next time you'll catch the engine! :D

Carver said...

These are such interesting shots to me. I bet the train is noisy if you are right under it.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like so much the different angles in these pictures.How lucky you are, in the moment of your picture a train!Cool! ;)
Léia

ladyfi said...

That last pic is amazing.. the track looks like a roller coaster.

Sylvia K said...

Love all your captures, but the last one is really breathtaking, EG! Fantastic! I love trains! My favorite way to travel! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Marie said...

Lovely post with awesome tracks. I really do hope to visit Canada one day. Thank you for your kind words about my daughter :-) Please have a great week.

cieldequimper said...

Hey, but that's a bridge! Love that first shot especially.

noel said...

aloha,

what a beautiful view from the top to see the trestle, glad to see that it is still in use, hopefully you'll get some good engine shots soon!


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Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

A great selection of shots.

Denise said...

So impressive! Great shots. I hope it will be third time lucky to get your engine.
An English Girl Rambles

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous post. I love trains. I went across the country by train this year, but I think I was asleep in my berth when Via Rail went through Parry Sound. So glad I didn't see that roller-coaster section.
Good luck with your engine picture. In my experience, trains in Canada (except perhaps the commuter trains between Toronto and Montreal) are almost always late.
I love your train pictures. Thanks so much.
Kay
Alberta

Reader Wil said...

These railway viaducts are very impressive but I don't think that living in a house under that viaduct. There's a city in my country which will have such a railway viaduct passing over beautiful houses, the owners of which are very much opposed to it.
Thanks for your visit and kind comment! Have a great week.

SandyCarlson said...

That's an impressive structure in a beautiful landscape!

aka Penelope said...

Seeing the underside of a train is fascinating and fun! Thanks for sharing your quick snap of an important aspect of Canadian life. Trains tie this great country together! :)

George said...

I like your first picture of the trestle, but all three are wonderful. Hopefully you'll have better luck capturing the engines next time.

Al said...

That's an impressive viaduct. I love photos of structures like these!

Life Ramblings said...

what a beautiful viaduct. the last shot is simply impressive.

Jack said...

Great photos. Until June, I had an apartment two blocks from a busy railroad line. I kind of miss them now.

The Cunning Runt said...

Those are great pictures of an impressive structure, EG - I work on (highway) bridges and know a Colossus when I see one!

caughtbymycamera said...

Great shots. Especially love the second picture.

Randy said...

That really is amazing. Great photos but I am sure the live view is just awesome!

Lesley said...

The view from the tower is amazing.

Rajesh said...

Fantastic captures. The view from the top is great.

Self Sagacity said...

What an interesting shot. This railroad looks old and rustic- full of character.

Rose said...

I am always amazed at the things that have been built...

Luna Miranda said...

i love the first photo, marvelous angle shot. railroad bridges are very interesting, i wish we have more of them here.

ewok1993 said...

I hope no one bungee jumps on that trestle. Have a wonderful work week.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful view !

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Julie said...

They seem like they slope way down, yes? I thought trains could only maintain a specific gradient depending on engine capacity before wheel spin sets in.

Typical that you miss both trains. THat happens to me when i go out to catch the bus. Mess up the timing each and every time.

Lucka said...

I like the last shot very much. Great view!

B SQUARED said...

I would love to cross your beautiful country by train.

Indrani said...

Great series of shots, I wish to set off on another long journey again.

Dianne said...

I love the angle in the top shot
in the last shot the tracks seem to just disappear into the trees - so wonderful!

Annie said...

Love the train shots. The photo overlooking the raised tracks was fascinating and almost disturbing in a way. I'm guessing the neighbors get shaken quite a lot.

Francisca said...

Add my voice to the din of admirers, EG. Wonderful captures... never mind the engine.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love Canada and have yet to see this vast country in its entirety. I'd love to travel this rail one day!

Better luck next time. I'd love to see the engine one day if you can catch it!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a sight. Such a tall bridge.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

That last image is gorgeous!

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