Eyes on the Street

Eyes on the Street: Inception Train at Main and Gage

From time to time, a CP train engine passes diagonally right through the intersection of Main and Gage.

By Ryan McGreal
Published July 26, 2016

Last Thursday, my son and I were riding around on the pump track at Gage Park when we heard the horn of a train engine and the ringing bell of the railway crossing on Cumberland. I yelled to my son to follow me and we rode through the park to the northwest corner, where an exciting and visually stunning event was about to unfold.

We got there just in time to watch a CP engine pass diagonally right through the intersection of Main and Gage.

Train engine crossing diagonally through Main and Gage intersection
Train engine crossing diagonally through Main and Gage intersection

My son waved and the operator kindly waved back - you can see his hand in the window.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By HamiltonTransitHistory (registered) - website | Posted July 26, 2016 at 15:06:27

For the train nerds

CP #3090, a GM GP38-2 built in 1986, 2000 horsepower

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By ergopepsi (registered) | Posted July 26, 2016 at 21:20:24

Truly surreal if you're lucky enough to see this. Love it!

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 27, 2016 at 07:15:09 in reply to Comment 119748

I've seen it twice now. The first time was a couple of years ago in winter:

CP engine crossing Main and Gage

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By NortheastWind (registered) | Posted July 27, 2016 at 13:00:57

The same train goes by my friends house a couple times a day. We sit in their backyard and wave at the conductor.

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