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Thread: Bayview Junction Train Spotting - Best Viewing Areas?

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    Default Bayview Junction Train Spotting - Best Viewing Areas?

    Hi All,

    I might be planning a trip down to the Hamilton area for some train watching (coming from Barrie, ON). Can someone point me to some decent spots in the area where I can see a lot of action? I've read the botannical garden overpass is one of the better places, but I'd like to hear from the spotters on the forum if this is the best place.

    For the most part, I'm interested in freights (I used to live next to the Clarkson GO Station, so I'm a little tired of passenger/commuter trains).

    Also, how is traffic on the weekends?

    Thanks in advance,

    Brian.

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    Default RE: Bayview Junction Train Spotting - Best Viewing Area

    I'm sure Rob will be in here shortly to provide you with more options, but when I go I usually hang out at either the pedestrian overpass at the Botanical Gardens or the small triangle of property between where the lines converge. There are some decent sightlines (depending on the time of year) along the north side of the cut at the junction.

    It's been my experience that Saturdays are quite busy, with trains every couple of minutes at times.

    Dan

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    Default RE: Bayview Junction Train Spotting - Best Viewing Area

    :P How'd ya guess Dano?
    I was railfanning there today in fact ;)

    It all depends what time of day it is and what you want to see.

    AM. Hamilton West on the Dundas sub is in between the Dundas sub and the Cow Path with CP's Hamilton sub beside the Cow Path which raises over the highway and the CN. It is a good morning shots for trains coming off the hill(Windsor and Sarnia trains) You will also get NS 327(depending how early you get out) and NS 328(usually after VIA 70/670. The only downside is you miss trains coming out of Hamilton on the Grimsby sub.

    You can always go to the famous pedestrian overpass where you will see everything, but it is quite grown in and shadows are horrible in the summer. You won't be able to shoot CP's goin up the Ham sub nor NS 327/328. But if you want to socialize theres always a gang of guys there and sometimes they venture over to Hamilton west.

    In the early afternoon around 11 or 12-1400 "The Point" where the Dundas sub seperates from the Oakville sub is a great spot to shoot westbounds going up the Dundas.

    In the mid-late afternoon Plains Road bridge(next to pedestrian) is a great spot to shoot westbounds curving into Bayview. This shot gets ruined as the sun goes down and shadows extend over the tracks.

    In the early afternoon a neat place to shoot Hamilton/Buffalo bound trains is the Highlevel Bridge.

    Now Aldershot yard is a better place to shoot in my oppinion. In the morning you can pull into Aldershot Cold Storages parking area near Waterdown road and it is just west of the station. Here you get all the freights unless its NS 327/328, CN 330/331 and the steel train(they go up cow path) You also get all passengers at Aldershot as the freight lines come toghetter by Aldershot yard where many trains lift and set out cars where they split at Burlington West.

    You have a choice of Aldershot Cold Storage/Waterdown road, King Road(Aldershot east; grade crossing) or Lemonville road(Aldershot west).
    If you want some railink pups switching Hamilton yard, you can go over to Stewart street over the Stewart street yard and get RLK SW1200's switching the yard and heading down the belt line, as well as the NS's, and all Buffalo/ Niagra Falls trains.

    Any week day you will get CN 145 the Triple Crown roadrailer which is by between 1430 and 1600 depending if he's delayed etc. He doesn't run weekends. You will also get an extra VIA as well as the GO's on the week days. End of the week is generally heavy traffic and as Dan pointed out Saturdays are a good day to go.


    Aldershot is a mile or 2 east of Bayview allowing you to move around.

    Here are some shots of each area to help you out :)


    Waterdown road in late afternoon looking east.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ayview/wat.jpg
    Looking west(late afternoon)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/cn_bayview/2.jpg
    Bayview Plains Road looking east(Afternoon)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/cn_bayview/3.jpg
    Looking west pedestrian bridge(Afternoon)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/cn_bayview/4.jpg
    Hamilton west looking west(morning)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/cn_bayview/5.jpg
    Lemonville road looking west(morning)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/cn_bayview/6.jpg

    I don't want to overflow the forums with shots of the Bayview region :P So just ask for shots of locations or any info :) Good luck!

    PS: CN is running alot of run thru power so foaming is alot more interesting :D Today I got a UP SD70M trailing. Yesterday: IC SD40-2, GT SD40, BNSF(cascade green) SD40-2 and lots more!



    Rob

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    Default RE: Bayview Junction Train Spotting - Best Viewing Area

    Nice pix! Thanks for the info, guys. I'm hoping to get down before the snow flies (which based on the weather lately will be like next week!).

    Brian.

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