Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

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Re: Antigonish NS - Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railwa

Postby Ken V » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:05 am

timberley wrote:...the car had stopped and started once he saw how much time he had. Illegal, yes...

Illegal, no! The Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, Section 132 states:
Whenever a person driving a vehicle approaches a highway and railway grade crossing and a clearly visible or positive signal gives warning of the immediate approach of a railway engine, train or car, it shall be an offence for the driver of the vehicle to fail to stop the vehicle before traversing such grade crossing.
There is nothing in the Act that states the vehicle must remain stopped until a train passes and the signals stop flashing. The laws regarding road/rail crossings vary from one jurisdiction to another. While Nova Scotia's law is not very specific, other provincial/state laws are more detailed. In Ontario, for example, the Highway Traffic Act says it is permissable to proceed only when safe to do so and it is illegal to go under or around barriers when lowered.
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Re: Antigonish NS - Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railwa

Postby timberley » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:38 pm

Ah, interesting. Thanks Ken! I wasn't aware of the details of the NS Motor Vehicle Act. Yes, in this case the car did stop completely first, and there are no barriers, so I suppose there was no legal infraction. It still might not have been that smart, but he made it fine, and it made for a very dramatic (albeit slightly deceptive) picture!
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Re: Antigonish NS - Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railwa

Postby NS VIA FAN » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:52 pm

Thanks for posting Tim, nice shots. Just wondering if this might have been an extra, returning empty coal hoppers from NSP in Trenton.
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Re: Antigonish NS - Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railwa

Postby timberley » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:16 pm

I don't know for sure. There were a lot more than empty hoppers in the consist. Probably the first 15 cars were hoppers, the rest (maybe 40 cars?) were assorted boxes and tanks. I hadn't heard any train through earlier in the day, so I assumed 306 was just running really late. I think this was the case, because I heard a train running back the other way around 1:30 in the morning, which I assumed was the 305 heading back. But I really don't know much about the scheduling here, so I can't say much for sure.

I hung around the tracks there for a while around 5:30-6 yesterday, hoping to maybe catch a train going through, but didn't.
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Re: Antigonish NS - Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railwa

Postby timberley » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:01 pm

I was down at the Antigonish landing today, working on a behavioural survey of black ducks, when I caught CBNS 305 running along side the estuary on its way into Antigonish.

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The train running along the side of the marsh, through all the fall foliage, is a really beautiful sight. Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took didn't turn out, seeing as I had to use a 20X optical zoom to get the pictures as close as I did for these ones above, and the train was cutting in and out of patches of tree cover.
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Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:07 am

CBNS power at Port Hawkesbury NS on April 8, 2017
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:25 am

A quiet Good Friday in the yard at Stellarton, NS. This is the power that serves Michelin Tire at Granton NS and Northern Pulp at Abercrombie Point.
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:51 am

The CB&CNS yard at Havre Boucher NS (that's Cape Breton Island in the background)
-June 2017
-June 2003 -VIA's Bras d'Or
-Sept 1979 - the Cabot to Sydney
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:40 pm

Along the all but abandoned 100 mile section of Sydney Subdivision east of St. Peters Jct on Cape Breton Island. It's been two years since a train has passed.
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:42 pm

The old Intercolonial Station at Orangedale
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby bdawe » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:12 pm

I managed to pass a CB&CNS train on the highway outside Antigonish while I was travelling through the Maritimes for a wedding last week
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby NS VIA FAN » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:41 am

bdawe wrote:I managed to pass a CB&CNS train on the highway outside Antigonish while I was travelling through the Maritimes for a wedding last week


Thanks for that!

Yes, the gorge at Marshy Hope and one of the more scenic areas along the CB&CNS especially in the fall. Here’s a shot taken there when there was still passenger service between Sydney & Truro.
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby bdawe » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:22 pm

oo thanks, that's definitely the same area. Very steep there it seems
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Re: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon May 14, 2018 1:03 pm

Trying to save rails from Abandonment: CapeBretonPost.com

Cape Breton railway society ‘working behind the scenes’
St. Peter’s Junction to Sydney line has had no rail traffic since late 2015

With the provincial government propping up the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia railway line from St. Peter’s Junction to Sydney, a local community group says it’s been working quietly behind the scenes to find commercial train traffic for the line that’s remained silent since late 2015.

The province renewed its operating subsidy to a maximum of $60,000 a month in March for the next year to short line railway owner Genesee & Wyoming in order to keep the company from abandoning the line and ripping up the tracks.

Charlie MacLean, the newly reappointed chair of the Scotia Rail Development Society, said his group is “exploring various options” for rail service.

One possibility is the construction of a rail spur from the Donkin mine connecting to Nova Scotia Power’s rail line at Victoria Junction as an alternative to transporting coal by truck.
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