Cattle on the Track!
A funny story from CPR railroad olden days, which happened
on the Bruce Division many years ago, is brought back to me every
time I travel to Barrie to visit our daughter and her three young
ones. What triggers the memory is (or was) everytime I travelled through
the three year (or longer) reconstruction of the highway 400 overpass
over the Mactier Sub at Craighurst.
I was heading south on a freight one night, and while
travelling at track speed, and after rounding the curve to the left,
a short distance south of that overpass, there is a steer standing
in the middle of the track a few hundred yards distant. We didn't
even apply the brake. The lead unit was an 8700 (MLW RS-18) with the
catwalk right in front of the (windowed) door where I was sitting.
The steer was looking at the horizon, and no doubt with it's feeble
mind, must have been amazed and bewildered at how fast the sun (our
headlight) was rising in the distance. I immediately moved away from
the window when a funny story I had heard about animals on the track
was rekindled. We hit the animal broadside and knocked him over the
fence line a couple of hundred yards distant I would guess.