There's a certain magic about the first snow; the crisp air, the delicate beauty, the freshness of a brand new world. It's exciting, invigorating, inspiring. And it's irresistible. So when good fortune and a family gathering found me in Timmins, Ont., for the first significant snowfall of the season, there was just one thing to do. I gulped down my coffee, grabbed the camera bag and headed out into the snow. I found just what I was looking for at Porquis Junction: a pair of ancient 40-foot Ontario Northland boxcars. Long retired from active duty, ONT 91008 and 1850 were good company on a snowy morning.
Serendipity in the snow
The unexpected call of a distant air horn interrupted my session with the 40-footers at Porquis Junction. I hadn't expected any trains, but the arrival of No. 207, the Englehart-Timmins turn, provided a welcome surprise, and a productive way to work my way back to Schumacher.