The latest news on “The Bradford Veggie Train”

Reefer at Dominion Produce sidingAs luck would have it, my dad’s car broke down a couple of weeks ago as we investigated two “refer” rail cars on a seldom used siding at Dominion Produce in Bradford right near the Go Station. What a pain, tow truck drivers and all. It turned out to be a late night after what should have been an outing of discovery about the Bradford Veggie Train. Having decided to contact Dominion Produce directly we discovered that the “Veggie Train” brings carrots from California during the late winter and early spring. This happened to be one of those times…early June. When they run out of stored material from the previous fall’s harvest from Ontario, they call up California and subsequently receive two car loads of carrots which are washed and bagged (5 or 10 lb bags). Then it’s off to A&P/Dominion, Loblaws, IGA and so on. Having heard the horns at 4:00 AM in the morning, it was told to us that CN brings up the cars late at night, they are unloaded the next day and then CN picks up the cars the next night and takes them back to the MacMillan yard. It all happens at night. Bummer! There is no schedule. It is only as needed and all arranged by e-mail with CN. Another mystery solved!

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6 Responses to The latest news on “The Bradford Veggie Train”

  1. Don says:

    Hey Guys,
    A rare occurence in Bradford,A string of 10 mixed freight cars sitting on a siding in Bradford today.Still a couple of hoppers sitting on another siding as well.I wonder if the string is from the Barrie-Collingwood line,6 tankers 2 lumber and a couple of hoppers or just left there for some other reason.I’ll send you some pics once I download them.

  2. Benny says:

    Hey Don,

    That’s quite odd, usually 545 is busier in the summer and very quiet during the fall and winter months it seems like. I heard it last week but it would be weird for them to drop off freight 10 cars and leave them there. Maybe it is from the BCRY. I will keep my window open to see if I hear 545 come up again. Sorry I haven’t been able to post anything, I just haven’t had the time lately.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Don says:

    Gone this morning,got a few pics,but I was planning to get more today.

  4. Don says:

    Last Monday on my way to work I noticed a local freight train pulling about 10 mixed freight cars out of Bradford at 9:15 am heading south,could be 545,but I didn’t catch it.Strange time to see that train based on it’s schedule lately.I’ll see if I can catch it again and get some video one of these days.

  5. Benny says:

    Hey,

    Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t had the time to update the website in a while.
    I haven’t heard 545 in a while but apparently on March 15, it had a newer locomotive on it which is very rare for this line. I’m interested in any pics you may have of 545. I think maybe it leave during the day sometimes because the crew works there maximum hours and gets the train in the morning.

  6. don says:

    Hey Guys,
    I noticed a Go Train at about 6:30pm stopped just outside of Bradford tonight with a police officer approaching the train.I haven’t heard any reports of an accident,but I’m wondering if that’s the case.Let me know if you hear anything about it.

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