Sunday, January 27, 2008

In hot pursuit.......

After being Passed by CN 2525 at the Skeena siding, I took off West after the unit towards the Kyex River bridge where this first photo was taken. The next three were photographed between the Kyex River and Tyee siding. The train had a single unit in the lead with another single unit at the end of the train. This is not the norm for coal trains in the area. They are usually pulled by 2 or 3 locomotives at the head end and a FRED unit on the tail end of the train. Has CN started running coal trains the same fashion as the CPR? We'll have to wait and see....

Skeena siding

CN 2525 Class EF 644b GE C44-9W leading a coal drag West to the Ridley Island coal loading facility just East of Prince Rupert at the Skeena siding.

All aboard!

With the conductor in his seat, CN 5504 wait for 07:00 hour to arrive before departing for Prince George to the East of Smithers.

East bound for Prince George

CN 5504 Class GF 638b EMD SD60F in the lead with CN 2402 Class EF 640a GE C40-8M trailing, wait to depart with a mixed freight for Prince George at 07:00 from Smithers.

Smithers & Back

Smithers station in the early morning hours January 27, 2008.

This past weekend I made a quick overnight trip to Smithers and managed a short visit to the rail yard in the early morning hours, snow was lightly falling and the mercury was at -12 Celsius.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Foss Marine Tugs

Foss Marine tow boat Corbin Foss & Justine Foss are the primary vessels used for towing the Aquatrain rail barge between Prince Rupert, B.C. and Whitter, AK.

The Corbin Foss is taking on diesel fuel at the Petro Canada fuel dock in Cow Bay. The Justine Foss was photographed in Prince Rupert harbour just off the shoreline adjacent to the old Canadian National passenger station.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Back too the Grind

Loram rail grinder RG316 in the Rupert yard May 28, 2006 preparing for the journey east to Terrace on the Skeena subdivision.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year from the left coast!

Via Rail 6441 model F40PH-2 class GPA-30c plugged in at the Prince Rupert train station.
Snow starting to drop off in the rain. January 1, 2008.

Goodbye 2007

Via Rail 8711 'Revelstoke Park' built by Budd/AMF in 1954 for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The 'Park' series of cars are all observation domes with a sleeper/buffet/lounge and 24 seat dome configuration. Prince Rupert waterfront January 1, 2008.