Thursday, December 9, 2010
Well it looks like the old round house / car repair shops days are numbered. CN terminated the lease with the city and gave them until February 5 to vacate the property. Rumor has it that the building will be demolished shortly after to make room from a trans-loading terminal in its place. So get out there and get your photos before it becomes just another memory.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Well it was a cold windy day on the water this morning because of a strong Arctic outflow. The mountains tops have a light dusting of snow at higher elevation so it won't belong before Winter is on the doorstep. I manage to catch up to the Barbara Foss pulling into the Petro Canada fuel dock in Cow Bay. The wind was pushing the tow boat sideways hard enough that the Captain had to back out and take a second run at the dock before they managed to secure their lines.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Well it's Halloween today and everyone usually associates it with orange pumpkins but I thought I'd post a few photos I took this morning on the waterfront of CN 2319. I'm sure the unit won't look this clean for long hauling containers out of the Port of Prince Rupert.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Well I made a quick trip to Prince George on Wednesday October 20th under low cloud and rain showers the whole trip. Along the way I did manage to catch a glimpse of the occasional train along the way. These photos where taken from the South side of the Skeena river at Coyote creek about 2 miles West of Cedarville on Highway 16.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Well it looks like the BARBARA FOSS is back towing the rail barge between Prince Rupert and Whitter again. The JEFFERY FOSS had been doing the job during the last while. Barbara is along side the Aquatrain barge which is listing to port because it was only partly loaded as the photo reveals.
Well I managed to catch CN crews using a rather odd looking piece of equipment along the waterfront this morning. When I asked what it was, I found out it is an ultrasound unit used to inspect the rails for fatigued areas in the steel.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
With the sun just rising, I managed to photograph an inbound Burlington Northern Sante Fe coal train pulled by a mix of EMD and GE units about to enter the coal terminal to wait its turn in the rotary dumper before heading back to the field in the Powder River Basin.
August 22, 2010 started in Quesnel, BC where I caught up with CN remote locomotives 7045, 7267 with slug unit 260 working the former BC Rail yard under a smoke fill sky. The haze was caused by forest fire burning in the Burns Lake region of the province some 3 - 4 hours drive away. It would have been nice to see BC Rail CRS-20 alco's working but those unit's have since been parted out or scraped. It was different seeing the engineer on the ground with a belt pack around his waist, not something I see in Prince Rupert.
Well it's been a busy summer between work and shipping a kid off to university but I did manage to squeeze in a few days on the road and fewer opportunity's to rail fan. I made it to the Houston, BC drag race at the local airport where my boys and I got to see Edmonton based Gord Copper's 68 Kenworth (Smoking Gun) make some exhibition passes down the 1/4 mile blacktop strip. The rig is powered by a twin turbocharged Detroit 8V92 engine which develops 3000+ HP (bottom end is stock) propelling it the 1320' distance at just under 100mph using up almost 3 gallons of diesel per pass.