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Mark J
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« on: Apr 15th, 2005, 4:45am »
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Here are some of my shots taken on the Cranbrook subdivision, which runs from Cranbrook, BC to Crowsnest, Alberta.  I literally have hundreds of pictures I have taken at work, over the next little while I will endevor to post some of the more interesting shots.  I'll start with a couple from last May at Sparwood, BC which is the juction between the Cranbrook sub and the Fording River sub.
 
Just coming down from the Fording River sub, we are waiting to pull into the river track as soon as the westbound in front of us clears.  There is a coal empty on the Cranbrook sub main waiting for us to clear so it can head north on the Fording River sub lead by an AC4400cw.  There is an eastbound manifest train in the siding to the far left lead by SD90mac 9123.  To the right in the short power track is a UP AC4400cw and two CP SD40-2's.


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Mark J
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 4:55am »
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I took this shot of after we cleared onto the river track, AC4400cw 8612 is our robot on the end of our train.

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Mark J
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 5:20am »
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I shot this from an eastbound june 27 2004.  On this day the helper track at Sparwood held SD40-2's 5950 and 5960 as well as UP SD60m 6343.

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Mark J
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 5:30am »
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Here's one from october 2004:

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 10:09am »
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Great shots.  Keep 'em coming!!  I appreciate the view from your eyes.  

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 10:14am »
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Very Nice!

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 4:20pm »
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Brilliant - Norm Pascal yesterday and now these. Keep 'em coming - please

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 10:35pm »
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great pics! post as many as you can!


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Mark J
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 16th, 2005, 6:29am »
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Thanks for the kind words, I suppose I'll keep this thread going.  Please if anyone else has any shots to post of this area by all means please do.  All of my shots are examples of today's operations but what would really be interesting to me would be shots from days gone by, as this area was once the domain of Fairbanks Morris/CLC units as so beatifully portrayed in J.F. Garden's recent book "The Crow and the Kettle".  All this new stuff seems to be somewhat mundain but I suppose at one time the old stuff when it was new was quite 'mundain' as well.  
 
Lets see...coal trains are the bread and butter of the operation here so I suppose I'll post a few pics of your average coal drag.  Here is westbound coal load we met at Caithness, just east of Galloway, BC.  This is an aluminum set, the typical length of an aluminum set is 124 cars for a length of 6729 feet.  The grades are favorable enough around here to be able to move these trains with only two units, AC4400cw's, one up front and one pushing from the rear.  An extra unit is added at Golden for the trip west on the Mountain sub.


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Mark J
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 16th, 2005, 6:31am »
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...and here's the remote as it rumbled by at 30 mph

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Mark J
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Manifest trains are also quite common which are made up at Kipp yard just west of Lethbridge Alberta.  The vast majority of this traffic is forwarded to the Union Pacific via the Moyie sub (42 miles of which was formerly the Nelson sub, the southward portion was the Kingsgate sub) 50 some miles west/south of Cranbrook to the border at Kingsgate, BC or Eastport, ID, same place just different names.
 
Anyhow, here is one of those westbound manifest trains, likely a 269, holding the main at Hosmer, BC lead by CP AC4400cw 9660, ex SP/UP patched AC4400cw 6396, SD90mac CEFX 114, and UP AC6000 7551.  The picture is slightly over exposed due to the white snow but somehow I found this consist to be interesting enough to post, but consists like this are quite common.  All of the UP power that comes thru here is sent out of Hinkle, OR.  CEFX SD90mac's are very common, so are UP GE's, CP SD90mac's are somewhat rare but do show up, CEFX GE's seem to show up in spurts also.  We never see any four axle power, save when the switchers from the Kootenay Valley internal shortline need to be changed out for routine shop visits at Alyth.  The odd time the car shop at Golden will send one of thier SW1200RSu's down to the roundhouse here in Cranbrook for minor repairs.


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Mark J
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Here's one more for right now of a train on number one track at Crowsnest we have just brought in from Cranbrook.  I took this just before I tied it down as there wasn't a crew available to take it east on the Crowsnest sub to Lethbridge.  Mostly empties, a good sized train over 6000 feet.  
 
CP AC4400cw 8638 (was run on the holiday train one year) and UP AC4400cw 5945:


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« Reply #12 on: Apr 16th, 2005, 1:56pm »
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that isn't still your train way in the back gorund is it? if it is that would be a very long train

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Mark J
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on Apr 16th, 2005, 1:56pm, KootenayValleyRailway wrote:       (Click here for original message)
that isn't still your train way in the back gorund is it? if it is that would be a very long train

 
Sure is Brandon, a mile is 5280 feet so this train was well over a mile long as most of them are.


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Mark J
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Here's one that I left fairly large (1200 pixels wide) for a different appearance.  9735 west at the east switch Morrisey, about ten miles or so west of Fernie, BC on February 20 2005.


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I'm going to post a sreies of photos here of a trip that I was called for to Fording last january on the Fording River sub which runs north of Sparwood, BC 33 miles in the Crowsnest pass area of south eastern BC.  The weather on this day wasn't quite perfect, but the lack of snow in january and the prospect of the weather turning nice motivated me to snap some photos documenting the trip which I'll share here.  
 
The subdivision services four large coal mines.  Our train is an empty unit coal train, with 124 aluminum coal hoppers and two AC4400cw's, 9649 leading and one more pushing on the tail end.  The Fording sub is rather remote and is not easily reached because the highway runs up the next valley over for the first 24 miles of the sub.  
 
I'll start here, at mile post 1.9, this is one of the bridges over the Elk river.  It is 364 feet long and is comprised of five deck plate girder spans.
 


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...looking back at the bridge.  Track speed here is 30 mph.

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A little further and a deer decided to play chicken with us.  Don't worry, she made it.

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Mark J
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Here is the hotbox detector at mile 5.3

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This scene sort of reminds me of Gilligan's island, don't ask me why.

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