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« Reply #40 on: May 13th, 2005, 7:21pm »
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great pics mark. i have never been up that way before. the fording mine is huge!

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« Reply #41 on: May 13th, 2005, 11:08pm »
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Great shots Mark!! Good to see an employes view of the trips.  
 
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« Reply #42 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 3:49pm »
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Here is a trip on the Cranbrook subdivision from Sparwood to Crowsnest.  We were called out of the bunkhouse for a loaded coal train from one of the coal mines on the Fording River sub which had already been brought down to Sparwood by the previous crew.
 
Here we are waiting for another unit to add to our headend which will come in on an eastbound soon.  The climb out of Sparwood east is around 1.2%, with the grade and curvature, these heavy trains require four units, two big units up front and one big unit plus an SD40-2 on the rear.  This train is 122 cars long and is 16000 + tons.


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« Reply #43 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:09pm »
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We finally get going having added the 9574, here we have past the siding of Natal.  This is a steady climb, track speed is 20 mph.  Highway 3 is on the other side of the train.  This is looking back towards the west where the Crowsnest Coal Company had their coke preparation plant at Michel.  There used to be a yard here with a daily switcher but now all that remains is two storage tracks, one of which is out of service.  This area is pictured in J. F. Garden's book the Crow and the Kettle on pages 92 to 96.  
 
Apparently in the forground there used to be a depot, water tower, siding, scales and a turntable but none of these remain.  This is at mile 12.2 on the Cranbrook subdivision.


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« Reply #44 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:15pm »
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Next one is of the highway 3 crossing at mile 9.4

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« Reply #45 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:21pm »
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Crossing Michel Creek on a 150' through truss span at mile 8.9

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« Reply #46 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:25pm »
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A little further east and we cross Michel Creek again, this time on a 103' long through plate girder span.  This is the start of the four mile loop to gain elevation.  We are facing due south here, railway east.

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« Reply #47 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:28pm »
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This is McGillivray, a former 25 car storage track.  McGillivray is no longer mentioned in the timetable.

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« Reply #48 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:31pm »
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This is the Byron Creek subdivision Junction switch at mile 7.1.  The Byron Creek sub runs south 10 miles to Coal Mountain and sees one or two coal trains daily.  This is the start of the loop curve which will bring us around 180 degrees to face north as we continue to climb towards Crowsnest.

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« Reply #49 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 4:59pm »
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Here's mile 7, old McGillivray, with the Byron Creek sub to the right.  There used to be a depot here with a siding.  We are now into the curve.

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« Reply #50 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:05pm »
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This is two pictures stitched together looking back on our train.  Not a bad job considering we were moving.  The road crossing is the road which goes down to Coal Mountain.

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« Reply #51 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:08pm »
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Further on up the line, I took this shot of the bridge we crossed over Michel creek minutes earlier at mile 8.2, pictured from down below earlier.

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« Reply #52 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:25pm »
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This is the remains of the west portal of the Loop tunnel, or the Grain Bin tunnel, so named for the fluidity of the gravel hill.  When the line was first constructed in 1898 this 900' tunnel was dug thru the hill.  Cave in difficulties ensued, forcing the company to build a sharp 20 degree bypass around the tunnel.  In 1902 a more sucessful attempt was made to build the tunnel but even though the tunnel was concrete lined cave ins were still experienced.  In 1948 the tunnel was bypassed to where the line runs now and all that remains is what is pictured here of the old timber portal.
 
There used to be a timetable station and a short spur here named Loop, which was named for the long loop the railway makes into the Michel Creek Canyon.


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« Reply #53 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:28pm »
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This is a view from the right of way with highway 3 far below, the old highway is to the left.

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« Reply #54 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:31pm »
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Mile 4 where the line is supported by rock walls.  This is where the movie Silver Streak with Richard Pryor was filmed.  Again you can see the highway to the left.

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« Reply #55 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:34pm »
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Another shot a little further along while on top of one of the rock retaining walls

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« Reply #56 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:36pm »
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Here's the west mile board for Crowsnest at mile 2.6

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« Reply #57 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:38pm »
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At mile 2 the highway rejoins the ROW

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« Reply #58 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:41pm »
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Here is #1 track switch at the westend of Crowsnest.  You can see the power derail switch here on #1 track also

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« Reply #59 on: Jun 14th, 2005, 5:44pm »
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This is the westend of #2 track, a closer look at one of the power derails.  You can see that it is in the derailing position, thus the red signal indication.  Summit lake is to the right and the highway is up on the hill to the left.

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