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« Reply #40 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:33pm »
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Trail bound freight coming through the yard with a short freight

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« Reply #41 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:35pm »
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Same freight switching dropping off cars for the mill befor heading off to Trail

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« Reply #42 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:35pm »
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One of those Castlegar switcher shots should go into the Vancouver Island "where are they now" section, we had the 1238 over here in the late 80's

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« Reply #43 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:36pm »
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A shot of BNSF's Columbia Gardens truck reload facility. There is a trackmobile in the yard for switching.

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« Reply #44 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:38pm »
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Gondolas waiting to have their loads transfered to trucks that will proceed to Trail, What I found suprising was that BNSF is using welded rail on this branchline. It must have some heavy traffic at times?

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« Reply #45 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:40pm »
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One of the warehouse buildings where boxcars have their loads transferred to trucks.

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The following photos are of a neat little shortline from Columbia Gardens to Fruitvale known as International Rail Road Systems and has a ex GTW GP9 for power. This little line would make a nice small layout with it's simple trackage. First shot is of the company plow.

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« Reply #47 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:47pm »
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A shot of the loading shed for the Atco mill at Fruitvale. I am suprised that BN gave up this traffic, seems to be a very steady customer.

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« Reply #48 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:48pm »
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Another shot of the loading shed.

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« Reply #49 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:50pm »
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A shot of GP9 4519 which was once a GTW unit.

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This photo shows the other mill the railroad serves. The loading yard is on one side of the highway and the mill is on the other side. It was funny to see a forklift flagging traffic to put summer lumber in the loading yard.

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« Reply #51 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:54pm »
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A shot of the 4519 waiting for it's next assignment.

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« Reply #52 on: May 8th, 2005, 11:56pm »
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A parting shot of the loading shed again. This would be an easy structure to throw together for a model layout of the route.

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Went through Trail and Warfield hoping to catch a train. Didn't really get a shot of a train assending famed Warfield hill with it's 4.5% grade. One of these days I will have to make a trip back to get photo of a train there. Maybe I can talk the wife into a summer camping trip to Christina Lake or Nelson.

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« Reply #54 on: May 9th, 2005, 12:02am »
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Both these shots are of the fertilizer plant at Warfield. No trains though  

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This photo is a shot of the only train I saw that day at trail. A pair of GP38s swithcing the smelter facility. In the foreground you can see the track curve away the right which is the start of the Warfield hill climb. I drove down to the highway and climbed up the hill be the smelter hoping to get a shot of the units switching however they has disappeared back into the plant and were not to be seen again.

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« Reply #56 on: May 9th, 2005, 12:08am »
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Here is a shot of the three track yard at the top of Warfield hill. In the background are some of the chemical unloading tracks with racks.  
 
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on May 8th, 2005, 11:38pm, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
What I found suprising was that BNSF is using welded rail on this branchline. It must have some heavy traffic at times?

 
Don't be surprised by the CWR.  Getting rid of the joints saves so much in maintenance it is worth it at any level of traffic.  For a railroad company that has a welding plant, the marginal cost of additonal welds is about the same as a set of bars and bolts, and the cost track construction or rail replacement when you are pulling the rail off the rail train in long strings is actually less than laying jointed.  
 
The only reason to lay jointed rail in is that if the track is very short stub end or if you know the tie condition is or will be allowed to become so bad that the rail will buckle at relatively low temperatures above teh zero stress temperature.  
 
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on May 8th, 2005, 11:45pm, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The following photos are of a neat little shortline from Columbia Gardens to Fruitvale known as International Rail Road Systems and has a ex GTW GP9 for power...

 
This is what they used for power for the first year they operated the old BN Nelson line in 1998.  A leased NREX CF7 #2632 shown here about 3 miles north of the pic you took of the lumber mill loading spur.  I may be mistaken but I believe that this CF7 was the only one to run in Canada.  It has since gone to the Maryland & Delaware and has kept its number, I think.
 
The Atco mill in Fruitvale is a veneere plant which manufactures the laminates for plywood.  The Atco sawmill, the one where you shot the center beams flats, has since closed and been dismantled, so those shots will never be there to get again.  I will post some shots of the last moves to Salmo when I get around to it.
 
 


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« Reply #59 on: May 9th, 2005, 11:48pm »
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Seeing those pictures of the Warfield fertilizer plant brings back memories, having grown up across the tracks on the other side of the park near the plant.  I recall (vaguely) the Trainmasters rumbling up the hill.  Mostly remember the GP9s.  Two at the front and one or two at the back.  The house would usually start to shake before the diesels were heard.  Sad to say I have not one picture of any of it.  Will have to check with the parents to see if they have any shots in the albums.
 
Here's a few miscellaneous shots from all over the southern interior.  This one is of a freight passing at Craigellachie.


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