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Mark J
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« Reply #80 on: Aug 16th, 2005, 4:10pm »
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on Jul 11th, 2005, 10:19pm, enr3004 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
South of Cranbrook

Great shot Nic, should read west of Cranbrook though
 
CEFX 1012 west on the Moyie sub, guessing around mile 30 or so


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Mark J
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« Reply #81 on: Sep 7th, 2005, 2:52pm »
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Check this out   http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8742&page=1&pp=10

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Mark J
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« Reply #82 on: Sep 7th, 2005, 7:18pm »
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on Sep 7th, 2005, 5:14pm, Alco_GE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
  I presume the Spur at M. 70 on the Windermere Sub. is the Old Westroc Gypsum Plant.  There used to be a Road Bridge across the Columbia here, and I suspect that is the Panorama Ski Hill road off in the distance.  Do they still Load Out here??...
 
...Westroc purchased an old MLW Switcher c. 1980 to use as a Remote BeltPak Unit, but, CPR wanted a Run Away Track installed so the Locomotive could not go Foul.

 
After Westroc's lease ran out on the Indian land at mile 70.5, the cost of renewing the lease was too great, I assume someone wanted to get rich in a hurry.  So instead of paying a higher rate to keep the loadout where it was they bought land right in Invermere next to the tracks and built a new loadout with four tracks.  Sadly they use a trackmobile, pictured here to move cars around the site.  It would have been much more interesting to see them use an old alco switcher, but I'm sure this does them fine.  The lead for the loadout comes off the team track about 200 yards south of the north siding switch.  The wayfreight sets out cars on the team track and never goes into the actual loadout, westroc sets loads out on the team and lifts empties themselves.  The only cars these guys get are gray leasors i.e. NACX, PROX, NCHX and a few others, some say Westroc on them, in fact that's probably what is underneath the patch on the car to the left.  All the loads go north to the mainline.
 
The Louisiana Pacific gypsum loadout in Canal Flats uses CP hoppers exclusively.


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« Reply #83 on: Sep 7th, 2005, 7:24pm »
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Here's one more looking back near the lead to the Westroc loadout.  This would be a cool little industry to model, the whole sit isn't that big.

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« Reply #84 on: Sep 10th, 2005, 7:52pm »
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I was surprized last night.  I checked the board the day before, I was 25th out.  I thought I would have atleast a couple of days before I was called, but low and behold the phone rang at midnight, "you're called to work at 0100 on 819 straight away to Golden".  Such is life sometimes on the trainman's spareboard, some of the time you just can't be sure that you won't get called.
 
I took this one today, september 10th, at Horse Creek while we waited to meet the south wayfreight.  We had the 9719 leading with the 9510 dead in transit and the 9630 at the rear pushing with 124 coal loads, 514 axles in all.  It was a dreary rainy day, but decided to take a few pictures anyway even though this one may look a bit grainy.
 
enjoy...
 
Mark J



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« Reply #85 on: Feb 20th, 2006, 8:17am »
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9835 south taking the siding to meet 9722 north at Torrent near mile 29 Windermere sub on a warm sunny august afternoon.

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Union Pacific SD90mac's which are now approved to lead in Canada on the Kingsgate to Lethbridge corridor are becoming more and more common and the CEFX SD90mac's are becoming less and less common.  Here are a couple shots I took yesterday of a loaded grain train westbound about 7 miles east of Cranbrook, British Columbia, likely a 387, with all UP power lead by UP 8306...

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« Reply #87 on: May 8th, 2007, 8:09am »
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These grain trains always have one midtrain remote, here is UP 8305 about 60 cars back

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« Reply #88 on: May 11th, 2007, 1:28pm »
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on May 8th, 2007, 8:05am, Mark J wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Union Pacific SD90mac's which are now approved to lead in Canada on the Kingsgate to Lethbridge corridor...

 
What was wrong or required to make these units approved for lead?  Were they allowed as extra power but not head-end before?


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« Reply #89 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 6:14am »
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on May 11th, 2007, 1:28pm, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
What was wrong or required to make these units approved for lead?  Were they allowed as extra power but not head-end before?

 
In a nut shell... I would assume that the main reason these units were not able to lead in Canada is because of different rules between the two countries.  In the states all they need is one event recorder somewhere in the consist where as in Canada all the units in a consist must have event recorders.  There was some issues as well with the union, the UP units lacked fridges and hot plates which are required for units in the lead position by our contract.  When these units first started out leading last year they lacked hot plates and fridges.  An agreement was made up so that any CP crew who was given a UP unit as a leader without a hot plate would be entitled to an extra payment over and above the day's ticket.  This agreement expired now as all the UP units have since had fridges and hot plates installed.  Another thing is that the UP units have vinyl seats which can get sweaty and uncomfortable, all of our CP units have cloth seats, but apperantly this doesn't have any bearing on the use of these units as leaders.


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« Reply #90 on: Jul 2nd, 2007, 3:18pm »
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Cranbrook shops tracks on June 24 07.  There was some CP power on hand off to the right out of frame.

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« Reply #91 on: Jul 3rd, 2007, 2:51pm »
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Heheh, just like Thornton yard. There's often more BNSF or CPR power on the shops than CN.

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Here is a shot taken September 5th 2005 when I was called spare to fill in on an assigned work train loading ballast in the pit at Swansea, which is 10 miles west of Cranbrook on what was the Nelson subdivision before the Moyie sub came into being.
 
A year after this shot was taken 5566 suffered a serious mechanical breakdown and was declared surplus in December 2006 and is off the roster.


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Eastbound train number 268 Hinkle to Edmonton tucked away in the siding west of Fernie, BC at Morrisey while we waited for our meet on April 8th 2006.  SP 166 was one of a few unpatched SP units along with CP 9561.

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A new one from yesterday.....
 
 
Heading west to Castlegar over the Kootenay River at Taghum, BC.


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« Reply #95 on: Nov 7th, 2009, 12:45pm »
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Keep up the great photos and descriptions Mark J! They are wonderful. The railroading scenery is no where near that nice down here in Pennsylvania in the states. Great work!

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Here is one from 2004 of our train being loaded at Coal Mountain, where the former town of Corbin was.  There are a few of the old town buildings left but mining operations have drastically changed the landscape.  
 
Thanks for the compliment NSfan


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