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« Reply #280 on: May 12th, 2011, 1:34am »
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A few people have wondered where the grain hoppers were spotted that came into Cowichan Bay for Top Shelf in the mid to late 80's and today at work someone asked me the same question, well the cars were spotted on the main line next to the road to Westcan Terminals, there was plenty of room to park a truck and the portable auger, CN would give topshelf the heads up of the car coming and the truck and auger would start unloading as soon as a car or two was spotted, being the barge was coming only once or twice a week then it would be easy to have the cars empty for the next turn, the cars were usually the blue ADM or green Chicago Northwestern hoppers and had ground soybean or corn, my brother worked for topshelf for awhile so several times i was there when they were unloading the cars.

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« Reply #281 on: Jul 6th, 2011, 4:55pm »
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The subject of Victoria Pacific Railway and CN's last runs to Colwood and Rocky Point are being discussed over at Mike Dunham-Wilkie's photostream, and something's been bothering me.
 
I've seen posted to here CN timetables from 1968 and 1979. The '68 has a speed limit of 20 mph with some slow orders, the '79 has a blanket limit of 10 mph and lists everything south of Leechtown (mile 33.9) to Tillicum as abandoned. Leechtown is 25 miles away of Deerholme (as is Youbou in the opposite direction), Colwood is 50 miles away. Hmmm... I'm not saying the slow order was the reason for ending service, but it seems like an interesting coincidence that exactly half the servicable track was abandoned at about the same time the speed limit was cut in half.
 
Does anyone have timetables between these two and know when the 10 mph limit was put into place? Also, when were the last runs to Colwood and Rocky Point? I had always thought '72, then I heard '75, now someone has said 76 or 77.
 
There's also the question of when the Victoria Pacific equipment was moved via shoofly interchange track to CP - sometime between '76 and '80, I'm told. Strange that it only ran for two seasons and then sat unused for several years. I had been under the impression it was something like Pacific Wilderness - here one day and then zooming out of town the next. (Inasumuch as a geared logging steam engine can zoom - the Chariots Of Fire theme is coming to mind here...)


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« Reply #282 on: Jul 7th, 2011, 2:24am »
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The book A Historic Guide to the E&N railway by Ian Baird has a chapter on the CNR and on pages 8 and 9 it reads...Trains continued to come as far south as Colwood until 1972 when that service was put on an "as required basis" The Rocky Point military installation received its ammunition by rail until 1977.
I do remember seeing boxcars spotted at Tyup being unloaded by the DND in 1977 and later the boxcars were unloaded on the siding closer to Westcan Terminals, mostly single cars but sometimes a pair and always had the explosive placards, were still unloading cars there in the mid 80's.
So it could be that Antrobus was still shipping out poles till 76 or 77  
 
 


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« Reply #283 on: Sep 6th, 2011, 9:17pm »
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Who else remembers the visit of the BC Museum Train in September 1975?  I'm sure other pictures of the event have been posted somewhere on this board but I don't know where.  I'll put in "CN pics" since the train was parked in the CN yard.  Here's 1077 beside the interchange track.  I wonder what was in that tank car, and where it was going?

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« Reply #284 on: Sep 6th, 2011, 9:20pm »
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And comin' at ya!

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« Reply #285 on: Sep 6th, 2011, 9:22pm »
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And Shawnigan Lake Lumber 2 was in steam as well.

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« Reply #286 on: Sep 7th, 2011, 1:37am »
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on Sep 6th, 2011, 9:17pm, Dayliner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Who else remembers the visit of the BC Museum Train in September 1975?  I'm sure other pictures of the event have been posted somewhere on this board but I don't know where.  I'll put in "CN pics" since the train was parked in the CN yard.  Here's 1077 beside the interchange track.  I wonder what was in that tank car, and where it was going?

 
Great pics! Maybe that tank car was from the BCFP mill, but I don't know why they would have interchanged it with the E&N?


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« Reply #287 on: Sep 7th, 2011, 3:48pm »
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Maybe that tank car was from the BCFP mill, but I don't know why they would have interchanged it with the E&N?

May have been consigned to BCFP from a shipper on a CP line, so would be routed via E&N to/from Victoria.
 
Or, could be consigned to an up-Island customer from a shipper on a CN line and routed via Point Ellice to/from that customer.


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« Reply #288 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 10:54pm »
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on Jul 6th, 2011, 4:55pm, emilydm wrote:       (Click here for original message)
There's also the question of when the Victoria Pacific equipment was moved via shoofly interchange track to CP - sometime between '76 and '80, I'm told. Strange that it only ran for two seasons and then sat unused for several years.

 
My question has been answered, from the records of Dave Wilkie himself: mid-July to early August 1976.


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« Reply #289 on: Mar 18th, 2012, 3:30pm »
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This is Dave Wilkies shot of the last run east of Deerholme on June 20, 1979on Aug 17th, 2004, 2:54pm, ENR3870 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
CN 1000 hauls a northbound freight at Leechtown. Dave Wilkie photo.

 


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on Apr 4th, 2012, 12:28am, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)


A east bound CN train at mile 75.6 Cowichan Sub.


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on Apr 4th, 2012, 12:42am, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)

A east bound CN train at mile 75.6 Cowichan Sub.
 

Another photo not far from the town of Lake Cowichan I think.


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« Reply #292 on: Apr 4th, 2012, 1:04am »
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Great shots, Frank! Nice to see any shots of this line  

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Great shots, Frank! Nice to see any shots of this line  

Glad you like them Chris, it kind brings back a better time on Vancouver Island for me. Sure would be nice if they would make up there mind about the E&N, the longer they they wait the harder it is going to be to bring it back.
 


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« Reply #294 on: Apr 4th, 2012, 3:17pm »
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on Apr 4th, 2012, 1:47am, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Glad you like them Chris, it kind brings back a better time on Vancouver Island for me. Sure would be nice if they would make up there mind about the E&N, the longer they they wait the harder it is going to be to bring it back.
 

 
If I'd only turned 16 and gotten my drivers license a few years earlier I could've photographed this line too!


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« Reply #295 on: Apr 5th, 2012, 12:51am »
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on Apr 4th, 2012, 11:00pm, Sidewinder wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Hey, how come you never showed that to me before!  Gosh, seeing that almost did me in!
 
Maybe you did show me?  One good thing about dementia - every slide show is a new one.
 
Meade Creek, right?  Not as picturesque as it used to be.
 

When I found these slides the other night that was the first time I remember seeing, too.  May stop by tomorrow for coffee, hauling concrete tomorrow brother can't get drivers, I still have rocks in my head.
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on Apr 5th, 2012, 12:51am, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)

When I found these slides the other night that was the first time I remember seeing, too.  May stop by tomorrow for coffee, hauling concrete tomorrow brother can't get drivers, I still have rocks in my head.
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Thinking about these slides now, I know when I did see them last, it was on your projector at your house. It was when you and I sat down and went thru my slides and labeled the boxes.


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« Reply #297 on: Apr 7th, 2012, 5:16am »
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Shouldn't you be giving that concrete-hauling business to the railway?

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on Apr 7th, 2012, 5:16am, CPRail4744 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Shouldn't you be giving that concrete-hauling business to the railway?

That would be a good idea, no tracks to Western Mines thou.


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Is this the same bridge? Taken in pouring rain June 2011.


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