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Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Nov 25th, 2003, 2:25pm
This thread is for posting your E&N photos. I'll start. FarmRail RDC 6130 on the turntable in Vic West.  
 
Posted by: kidcongo Posted on: Nov 26th, 2003, 12:46am
Some pics of the E&N / Wellcox November 2003
Posted by: kidcongo Posted on: Nov 26th, 2003, 12:50am
some photos of Wellcox / November 2003
Posted by: kidcongo Posted on: Nov 26th, 2003, 12:53am
wellcox November 2003
Posted by: kidcongo Posted on: Dec 16th, 2003, 3:12am
Budd car in Vic West October 2003
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Dec 17th, 2003, 5:10pm
CP 6701 switches the Vic West Yard. J. Glen Roemer photo.
Posted by: kidcongo Posted on: Dec 18th, 2003, 2:47am
Do you know when this pic was taken?  I recognize the propane cars.  Are the hoppers for ballast?    
 
I saw both Rail America's geeps drag a dead RDC back to the roundhouse on December 16th.  Not your run of the mill lash-up.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Dec 18th, 2003, 5:50pm
In the photo, it looks like the crew is putting together the train for the trip back to Nanaimo which the GP's(judging from the time of the photo, those were GP35's) sitting in the back ground would haul haul to Nanaimo. The photo was taken in 1988 about 4 years before the Store St. tracks were lifted. The Propane hoppers were from ICG Propane in Langford, and Intercity Gas on Store St. as the train worked its way north they'd pick up cars from Superior Propane in Esquimalt and Top Shelf Feeds in Duncan. The grain hopers came from Borden Mercantile via the Canadian National's Cowichan Subdivision which was abandoned 2 years later. The Boxcars were probably from Standard Furniture in Vic West.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 6th, 2004, 6:52pm
VIA 6135 speeds along Atkins Rd. Mick Hall photo.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:28am
VIA 6148 peaks around a trailer as it arrives in Victoria from Courtenay.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:30am
VIA Budds in Langford. This was taken on the 6135's test run before it went into service. It made the trip from Victoria to Courtenay and back, completely empty, with the trailing RDC, 6148 handling the passenger loads.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:32am
6135 rests in Nanaimo on the northbound trip.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:35am
A look inside one of the rebuilt RDC's. This is the refurbished passenger area of 6135.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:37am
6148 sits in Courtenay before heading south.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:41am
6148 in Nanaimo
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:43am
snack bar on board 6148.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:48am
6148 pulls into Victoria.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 2:50am
Budds on the Turntable in Vic West
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:07pm
E&N Railway highrail stopped in Courtenay to do some work on a switch. This photo was snapped about 10 minutes before the northbound Budds arrived.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:11pm
GP9 1001 crests the grade at the top of the Malahat. Jason King photo. Back when freight trains still ran to Victoria.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:15pm
GP38 3877 pulls a northbound Victoria Turn through Cobble Hill. Jason King photo.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:18pm
GP38's 3809 and 3870 haul about 5 propane cars to Superior Propane in Nanaimo. Jason King photo.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:20pm
Northbound Victoria Turn whistles for the Humpback Rd. crossing. The train is passing the abandoned Goldstream station. The power on this run was GP9 1001 and GP38 3809.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Jan 21st, 2004, 12:25pm
Westbound Port Alberni Turn stopped for lunch at Whiskey Creek. Jason King photo.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 12:04am
The Courtenay turn returning to Parksville in December of 1992. The crew had left the rest of its cars in front of the station earlier that day. The crew did some gravity switching to add the cars to the train and then proceeded on to Parksville to do some switching in the insustrial park.  
 
ENR3005
 
 
 
 
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 12:08am
Port Alberni turn passing the National Silicates spur in December of 1992. It was a short consist this day with only one hopper and eight boxcars.
 
ENR3005
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 1:30am
Victoria yard November 1989
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 2:01am
Duncan turn, December 29, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 3:28am
Victoria turn in Chemainus, BC, Novemeber 27, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 3:30am
Victoria Yard, October 1989 (note truck unloading boxcar!):
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 4:33am
3870 blasts across a crossing near Wellington.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 4:41am
The pair of GP38's shove propane cars(behind the ballast hoppers) into one of the last customers on the railway, Superior Propane in Nanaimo.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 4:30pm
Nanaimo switcher returning to Wellcox Yard , December 29, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 4:36pm
Victoria turn returning to Wellcox yard at Cassidy with 11 cars that day! December 8, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 4:44pm
Switching Buckerfields feed plant in Duncan. As I was taking this pic, one of the rails folded over putting the grain car wheels in the dirt, the train crew was not happy, one of them asked me if I wanted  a job as he wanted to go home! Buckerfields is (was) about a kilometer north of Top Shelf. December 29, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 11:14pm
Victoria turn with a boxcar of bagged flour to be dropped off at the E.H. Pope siding in Langford. January 29, 1993:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 11:17pm
GP38AC 3010 resting at Wellcox Yard, Nanaimo. December 8, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 24th, 2004, 11:42pm
switching Superior Propane, Esquimalt BC, unknown date (late 92-early 93):
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 1:33am
Gravity switch move in progress back in December of 1992. The train will continue on to Parksville shortly for some switching in the industrial park.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 1:35am
Wellcox yard in July of 1992. Kind of empty on this day.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 4:38am
e.h. pope siding?....was that the big warehouse just off of jacklin road?
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 12:40pm
That spur is still there, albeit shortened. Pacific Wilderness used it to store some equipment(rather than Pay CP 800 bucks a day for the Vic West yard) between the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 5:11pm
EH Pope was a bakery inside that big warehouse on Jacklin Road. When that train showed up with that boxcar, I couldnt figure out who it was for. I thought they might leave it at the loading dock in the yard but they left Victoria with it. I was pretty surprised when they dropped it at that warehouse because it wasnt a regular customer. Anyway, heres a pic of that boxcar at EH Pope, January 29, 1993:
Posted by: torch Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 6:52pm
thats where i thought.in the early 80s when the warehouse first opened,it was a huge food distributer....they would  get up to 5-6 cars at  a time.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 9:17pm
Ladysmith, December 22, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 9:18pm
Cassidy, November 27, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 9:20pm
Westholme January 5, 1993:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 9:21pm
Westholme January 22, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 25th, 2004, 9:23pm
near Crofton December 8, 1992:
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2004, 4:43pm
on Feb 25th, 2004, 1:35am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Wellcox yard in July of 1992. Kind of empty on this day.

 
Not nearly as empty as it is now.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2004, 4:44pm
A VERY empty Wellcox yard.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2004, 4:45pm
The E&N's last three locomotives.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2004, 2:23pm
Great pictures guys. I have dug out a few more more from my collection to post. The first is a group of GP38s waiting for their next assignment back in the spring of 1992.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2004, 2:27pm
Some barge switching on around 4pm on June 6, 1994. The yard was very full this day as you will see in the next photo below.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2004, 2:31pm
I had never seen the yard so full. There seemed to be a healthy amount of traffic on the system at this date. Also you will note that CP had been doing some work to the engine area. Its hard to believe that so much has changed in the last 10 years.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 17th, 2004, 8:23pm
on Mar 17th, 2004, 8:04pm, KVR_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great pics, all!!  Keep them coming, especially of ones taken in the 1960's/70's, including structures.  This pic has an un-id SW (can't remember which  ), a high hood GP-9 #8835, and RDC #6134.

 
Great pic KVR_Fan!! if you have any more E&N pics please post em!!  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2004, 11:30pm
Excellent posts !!
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 17th, 2004, 11:59pm
great pics! I felt like I was watching a slide show (refresh, refresh,refresh.....) As I was looking at your pics I was trying to piece everything together, where everything was located. I'm almost 29 so I have a vague memory of what things looked like around 1985. Cant wait for the CN pics
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 12:25am
heres a pic of me in the same caboose in KVR_Fans yard picture, March 1985:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 12:26am
CP crane in Vic yard, March 1985:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 12:27am
old passenger car in Vic yard, March 1985 (anybody know where this ended up?):
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 12:29am
another pic of myself with my cousin, again Vic yard same day, March 1985:
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 1:27am
KVR,
 
The pic showing the oil tanks and lack of condos.  The one where you are standing on the bridge.  Can you position yourself in this shot for me.  I can't quite figure out where you are in the shot.  Is that the short birdge after the blue bridge. Those tanks were removed, yes??  So much has changed since then, and I only moved here a year ago!  
 
Why is almost everyone on this board in their early thirties ??   I think we have struck on a marketing demographic!  
 
Thanks again for the great shots!
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 4:27am
on Mar 18th, 2004, 12:27am, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
old passenger car in Vic yard, March 1985 (anybody know where this ended up?):

 
West Coast Railway Association in Squamish.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 5:24am
slades used to be served by the e&n .the spur was down beside their building .i watched it git seitched a couple times.anybody know when that stopped?
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 11:14am
I was talking to my grandmother on the subject and she remembers a paint factory near Slades that was served by the E and N at one time.  
 
Cheers
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 3:21pm
Whereabouts was that scale track located??
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 18th, 2004, 6:20pm
yup..im sure it was on the same track as the scale.....hey KVR....did you get any photos of the cn freight house yard trackage that was located near the cn\cp junction?you know,just off of esquimalt and tyee road.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 19th, 2004, 2:46am
OK, thanks. I'm going to be getting some pictures of the area for my project. It's similar to the KVR Mileboards written by Joe Smuin.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 3:42am
The platform still remains. That station was actually the Victoria station, it was on the site of the original 1886 Victoria(Russell's) station. The Esquimalt station is located at the end of Halowell Rd. in View Royal.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 3:55am
if you recall.there used to be a spur branching off from the street by the station ....it served that white warehouse that you can see in the photo and an additional warehouse located where you see the lowrise "villa" style condos in the background-right around the esquimalt road crossing.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 2:53pm
Victoria Van Lines??
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 6:12pm
ya...i think that was one of the two warehouses.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 10:13pm
Duncan turn, December 29, 1992  just north of Chemainus:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 10:14pm
December 22, 1992, Nanaimo:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 10:15pm
December 22/92, Shawnigan Lake:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Mar 24th, 2004, 10:17pm
Nanaimo switcher just returning to Wellcox, November 29/92:
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 27th, 2004, 8:49am
A grain car hiding in the brush.  Wellcox yard Fall of 2000
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 27th, 2004, 8:51am
Dry Branch Kaolin (I found out that this is a chemical used in the paper mill in Port Alberni)  Wellcox Yard - fall 2000
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 27th, 2004, 8:55am
2099 and friend in the yard.  Wellcox - Fall 2001
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Mar 28th, 2004, 11:53pm
on Mar 18th, 2004, 12:27am, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
old passenger car in Vic yard, March 1985 (anybody know where this ended up?):

As someone else has already remarked, the car ended up at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.  It is a former CPR colonist car, and has been restored to house an exhibit interpreting the role of the railways in settling the Canadian prairies.  While most of the car has been given over to display space, one section will be restored to show a typical colonist car seating section.  The car is now kept under cover and is in much better condition than in its E&N days.
 
Incidentally, there are a few other items of Island interest in the collection, including ex-CN 80-tonner #74, which operated at Point Ellice.  Ex-CN Fowler patent boxcar 427708, was, I believe, also at Point Ellice during the last years of operation there, and a lot of the rail at the park came from the Point Ellice yards.
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 1st, 2004, 1:45am
Ahh... the CPR vegitation management train...PC for weed killer, i remember the very first time it came to the Island and i went to Ladysmith to see it, there was two Caboose's full of guys with suits and ties and the cleanest hard hats i have ever seen, these were the "brass" from head office and when i said to them "gee i bet you never thought you would see steam on the E&N again" i had to duck! what is interesting to note is the two locomotives were pulling the weed steamer not pushing it like later vegitation trains and the steamer itself did not have the little cab on it, do remember another thing  all the crew including hogger Jimmy Sturgill and the conductor had to wear had hats.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Apr 5th, 2004, 9:09pm
on Apr 5th, 2004, 3:32pm, KVR_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Just out of curiosity, how well did the steam vegetation-control train work?  

 
Better than the trackmower Rail America uses.  
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 6th, 2004, 12:32am
The steam train worked best at a speed of  2 miles per hour but the last couple of times it was used some "bean counter" at CPR said the crew was taking to long and said to speed up and of course it did not work as good... when it was working it seemed to nuke just about anything including broom...an interesting note is that the unit went to Alaska and was tried up there on the Alaska Railroad and that also BNSF was interested in how the system was working but i am not sure if it was used on thier line.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Apr 6th, 2004, 11:28pm
Northbound Parksville Turn pulls into the Wellington Siding for a meet with "Passenger VIA 6148 South".
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Apr 6th, 2004, 11:32pm
Northbound Parksville Turn leaving Wellington after "Passenger VIA 6148 South" had cleared.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: Apr 6th, 2004, 11:36pm
Whoops, almost forgot. Parksville Turn meeting 6148.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 8th, 2004, 9:08pm
An old pic of the CN water tower. Photographer unknown
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 25th, 2004, 3:52pm
Here is some more mystery photos by an unknown photographer from the same set as the ones of the passenger train I postes earlier.   They are simply labelled "Vancouver Island" and I know nothing more about them.   It is cool to see some of the action that went on "back in the day".   I assume it is a coal operation somewhere around Nanaimo, but that's just a guess.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 25th, 2004, 3:59pm
number 2
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 25th, 2004, 4:04pm
number 3
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 25th, 2004, 4:09pm
number 4
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 26th, 2004, 1:28am
Hey Cody  
Those four pics of the coal operations are at Union Bay which was shut down in August of 1960.
As for finding out who took these great photos can you
find out what street the house was on that they came from? if you do ask some of the fellas at the BCRHA like Don Maclachlan or Bob Turner if the knew any railfan who was living on that street...bit of a long shot but you never know.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 6th, 2004, 1:40am
All the pics from the pile are posted, give or take a few that were poorer pictures of the same scenes.   I will have another look next time I'm at my dad's to see if I missed anything interesting.
 
The paper used on all the photos is identical, which causes me to wonder whether or not they were all developed at the same time.   It could be that they were still running steam coal operation at Union Bay at the same time the yard pics and the passenger train photos were taken.    
 
Those were the days!  
 
I've attached a couple of pics taken by Richard Slingerland that show wellcox in the nineties.   I think the log trains are interesting.  I wonder if they were unloading them right there in the yard?   The old coach / crew-car thing is neat as well.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 6th, 2004, 1:48am
Another shot from the mid nineties by Richard Slingerland
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 6th, 2004, 11:23am
Those sheds are there still.  In the old tuscan red too.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 6th, 2004, 3:43pm
Very nice pictures  
 
You even managed to catch some of those nice MacBlo Thrall lumber cars in the yard. Does anyone know when the the lumber mill closed in Port Alberni as from what I know this was once an important source of revenue for the E&N. I am not familar with operations in the 1980s but I understand that traffic at times required two Port Turns a day.  I have seen many photos with substantial lumber loadings such as the one below (Sorry I do not who the author is for the attached picture) This picture was taken near Locharkaig. This train seems to be a bit underpowered wouldn't you say.
Posted by: ENRailway Posted on: May 6th, 2004, 3:56pm
on May 6th, 2004, 11:23am, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Those sheds are there still.  In the old tuscan red too.

 
yep, tool sheds for the mechanics, if they tore those down where would they keep the tools and parts for the Geeps?
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: May 10th, 2004, 1:41am
There are still sawmills in Port Alberni and when Rail America first set up on the island they tried to get the lumber traffic back and there was bulkhead and centre beam cars stored everywhere for awhile but for reasons unknown it did not work out...there was a plywood plant in Port that closed in 1991 and they shipped by rail using the same E&N boxcars that went to Vic ply as well as the M&B thrall cars.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 12:28am
I thought it has been a little slow in the photo department, so I have scanned a couple of my own. The photos were taken back in September 1999.
 
The first was taken at the little Qualicum Falls campground outside of Coombs.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 12:33am
Cameron Lake
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 12:39am
Some shots of ENR 3004 switching the Ioco spur in Port Moody in the Summer of 2000.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 12:40am
Switching at the end of the line.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 12:46am
Wellcox March 2004
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 1:52am
Hey ENR3005,
 
A off-island question.  Is the 3004 switching IOCO?  I thought that refinery was history....or do they still use it for storage?
 
Thanks for the photos......nice train at Cameron!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2004, 2:13am
The train is actually switching the Ioco plant. If you look at the bottom photo one of the crew is standing by the gate into the plant. The line was almost shut down after poor track conditions caused a bad derailment in a residental area. In fact one of the tank cars ended up in the Mayor of Port Moody's living room who ended up suing CP and refusing to let them operate the line until the line was rebuilt.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 5th, 2004, 5:53pm
on Aug 5th, 2004, 5:32pm, KVR_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The roundhouse is in pathetic shape.  All the bay doors are blocked off except for #1, and in some areas you can see where sections of the roof are missing.  

 
Yep, that's why the City of Victoria is suing CP, they say CP has violated several building codes and the Municipal Heritage Building laws.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Aug 6th, 2004, 9:01am
huh!...you should see ME!...im one of the most "out of place"-looking railfans around!...haha!
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:27pm
100 lb rail in the Victoria yard.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:37pm
Back of the roundhouse.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:41pm
I take it this is where the scale house was.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:43pm
Victoria yard. The rails here are 100 lb.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:48pm
Switching the barge.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2004, 6:51pm
At Wellcox.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 31st, 2004, 7:05pm
It is interesting to see that the auger operation is still in full effect at Wellcox, with two hoppers spotted there.  Are those recent photos?
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 31st, 2004, 9:20pm
IIRC, the auger is left there year round. The hopper is actually from National Silicates in Parksville.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Sep 1st, 2004, 9:42pm
in that photo anyway,they are actually truck trailers...
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Sep 20th, 2004, 10:14pm
The bargeslip at Wellcox, with it's cheerful paint.     August 2004
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Sep 20th, 2004, 10:17pm
A detail of the bargeslip at Wellcox.   Anyone know how old this structure is?    It looks like it's in pretty good shape up close.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Sep 21st, 2004, 3:51am
on Sep 21st, 2004, 2:34am, KVR_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 Does anyone know when the rail barge calls in?

 
Monday mornings. Around 9 or 10 AM.
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2004, 7:18pm
Not quite E&N but Niagara canyon.
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2004, 7:20pm
And a second one.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2004, 3:34am
on Sep 22nd, 2004, 6:14am, KVR_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Picture from the West Coast Railway Association website. ( http://www.wcra.org/tours/victoria.htm )

 
 
Too bad we won't see that RDC in service again
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2004, 11:31am
Victoria yard, from B&W files.
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2004, 11:33am
And a second.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 6th, 2004, 12:55am
Here is a photo of the Bridge at Milepost 48 near Crofton.   Some fall colour, but sadly no train today.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 6th, 2004, 12:58am
A detail of the bidge deck with river below
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 6th, 2004, 1:02am
Another pic pic of the MP48 bridge in the middle of a rainstorm.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 6th, 2004, 1:08am
Final pic of the four I took of the Bridge today.  Some detail of the construction.   I hope those rivets and those old rusty welds hold-up.   We are putting a lot of faith in the engineering of a by-gone era when we ride the dayliner.   Luckily it seems like these structures were built to last.  Hopefully RA, CP, or VIA is properly inspected the many bridges and tresltes along the line.  Sometimes I wonder if they are just keeping their fingers crossed.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Oct 6th, 2004, 11:27am
Those bridges see regular maintenance and are inspected every few months. The only bridges that aren't are the ones on the Lake Cowichan Sub, because its abandoned and the Port Alberni Sub because its "railbanked".
Posted by: KVR_Fan Posted on: Oct 28th, 2004, 12:33am
An e-mail correspondence garnished a couple of E&N and CNR pics (see the CNR Pics thread) from a gentleman in Arizona.  These were taken by his father.  He also has a personal website of rail related pics and stories (he got a cab ride on a switcher from the roundhouse, on the turntable, and over to downtown Victoria and back in 1963), check out: http://www.shownontheweb.com/RR/html/dispatcher.html
 
Photo by the late Arthur A Noyes of Hamilton, ON/Phoenix, AZ.
Posted by: KVR_Fan Posted on: Oct 28th, 2004, 12:33am
Photo by the late Arthur A Noyes of Hamilton, ON/Phoenix, AZ.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2004, 4:00pm
6701 Inside Victoria Roundhouse - 1984
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2004, 4:07pm
6702 on CN Interchange track - 1984
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2004, 4:10pm
Parksville from cab of 8827 - 1984
Posted by: FZ Posted on: Nov 14th, 2004, 3:09pm
Pix of charter run with NRHS coaches - September 1999
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Nov 14th, 2004, 9:06pm
thats a pretty good pic FZ! when was it taken?
 
KootenayValleyRailway  
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2004, 1:47am
I'm guessing it was just after RailAmerica took over. They ran trains to Courtenay, Victoria and Port Alberni for their board of directors.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Nov 26th, 2004, 4:46pm
Where might I find the E&N route for download? Activities also...
 
Just reinstalled MSTS and forgot how fun it really was, regardless of how 'boring' other people find such a game to be...
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Nov 26th, 2004, 9:25pm
on Nov 26th, 2004, 4:46pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Where might I find the E&N route for download? Activities also...
 
Just reinstalled MSTS and forgot how fun it really was, regardless of how 'boring' other people find such a game to be...

 
 
ENR3005 is still working on the route. I've made a few activities for the route, some based on the current operations, some fantasy ones. ENR3005 also has a few activities for the route.  
 
He sent me a copy because I volunteered to beta test the route for him.
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: Dec 4th, 2004, 12:06pm
Stocketts is actually  (stockett)
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 1:36am
Whoops, my mistake. I've corrected the message.
 
Here's 1001 at ICG Propane in Courtenay. No wonder the engineer was in a bad mood, 2099 was out of service, they had to run long hood forward back to Wellcox with 1001.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 2:37am
1001 at the south switch at Dunsmuir.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 2:38am
1001 at a crossing south of Dunsmuir.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 3:10am
1001 on the French Creek Bridge.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 3:12am
Turned the 1001 on the wye at Parksville, rather than running all the way back to Wellcox long hood forward.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 5:51am
2099 on the Stockett Spur at Stockett, heading north. 2099 is still a work in progress, I still have to paint the running boards and pilots.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2004, 5:54am
Heading onto the north leg of the wye at Stockett.
Posted by: EvergreenRailfan Posted on: Dec 25th, 2004, 11:05pm
I was up in Victoria in November, here are some pictures  I took of the E&N VIA Depot while I was there. Unfortunately, the Malahat was not around. I only had 4 hours.
Posted by: EvergreenRailfan Posted on: Dec 25th, 2004, 11:16pm
Victoria Station, from across the street.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Dec 28th, 2004, 10:52pm
i have no idea....maybe it was taken in port alberi...i heard there was a couple excursions to there in the old days after regular service ended.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2004, 2:43am
I may be wrong, but I don't think 9107 was used on the E&N. If that shot is on the E&N, it could be the 9103, 9105, or 9199. If it is a shot of the 9107, I don't think it's on the E&N. From all the sources(books) I've seen, the 9107 was one of the regulars on the Kootenay and Kettle Valley trains, and later the Edmonton-Calgary run.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 3:17pm
The lack of other buildings in the area would suggest somewhere else besides the station in Victoria. I'm thinking it's either in the Alyth yard, or outside the Ogden Shops in Calgary.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 3:30pm
Prehaps a cross post to the CP forum asking where the picture was taken might work.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 4:41pm
The location has been identified. It's outside the roundhouse in Edmonton.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 5th, 2005, 5:04am
Just a note of interest, CP 9107 is still working for VIA. It's VIA 6215 and runs on the Sudbury-White River route.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:11am
Here is a small set of pictures in Victoria from July of 1991.  Sorry the quality is not the best, thought they might be of some interest.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:13am
Victoria, July 1991
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:16am
Roundhouse door size comparison
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:17am
View out the open door
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:18am
The yard
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:20am
Me and a tank car (I presume propane)
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:21am
Budd in the roundhouse
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:23am
Inside the roundhouse again from the other side; are there two Budds in there?
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 3:46am
One more of 6713.
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 4:42am
those are great pictures of the roundhouse! anyone know where the 6713 is now?
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 4:40pm
6713 was converted to a slug in 1993, currently numbered 1015 - Source Cdn Trackside Guide
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 9:36pm
Nice photos!!! It seems so wierd to me to see cars in the Victoria yard! That track that the tankers are on, when the PAW was in town I had to dig out all the ballast between the ties. That was a back-breaking job, but I loved it because I was working for a Railroad. Those photos of the 6134, I think there was just the one budd in the roundhouse. I don't think the 6135 showed up until later, in the early 1990's as did the 6148 and the 6133 was probably being used on the train that day. The 6134 was wrecked in 1992 when it slammed into an empty propane tanker truck, bending the frame.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 3:56am
Just before Store St. service ended I think, could be wrong though. I was only about 8 years old at the time. Someone like CP8673 or 95XXX would probably know.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 3:59am
Snow at Langford. I stood here wondering why the Malahat hadn't gone by yet, at 9:00 AM. Before I realized they were on the ground in Esquimalt.
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 11:24am
I know some of the history but I've only been on the Island since 1987.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 12:57pm
The E&N stopped running down Store St. in 1992. 6701 was the regular, but when CP sent it to Coquitlam for maintenance other units like 6713, 6718, and maybe an SW1200RS or two, was sub'ed in for it.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 2:44pm
The usuals (after Alcos and Baldwins went the way of the dodo) were 6701 and 6702.  Unfortunately, as my records of what was here come from MBS Clearances, the odd train order and the train register from Hayward.  I can't say anything specific about when a particular switcher was here.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 16th, 2005, 1:30pm
Wellcox yard in the fall of 1997. I still see the 3005 working daily here in New Westminster doing it's interchange duties with SRY, BN and CN.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jan 17th, 2005, 1:36am
note the two boxcars  on the mill spur lead.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 17th, 2005, 9:22pm
Not too sure what those two boxcars were doing there. I don't think the mill was using rail service but you never know. I know the Coastland mill just South of the yard received boxcars from time to time during the early 90s.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 18th, 2005, 2:34am
I will give CP the credit of keeping a clean property and maintaining the ROW to acceptable standards. Here are a couple more that were shot in the summer of 1995.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 18th, 2005, 2:37am
The only unit sitting in the yard that day. Both a Courtenay and Port Turn had left a couple of hours earlier and I had no time to chase them as I had to catch a ferry back to the mainland.
Posted by: challenger3985 Posted on: Jan 27th, 2005, 2:00am
Pacific Wilderness Railway in wellcox yard
Posted by: challenger3985 Posted on: Jan 27th, 2005, 2:02am
Pacific Wilderness Railway #2
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 29th, 2005, 4:13am
Nice shots.  
 
 
 Here's the north end of the Langford Siding.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Feb 5th, 2005, 12:24am
Snack bar on 6148. I find it interesting that VIA would rather waste the space with a snack bar that's never been used(since 6148 showed up on the E&N) than having the extra seating. There's no food service on the E&N, it doesn't make sense to have a snack bar taking up space that could be used to carry more passengers.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 3:47pm
6135 at Nanaimo today
 
First try with the new camera
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 3:49pm
Lunch Time on the E&N
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 3:53pm
6135 - Waiting for departure in Nanaimo
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 3:55pm
6135 Leaving Nanaimo
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:22am
Caught 6135 Southbound in Nanaimo today
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:23am
Second shot
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:25am
Heading down to Wellcox, I heard another train - 3870 was coming out of the yard.  This was taken just before he crossed the old island highway
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:29am
Caught up to them again at Superior Propane in Nanaimo
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:31am
Backing in to the plant
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 8th, 2005, 5:33am
Stopped
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 9th, 2005, 11:52am
Nice photos, I especially like the switching shots which is something not many people do. Here is a photo I found from the G.Ferguson / Motis Collection of a pair of geeps at Wellcox back in the early 80s. 8668 has one of the more unique schemes applied to some units during that period.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:56am
Here is a couple of pics of 3870 slamming though Nanaimo long-hood forward and the homeward treck to Welcox.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:58am
And another pic I took this February, 2005 of 3870 longhood forward near Wellcox.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 1:05am
So they DID fix the rear number board that got toasted in January
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 2:53am
The reason I put it in the photo is because I find it interesting as well.   I think it was served by the railway at one time.   If you walk around it all the doors and building angles suggest a historic spur.    Was it a feed mill or something?
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 7:22am
from what i haerd,it was indeed a feed mill of sorts....ive seen it ever since i was a child and walked around it myself....there is no doubt that the railway served it....i would say probably right up until at least the late 70s.otherwise this structure would probably be gone by now.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:52pm
That would be  the old Farmers Co-Op which had a 334 ft spur at one time according to Dave Wilkie's milepost guide. A shot from Hugh Fraser's video from 1989 gives a brief glimpse of where the spur might have been with a small pile of ties and disturbed ground by the white car.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 11th, 2005, 7:09pm
neat screen capture.
 
It would be great if another feed operation started up on the Island with rail access.   Maybe some more traffic could be found for the Victoria sub.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:31am
6148 heads north out of Langford in the snow.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:34am
6148 heading down to the depot in Victoria on a Sunday morning.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:38am
Heading north through the Victoria yard, shot from the park overlooking the yard and shops.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:41am
Another shot of 6148 heading north through the yard.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:44am
6148 arriving at Langford.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:49am
6148 pulling out of the shops. 6130 and 6133 look on.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:52am
Out the back of 6148 nearing Duncan, running along the Koksilah River.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 1:55am
Nearing Ducan, near mile 37. Negotiating a sweeping S-curve.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 2:00am
Remains of the Duncan shops.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 2:02am
6148 at Nanaimo.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 2:05am
6148 at Courtenay, shot while the crew grab a bite to eat and get the train ready for the trip back to Victoria.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 19th, 2005, 11:04pm
Interesting shots out of the back of the RDC.  It's those out-of-the-way places that people who have never taken the Dayliner are missing out on.
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:27am
March 3rd, Malahat flag stop
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:29am
2nd Malahat looking from "road" side
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:30am
Cobble Hill, March 3rd
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:32am
Hillbank, this one is for you.  
March 3rd
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:34am
Cowichan Station
March 03
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:36am
Detail of sign
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:40am
March 3rd, Chemainus
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:41am
Duncan, March 3rd
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:42am
Duncan timetable, March 3rd
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:44am
Wellcox, March 3rd with the crew working on 3809
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Mar 27th, 2005, 3:36am
July 1984.  Jon Bentz photograph.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 28th, 2005, 11:36pm
Two questions regarding the shot of the SW in the vic west yard:
 
What do you think would have been in those boxcars in 1989?
 
Did the rails still run into the freighthouse for unloading to those trucks?
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Mar 29th, 2005, 1:17am
There was several places recieving incoming boxcar loads at that time, Kelly Douglas, Garden City, Standard Furniture, also the ramp at the roundhouse would get car loads and CN was still getting the odd car, the plywood mill was going then and the crews would often switch it on thier way south, there was no track at that time going to those frieght houses, also in the picture did you notice the three potash hoppers near the roundhouse? those were brought down to use as idlers when switching Garden City though most times the crews just used empty boxcars.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 29th, 2005, 2:12am
"idlers" for garden city?...that sounds strange.....Ive watched the crews switch garden city at least 15 or 20 odd times throughout the 80s and beginning of the 90s and ive never seen them use those cars....the cars you are talking about are actually clay slurry cars...there were six of them against the car shop and they were there for years...i think they went back up north in two seperate mooves...around early 1990 or late 89 i saw a northbound pass throo langford with a few of them in the head end consist.....im still interested about the concept of crews using idlers to reach garden city though....ive seen the switcher go right in there solo to retrieve a boxcar....was there a concern at one point about too much weight on the old trackage at that spur?....regarding potash,i see it shipped in standard 100 ton covered hoppers nowdays.  The last time i ever saw cars unloaded at the cp transport warehouse in the vic west yard was the end of 70s...it might have continiued on sometime after that but i dont recall...those two parallel spur tracks were torn out by the early-mid 80s.
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Mar 30th, 2005, 12:23am
After the rebuilding of the store street trackage the crews found switching Garden city sometimes diffcult i was there when they put a QC boxcar on the ground, i know the crews were concerned more with the heavier units and you are correct that the switcher could run in on its own and grab a car, i was told by several crew members that those cars were brought down for idlers in fact there was several old flat cars used  before them...i was told they were old potash cars...these are not to be  confused with the car loads of clay slurry that was brought down to load onto the oil rig at Esquimalt, those were diffirent cars (and very heavy) getting back to idlers etc i found many times it was "diffirent strokes for diffirent folks" with the E&N crews some crews would bring thier Duncan and Cassidy empties right into Victoria other crews would leave them at Koksilah, they would sometimes take cars from Wellcox as idlers for thier train as well, several times i saw them use M&B thrall door cars or empty clay cars, they would roll South through Duncan the night before and North the next day, idlers were sometimes used to reach into the gas spur at Langford.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 30th, 2005, 1:27am
Hillbank,
 
Do you know where the oil rig was drilling?
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 30th, 2005, 2:35am
ok...thanks hillbank.that does make more sense to me.....after the rebuilding of store street's track,was that curve through the parking lot a tighter radius than previously?...i never had the  fortune of watching any GP unit switch there although i hear it had been done on  several occasions.I do recall seeing the vic turn with many empties picked up from the gas dealer in cassidy and i know there was at one point,some regulation concerning  having to use a spacer car between a locomotive and a propane tank or btween a caboose and propane tank.i lived in langford as a youth and the propane dealer was the easiest place for guarenteed railfanning 3 nights of the week,not to mention the moulding mill ,the coremark warehouse and even transloads made on the town siding.
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Mar 31st, 2005, 1:39am
Hey Torch, thats true the curve into Garden City was alot tighter after the store street rebuilding, it sometimes gave the crews in the GPs  trouble another problem they encounted was switching the larger cars there, the 40 ft,s were no problem but the large newer cars with diffirent draw bars.
When a train had only popane cars in its consist it did not need idlers however if there was one or more non propane cars there had to be car or cars between the engine and between the Caboose, sometimes there would be a single boxcar for Victoria but several propane or LPG cars so the crew would have to take an empty from Wellcox or if they had set out loads at Duncan would grab an empty grain car, if there was a water car on it could be counted as an idler.
Hey Cody the oil rig was down from Alaska i know there was several that were worked on by the shipyards in Victoria over several years in the late 80,s one train brought in 11 car loads of the clay (drilling mud)
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Apr 9th, 2005, 1:17am
Hey Mark,
 
Is that a ballast train behind the excavators?   That would be quite a good sized M.O.W. train for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 9th, 2005, 1:23am
The excavators on the flats were for construction of the Vancouver Island Gas pipeline, a number of cars were unloaded at the ramp at Parksville, the ramp is located on the short team track on the Port sub, there was some heavy equipment that was also unloaded there for the inland highway construction, pipe for the gas line came over by rail to Wellcox to be unloaded or by truck from Vancouver, alot of people could not understand why CP did not unload some of the carloads of pipe at Cobble Hill and Malahat as the pipeline was being built a few miles away.
great pics and thanks for posting them.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 9th, 2005, 1:31am
Welcome to the group Mark. Those excavators where probally offloaded at the team track and used for the Island highway project which was being carried out at that time. The Parksville yard was sort of a staging area for heavy equipment and supplies for the highway project. Lots of other heavy equipment and materials were also brought in. Numerous steel and concrete bridge girders were tranported and offloaded in the small yard. I have some photos from 1991 or 1992 somewhere of two boxcars being unloaded at the same spot. I believe they were unloading steel rebar.  
 
Hope to see more pictures like this in the future!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 9th, 2005, 1:45am
on Apr 9th, 2005, 1:17am, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey Mark,
 
Is that a ballast train behind the excavators?   That would be quite a good sized M.O.W. train for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo

 
 
During the late 80s and early 90s I always seemed to see a string of hoppers stuck on one of the sidings. I believe they were still loading ballast at Dunsmuir at that time. There were a good dozen of them stuck in the siding by the team ramp when I visited in the winter of 92. In the summer of 88 I rode the dayliner which passed a ballast train that exceeded the length of the siding next to the old Buckerfields in Parksville. That was something to see!
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Apr 9th, 2005, 12:14pm
on Mar 29th, 2005, 1:17am, hillbank wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...also in the picture did you notice the three potash hoppers near the roundhouse? those were brought down to use as idlers when switching Garden City though most times the crews just used empty boxcars.

 
So that's what was up with those stubby hopper cars.  I often wondered about those.
 
When I took that picture I was 14 years old, that one is one of my favorites.  My brother and I were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to ride the freight train from Nanimo to Victoria and back.  We rode the second unit, 5019 south bound and 3009 north bound.  I've got some pictures of the trip, mabye I'll get around to posting some soon.
 
Cheers
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 12th, 2005, 1:30am
thanks again Mark...did you get any pics of the steam (weed) train that CP had on the island?...regarding the ballast trains, i rode one once that had 22 hoppers, some trains also had on a few air-dumps as well, the balast Pit at Fiddicks was where CP used to get thier ballast and 18 cars could be loaded at a time, i to saw loaded hoppers at Parksville sidings  and a hogger told me that sometimes a few loads of ballast were needed as required and either the Courtenay or Port turn would grab them and spread then where needed....a good time to catch a ballast train was just after the tie gang had been over and there was many meets with both frieght and passengers...anybody got pics?
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 13th, 2005, 1:02am
Great shots Mark! We are in the process of moving for the next week so I have not been able to see whats going on, but from what I see keep the great posts. Our place sold a month quicker than I thought it would so we are scrambling to get things packed. While packing stuff I found some more early 90s E&N photos and a ton (200+) photos from 2000 and 2001 that I shot of remaining operations in the southern BC interior. I will be scanning these and posting them when I get settle again. The BC interior stuff will end up in the CP Discussion forum unless a dedicated forum is created before then.  
 
It would be nice to have some shots of a ballast train. Helmut Wisinger has some shots of a ballast train in Nanoose Bay on one of his videos, other than then that I have never seen any photos. The only ballast train I have seen in operation was during my first trip on the dayliner back in July 1989 when I was 12. My parents dropped me off in Courtenay and sent me up to Victoria to stay a friend for a week. Along the way we cought up to a long ballast train (20+ hoppers) in front of us on the East leg of the Parksville wye. Our crew brought the dayliner to a stop short of the train and got out to talk to the work crews as to how we were going to get past the ballast train. There was track equipment stuck in the siding and on the main of the Port Sub and Victoria Sub. To make matters more difficult the train itself exceeded the length of the station sidings. The crew ended up deciding to throw the switch for the wye, we then backed up past the switch and then moved onto the wye just short of the switch next to a huge pile of rotten ties. The ballast train with it's three 38s then proceeded to backup past the east wye switch with enough room for us to pull out. We then backed up onto the main again and then proceeded to the station. I was amazed that day by the amount of equipment and work being done. I wish I had a camera back then.
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Apr 19th, 2005, 1:45am
I seem to recall a video where it is showing the Victoria turn switching Fiddicks pit, there was other E&N operations on it as well, cannot remember that date but it was after the cabooses were dropped, i do remember that meet at Parksville though in 1989! i had a scanner then and Murphys Law was working very well that day for the unfortunate crews, there was lots of shouting going back and forth among the tie gang the section crews and the train crews, also there was a new dispatcher out of Vancouver on that day that made things even worse.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 26th, 2005, 1:18am
on Apr 19th, 2005, 1:45am, hillbank wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I seem to recall a video where it is showing the Victoria turn switching Fiddicks pit, there was other E&N operations on it as well, cannot remember that date but it was after the cabooses were dropped, i do remember that meet at Parksville though in 1989! i had a scanner then and Murphys Law was working very well that day for the unfortunate crews, there was lots of shouting going back and forth among the tie gang the section crews and the train crews, also there was a new dispatcher out of Vancouver on that day that made things even worse.

 
That video scene is part of the Rails On Vancouver Island video and it was shot in the late spring of 1994 around the time the Canucks were making a run for the Stanley cup as you can see by the Brakeman in one of the shots sporting his Canucks playoff t-shirt. No E&N and no NHL hockey what is this world coming to  
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Apr 26th, 2005, 5:01am
on Apr 13th, 2005, 1:02am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...While packing stuff I found some more early 90s E&N photos and a ton (200+) photos from 2000 and 2001 that I shot of remaining operations in the southern BC interior. I will be scanning these and posting them when I get settle again. The BC interior stuff will end up in the CP Discussion forum unless a dedicated forum is created before then...

 
How are things coming along?  I hate moving, looks like we will be moving soon too, what a pain in the neck.  
 
I was just wondering if you could mabye post a few shots you have found.  Where are your shots from the BC interior taken?  Perhaps we could use the 'Crowsnest pass and area photos' thread, or start a new one, what ever.  I have tons of recent pics of the Windermere and Cranbrook subs as well as some from the Moyie sub and eastern end of the Nelson sub.  This summer I am planning to tag along with the McConnel turn and ride a freight along Kootenay lake into Nelson just for the sake of doing it.  This is a night run so I'll have to wait until the days get longer to be able to take any pictures.
 
Later...
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 26th, 2005, 1:15pm
on Apr 26th, 2005, 5:01am, Mark J wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
How are things coming along?  I hate moving, looks like we will be moving soon too, what a pain in the neck.  
 
I was just wondering if you could mabye post a few shots you have found.  Where are your shots from the BC interior taken?  Perhaps we could use the 'Crowsnest pass and area photos' thread, or start a new one, what ever.  I have tons of recent pics of the Windermere and Cranbrook subs as well as some from the Moyie sub and eastern end of the Nelson sub.  This summer I am planning to tag along with the McConnel turn and ride a freight along Kootenay lake into Nelson just for the sake of doing it.  This is a night run so I'll have to wait until the days get longer to be able to take any pictures.
 
Later...

 
 
The moving went great other then my computer desk falling apart into 10 million pieces - mental note never buy a particle board desk again. I ordered a new one on the weekend which should arrive today some time. When I get all my stuff unpacked in my new office over the next couple of days I will start scanning the pics and posting them under a new thread in the other forum. There is a little bit of everything, the locations are Grand Forks, Warfield, Trail, Castlegar, Fruitvale, Nelson, Slocan Junction, Cranbrook, Kimberly, Canal Flats, Golden, Lumby, Vernon, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Kelowna and a couple others.  
 
I look forward to seeing the photos of your future trip.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 1st, 2005, 1:17am
Awesome shot Mark!
 
Seeing some of Tyler's great photos at lunch today made me want to unpack our stuff a little quicker and get some of mine posted. After digging through 20 boxes this afternoon I finally found the photos and will start scanning and posting them tomorrow on both sites.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 1:33pm
Here is a shot of the E&N's future office. Prior to being renovated as an office it was used as repair facility for the CP Transport truck fleet on the island from what I understand. Shot was taken in October of 1997.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 1:42pm
A shot that I took of GP9R 8236 during my tour of the yard with the manager back 1992. I had justed missed going out on the Port turn for a day trip due my parents being unavailable to sign a release form letting me go along for the ride. That was the only time they ever let me down while growing up  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 1:50pm
A shot of a ballast hopper and freshly ballasted track at Parksville junction. Cp sure had some weird ideas on what do use as ballast for E&N track at least it was pit run sand on this occassion but not much better.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 1:59pm
Here is one of my favorite boxcars that CP owned and used on the E&N. There 20 or so of these ex Milwaukee Road boxcars that were assigned to the E&N from the late 80s to the mid 90s before they were sold to a shortline in the US. They were some of the largest and heaviest boxcars used on the E&N at that time. These cars were responsible for turn rails on the Wellcox spur more then on one occassion.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 2:05pm
Port Turn September 1999, 19 cars if I remember correctly
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 2:16pm
What do you do when a unit or two craps out on your Port Turn? You send a rescue unit. I caught this unit at Parksville at sun down back in Sept 1999 and followed the lone unit all the way out to Cameron Lake and by that time it was dark. The Port Turn had stalled somewhere along Cameron Lake and the lone unit was sent to shove on the tail end of the train judging by the amount of noise I heard echoing off the mountain walls in the darkness. I missed seeing the Port Turn due to me having dinner with some friends, so I have no idea what units and tonnage the train had. It would have been cool to get a shot of an E&N train with a helper. It would have been like one of those Warfield hill shots.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 2:22pm
Here is the longest train I ever saw on the Island. There were 41 cars on this one. Photo was  taken Sept 12, 2000.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 2nd, 2005, 5:28pm
41 cars, five short years ago........................I would be happy with 14 cars.   Lets hope the new operator can get 50% of that traffic back.
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: May 7th, 2005, 10:32pm
West end of Cameron Lake siding (in background) showing westbound #2813.
 
Photographer and exact date unknown.  It was taken after a hike up a ridge on the north side of Cameron Lake and was using the r.o.w. to get back to his car when the train came along.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 11th, 2005, 6:55pm
The Coastland veneer mill in Nanaimo with unused siding.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 1:27pm
on May 22nd, 2005, 2:10am, Mark J wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This thread has been rather quiet as of late so here is another one of my shots taken at Wellcox sometime in 1991.  I believe this was just after the freddy's took over from cabooses and this surplus equipment had not found a home yet.  The wheels on the vans to the left are rusty but the wheels on the van to the right still appear to be shiny.  I'm pretty sure that the scale house is right behind the second caboose on the left...

 
Might have been earlier than when they started Cabooseless operation over here, as the first 2 vans on the left are older ones that they quit (regularly) using earlier when they got the ones with the wider cupolas.
Note this is strictly going from memory and I may be wrong on this
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jun 13th, 2005, 11:46pm
December 29, 1992:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jun 19th, 2005, 11:19pm
Dec 26/92:
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jun 19th, 2005, 11:20pm
Dec 26/92:
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 7th, 2005, 5:22pm
A collage of E&N pics.  I was playing with a new piece of software.
 
Bob Winkler
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jul 7th, 2005, 6:29pm
on Jul 7th, 2005, 5:22pm, B_Winkler wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A collage of E&N pics.  I was playing with a new piece of software.
 
Bob Winkler

 
Bob, you do an excellent job there
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:34pm
Was driving through Parksville today....
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:36pm
The boys were doing some maintenance.....
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:38pm
They were pretty friendly, dont see much action anymore
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:42pm
I asked them about upcoming changes.... and they said they didnt know much but the rumour was that the change if any, would happen in September.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:44pm
The tracks are ok but there is a general look of no use (To be expected of course)
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:45pm
These four tank cars are looking pretty lonely
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jul 16th, 2005, 3:34am
Nice set of shots, B_Winkler.  Anybody know how many m.o.w. crew are on the payroll on the Island?   I was wondering if the "E&N Railway" sign on the doors of the truck is current?   Is the truck a C.P. truck?  or an R.A. truck?  Looks like they might be salvaging whatever is left to them out of that compound before the changeover.   Just a guess.
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jul 17th, 2005, 10:11pm
he those are some great pics! keep em coming!
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jul 19th, 2005, 7:31pm
here are some pics i have recently recieved from my uncle.
 
here is a mix of power
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jul 19th, 2005, 7:32pm
offloading at welcox
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Jul 19th, 2005, 8:28pm
I know its off topic, but can anyone tell me when CP stopped using the covers over DB grids on their GP-38's?
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jul 19th, 2005, 10:26pm
i dont think they actually 'stopped'. I believe they just went on to order the 38-2s. Two of those locos in that picture  are gp 38 - 2s and are of a younger heritage. The original in the shot is a gp 38 ac.   You may already know that but i thought id mention that for the heads who arent familiar.   cheerios!
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jul 19th, 2005, 11:31pm
I took this picture today at Langford siding. These are loads of dust control liquid, right?
 
Boring picture, I know, but there isn't exactly a lot of action around here...
 
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jul 20th, 2005, 1:23am
another mix of power
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 20th, 2005, 1:46am
kootenayvalleyrailway that is a totally great shot of the mixed power!  It shows the CP multimark colours, E and N railfreight subsidiary livery, and a RailAmerica unit all at the same time.  It is like the recent history of the E and N all in one photo!    
 
Your uncle recorded a real slice of history with that one.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Jul 21st, 2005, 1:59am
I was  wondering what year that mix power pic was taken. Was it 98 or 99, during the transition from CP to RA?
 
Thanks
 
Aaron
Posted by: KootenayValleyRailway Posted on: Jul 21st, 2005, 2:33am
on Jul 21st, 2005, 1:59am, Coastrail wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I was  wondering what year that mix power pic was taken. Was it 98 or 99, during the transition from CP to RA?

 
i dont know for sure but i would guess most likely 98.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:09am
Check out Wellcox in this pic...taken today.
There are a BUNCH of freight cars in the yard. Not sure which segment of the yard this is, but I took this picture from the bridge. I couldn't get any closer up pics because I had to chase a train...
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:11am
There were more around the corner.
 
I also noticed all these new ties and pile of balast...
 
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jul 24th, 2005, 8:38pm
Tankers at Koksilah,taken the day of the very late Victoria turn...
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jul 24th, 2005, 8:40pm
other angle...
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jul 24th, 2005, 8:42pm
Blue tanker with hose for unloading attached. It was being unloaded the day I was there. What a cool colour for a tanker, as opposed to black/brown or white.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jul 24th, 2005, 8:44pm
Tankers at the Langford siding. This area was my old stomping ground as a teenaged railfan in the late 80's. You can still see the remains of the ICG spur a little to the north of this spot...
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jul 24th, 2005, 8:46pm
yet another angle,
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 3:28am
I thought I'd add my entry to the group if "boring" pics of tank cars.  These are two at the somenos, hayward junction siding.   One appears to be dust control and one is an ENR water car.  The burro and flatcar are also there.   The "new" rails on the flatcar are stamped Algoma 1935.   Oldies but goodies.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 3:31am
The ENR Burro.   My favourite example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".   I think this unit shows great pride of ownership .    Someday I am heading up with a can of tremclad and a brush.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 3:35am
The dayliner kicks up dust passing the tankers.  Anyone know what the maximum speed is heading out of duncan?   The RDCs were just flying past at full throttle.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 3:40am
Burro self-propelled crane and flatcar.   Takes a licking and keeps ticking.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 6:46am
thanks for the pics,cody. i really like the one with the dayliner roaming throo the "grassy fields" !
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 1:33am
It' a cool sight you only see around these parts!  At times the dayliner looks like an articulated bus rolling along a grass country road.  It is truly the 4X4 of the rail industry.
 
I traveled to Nanaimo yesterday and back today on the Dayliner with my wife and children.   All I can say is it was totally great.  So great in fact that I recommend it to everyone, especially at this time of year when both directions run in daylight.   For the five of us to travel return to Nanaimo was $90 bucks for the whole bunch.  The adult charge to Nanaimo and back is @$30.00.  Cheap cheap entertainment and no stress.  It is hard to believe that all that scenic trackage between Nanaimo and Victoria exists for Top shelf feeds and a few lucky persons in the RDC.    
 
It was a full train for the trip up on Saturday, and was half full this afternoon.  
 
On my second run on the line I was more aware of a few things and had fun noticing the bits of rusty rail taking off into the bushes at all the old spurs and junctions.   Thanks to everyone on the board who posted the whereabouts of these old places on Railfan.net. 
 
I was really impressed with the amount of fills and cuts required over the malahat.   I am certain there is not a straight piece of track on naturally level ground on the whole hill.
 
I strongly recommend to anyone at all interested to make the run soon.  The current format of half-full cars, free-for-all seating, cheap prices, and RDC equipment, is in it's twilight.  It is very worth the money and I think change is on the way.   The scenery was gorgeous in the summer sun.
 
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 2:34pm
on Jul 30th, 2005, 3:35am, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The dayliner kicks up dust passing the tankers.  Anyone know what the maximum speed is heading out of duncan?   The RDCs were just flying past at full throttle.

 
Max. permissable speed is 40 MPH.
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 10:57pm
MP 104 Monday Aug 1st Budds were jsut a humming past us....fast!
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 10:58pm
tailend
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 11:44pm
Great pics!  I got a few glances out the front window on my trip when the conductor left the door open.  All the engineer sees is two steel rails and a whole bunch of greenery.   The ties and ballast are not visible for the most part.
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 6:44am
Great photos Cody and Nick, those weeds are taking over!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 1:49pm
It almost looks like a green tunnel in the second photo   Thanks for the photos.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:34am
Here are some pictures from my trip last weekend.   Thankfully we did not hit a gravel truck, though it seems to be a highlight of many persons trips.  On the news there was a lady who had been on board during both collisions.
 
The first photo is nanaimo station
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:36am
a picture of a truck on a Budd RDC (for those who like such things).
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:38am
Looking back at the Arbutus Canyon trestle
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:39am
looking ahead to the niagara canyon trestle
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:41am
looking down from the niagara trestle
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:46am
my little railfans have a laugh over the VIA barf-bag
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:50am
In the lap of luxury, complete with art-deco armrests.  My daughter gets 4 seats to herself in the half-full RDC.  One of the virtues of taking the train with kids.......and no restraining child carseat!
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 1:58am
A view looking down on Finlayson Arm.  It gives an idea of just how much elevation is gained on the way up from Victoria at sea level.   At times the track is literally perched on a shelf of rock and gravel with the steep forested slopes falling away at near vertical angles.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 6:36pm
on Aug 5th, 2005, 1:36am, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
a picture of the one powered truck on a Budd RDC (for those who like such things).

 
Cool photos! Just a minor correction, both are powered, only one axle per truck is powered.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 6:58pm
Yes Tyler, you are right.  I had a brain lapse
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Aug 13th, 2005, 2:36pm
Sorry for the picture size.  Somewhere on Vancouver Island, July 1953.
 
http://haijonrails.com/catalog.html
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Aug 13th, 2005, 2:38pm
#985 backing up flat car, moving an auto and some crew.  July 1953.
 
http://www.haijonrails.com/catalog.html
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Aug 13th, 2005, 2:40pm
Baldwin DRS 4-4-1000 on the Port Alberni line(?).  July 1953.
 
http://www.haijonrails.com/catalog.html
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Aug 13th, 2005, 2:41pm
Parksville, BC.  July 1953.
 
http://www.haijonrails.com/catalog.html
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 14th, 2005, 2:57pm
Wow! Those are definately some rare shots of the Port Alberni Passenger train! BTW, what VIA car is that, 9306? Heh, here I thought 6130 was the only Phase 1 RDC that VIA used on the E&N.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Aug 19th, 2005, 1:34pm
Great pics! There's a pic of 3005 at Alyth in the July/August Branchline, in the new paint..not nearly as nice as the green, but at least its nice and fesh.
 
When the green paint scheme appeared in 96, I immediatley wrote CP to get the Pantone colours etc. for the paint scheme, they where more than helpful(as I always found CP to be, even though they've been involved in more than enough questionable activity when it comes to line abandonmentst etc.), and sent me all the diagrams and colour info..had dry transfers made, and did 3004. never did finish 3005...mostly because at the time, there were no HO non -2 38's to be had, so it was kitbashing, ran out of time.
Always thought that was on of the nicest contemporary paint schemes around
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Aug 19th, 2005, 6:17pm
Great pics Mark, thanks for sharing them.  It always cool to see the yard full of box-cars on the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway.   I am guessing they were transporting rolled pulp out of Port Alberni?    
 
Always a bit depressing thinking how down-hill things went from there.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Aug 19th, 2005, 6:43pm
on Aug 19th, 2005, 1:34pm, missthealcos wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great pics! There's a pic of 3005 at Alyth in the July/August Branchline, in the new paint..not nearly as nice as the green, but at least its nice and fesh.
 
When the green paint scheme appeared in 96, I immediatley wrote CP to get the Pantone colours etc. for the paint scheme, they where more than helpful(as I always found CP to be, even though they've been involved in more than enough questionable activity when it comes to line abandonmentst etc.), and sent me all the diagrams and colour info..had dry transfers made, and did 3004. never did finish 3005...mostly because at the time, there were no HO non -2 38's to be had, so it was kitbashing, ran out of time.
Always thought that was on of the nicest contemporary paint schemes around

 
I would love to see some pictures of that model...do you have a layout?
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Aug 21st, 2005, 1:54am
on Aug 19th, 2005, 6:17pm, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great pics Mark, thanks for sharing them.  It always cool to see the yard full of box-cars on the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway.   I am guessing they were transporting rolled pulp out of Port Alberni?    
 
Always a bit depressing thinking how down-hill things went from there.

 
Not sure exactly what was being shipped at this point but obviously they were still running to Port Alberni.  This is how I remeber the Wellcox yard, you are definately right Cody, very depressing looking at it now, even on a busy day.  Here's hoping somone with a go get 'er attitude gets to run things, with the freedom to make changes and do whatever it takes to make things work.  We shall see...
 
Where was that picture taken Richard?
 
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2005, 2:48pm
on Aug 21st, 2005, 2:05am, Mark J wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's one...since freddy's were new back then I snapped this...sorta neat to see the explosives placard on the boxcar.  Explosives haven't been mentioned as a viable cargo but mabye could be good for a couple car loads a year, who knows.  From where to where do you think this car was going?

 
That car was more than likely picked up at the Buckley Bay spur right in front of the ferry terminal for Denman Island. Explosives were used for the island highway project  during the early to mid 90s. Cars were dropped off almost weekly at times during peak construction periods. There is a picture that I posted in this forum a couple of years back that has an empty explosives car, two LPG cars and three 38s as power coming through Parksville.  Here is a shot of the spur where they left the cars sitting to be unloaded.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Aug 31st, 2005, 7:22pm
on Aug 19th, 2005, 6:43pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I would love to see some pictures of that model...do you have a layout?

 
 
 
Here's a few, not great, was in a hurry..
 
 
http://www.eunos.ca/albums/obscure/fred_005.sized.jpg
 
http://www.eunos.ca/albums/obscure/fred_006.sized.jpg
 
http://www.eunos.ca/albums/obscure/fred_001.sized.jpg
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Oct 17th, 2005, 7:26pm
E&N 2-4-2T No.9 on the service track in Victoria next to some coaches lettered "Esquimalt and Nanaimo". This is the track that 6133 was sitting on, the one they'd stick the motive power for the Victoria Turn on when they layed over in Victoria. W.E. Butler photo
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Oct 17th, 2005, 7:31pm
E&N 4-6-0 464 at Parksville. Note 2nd yard track not yet put in. CPR photo.
Posted by: Toran W Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2005, 1:01pm
Nice picture of Hillcrest #10. If your wondering about the location of the Robertson river bridge, it is located on South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan between Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay. The Climax was most likely going to switch the Western Forest Industries Mill at Honeymoon Bay. It breaks my heart to see those pictures though. Of the four lumber mills that were located on Cowichan Lake not a single one is still in existance. The last, the Youbou Mill, closed in 2002 after 73 years of continuous operation. It was truely a sad day in the Cowichan Valley.
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Dec 5th, 2005, 2:06pm
[. The last, the Youbou Mill, closed in 2002 after 73 years of continuous operation. It was truely a sad day in the Cowichan Valley. [/quote]
 
 
 
I know this isn't exacttly the correct thread, but I am modeling a portion of vancouver island and wanted to use Lake Cowichan and Youbou in my model.  Does anyone have any decent shots of the Youbou mill, the wier at Lake Cowichan or the CNR trestle that crossed Wellington Rd. At least I think it was Wellington Rd.  Anyway, the CNR trestle that DOESN'T cross the river.
 
Thanks, Craig
Posted by: Toran W Posted on: Dec 6th, 2005, 1:18am
Craig,
 
There is a book writen by Wilmer Gold, an industrial photographer, who spent most of his career shooting the Youbou Mill, and the Industrial Timber Mills camps (ITM Owned the Youbou Complex, and became BCFP in 50's) at Caycuse and Nitinat. I know the CNR bridge which you refer to, it is your basic trestle design (still standing in place over the street today) I will try and get a photo for you if i can. I Believe you can still walk most of the CNR right of way, save for places where houses have been built along the lake shore and over the ROW.
 
Also a little info on the weir incase you didnt know, and want some background info for your layout. The Lake Cowichan Weir was built in 1957 by British Columbia Forest Products to controll water flow to the newly constructed mill at Crofton. The weir keeps the lake level at around 62 million cubic metres in the summer months. In the spring and early fall Catalyst Paper controlls the water flow to a targeted level of 7 cubic metres per second. In winter the water may rise to an average of 3 meters above the flood controll gates. The Weir also consists of a Boat Lock to allow small boats to enter the lake or river.
 
as for the Youbou Mill, depending on the period, the mill consisted of a regular cutting Head rig, and a seperate planer mill. Also on site was a large 1/2 mile electric craneway for lumberstorage (it once held the record for the longest crane way in the british empire). In addition to the craneway, the mill aslo had a covered shed craneway for dry storage, along with several warehouses. I will take out the book tomorrow and post some pictures when i can, to save you the trouble of trying to find it.
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Dec 6th, 2005, 1:14pm
Thanks for the reply.  I spent many summers of my youth swimming in the duck pond and know the town well.  I just wish I had taken pictures.  The trestles are both gone now, except for the reamins of the one over the Duck Pond which is now a foot bridge.  For my modeling of the mill, I had planned to use it as a back drop model so if you have any pics of it from the Hwy or from the tracks leading in that's really what I need so I can create a reasonable replica for a back drop.  Thanks very much looking for photos for me.  if you are able to find one I could use a picture of the BCFP logo as well.
 
Thanks, Craig
Posted by: Toran W Posted on: Dec 7th, 2005, 4:11pm
Hey Craig,
 
Here's a picture of the Youbou Mill for you, i apologize for the poor quality. The date of this picture is un known to me, but judging from the cars in the picture it is about the mid 50's. Picture is copied over from Logging As It Was by Wilmer Gold.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 4:17am
Caught them switching Superior Propane on the way home, December 27 2005.
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 1:29am
Photographer unknown.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 2:03am
That caboose was a relic in 1977!
 
If a new short line operator ever takes over the E and N I guess we might see the return of the Caboose to the E and N as many seem to run them.   Then again the trains are so short I can't figure why they would need one.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 3:09am
It would be fun to see cabooses back. Trains still don't seem right without them.  
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 9:13am
Well, if it is Washington group and SRY that takes over the E&N, we might get cabooses back- SRY runs them.
Posted by: KVR Fan Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 5:25am
Not sure about the accuracy of this date.  I thought VIA took over in 1978.  
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 2:01pm
They did, but repainting of equipment wasn't immediate.  I don't think we got any Via painted Budds over here until 80 or 81
Posted by: 606SC Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:20am
For those that have not yet seen it, a great photo of Port Alberni depot under construction was posted by BC Archives recently:
 
  http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/www2i/.visual/img_med/dir_185/i_68069.gif
Posted by: Toran W Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 2:00am
I'm not sure where to put this so i'll post it here.  
 
I was doing a little arial railfanning and research via Google Earth and saved an image of the Russell round house. Hope you Like.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 11:31am
It seemed a little washed out so I cleaned it up a little.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: Toran W Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 2:12pm
Found another good Google Earth Image that sparks my curiosity. The E&N mainline runs through the center of the picture, with what looks like a spur that would go off behind the building with all the trailers. This is all just northbound of the langford siding. My question to you, is it a spur and what customer was it?
 
Edit: you also notice above the Mainline a deffinet green space where a spur could be added to service possible customers!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 6:07pm
Cool pics, thanks for sharing.
 
It's the old Coremart Distributing warehouse spur. In the 80's it was a huge food distributer, getting 4 or 5 boxcars at a time. In the early 90's E.H. Pope, a bakery inside the warehouse, would get the odd boxcar of bagged flour  from the northbound Victoria local.
 
After the warehouse converted to trucks the spur was  chopped past the rear parking area,  Pacific Wilderness railway used it to store thier equipment, rather than pay CP Rail 800 bucks a day  to use the Vic yard.
 
Heres a photo (taken by VicGuy) showing a boxcar of flour for E.H. Hope, dated January 29 1993. The rails in this area are now gone, having been paved over for truck access.
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Jan 19th, 2006, 1:21am
there still is a big food distribution place there....cormark i think, maybe they could end up getting rail back the only thing though is the spur has been paved over.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2006, 2:59am
There is a new road being built adjacent to the Coremark building. In my quick look there the road encroaches the spur at an angle to the point that little if any of the spur could be rebuilt. I didnt go back to where the door was but I would doubt it being useable anymore. I will go back and check again.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2006, 3:06am
Edit: That green space in the above image is now part of the Alpine Disposal empire. The images on Google Earth are rather dated.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jan 19th, 2006, 6:19pm
I may have mentioned this before but I learned from someone who works for Alpine that the company actually trucks all it's garbage to a landfill in Vancouver because it's cheaper than using the Hartland Road facility here. Depending on where the landfill is, that might be a potential industry for the railroad.
 
This was a year or more ago, not sure if they still are doing this.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2006, 3:10pm
ALpine trucks are easy to spot, white w/ yellow & green trim, pulling tri axle trailers that look like wood chip trailers. They used to take bc ferries not sure if this still is the case.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 9:15am
Was in Courtenay the other day and took some photos of 6135 at the end of the line
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 9:17am
Closeups of the signage
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 9:19am
Loading up
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 9:24am
Rust everywhere
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 10:46am
Excellent pictures B_Winkler. Nice to have you back.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 12:10pm
Heading for Nanaimo
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 12:49pm
on Feb 11th, 2006, 9:24am, B_Winkler wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Rust everywhere

Thats not rust its dirt ,the trucks are actually black.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 1:20pm
on Feb 11th, 2006, 12:49pm, 95XXX wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Thats not rust its dirt ,the trucks are actually black.

 
I stand corrected.  Rust colours everywhere.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Feb 11th, 2006, 6:21pm
Welcome back B_Winkler, I"ve always enjoyed your photo contributions.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:06pm
Was out enjoying the (rare) sun today and took these in and around Wellcox.  Someone was asking about the state of 2099.   Here is 2099 with the twins in the background.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:08pm
Not much activity or equipment around the buildings
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:12pm
Waiting for the next railbarge
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:15pm
Mower waitiing for spring
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:18pm
Not a very good photo but there seems to be about 30 cars in long term storage in the yard.  Some of them have been there for a while
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:21pm
Heard the dayliner coming through Nanaimo and went over to Seventh St. just in time to see 6148 coming through the crossing
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:23pm
And then it was gone on its way back to Victoria.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:28pm
If anyone wants the full 5 megapixel photo files of any of these shots, let me know and I will happily forward it to you.  
 
Bob Winkler
Nanaimo, BC
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Feb 18th, 2006, 11:31pm
Nice pics.  A good document of things as they are now.
 
Wading into the very critical 'rust vs. dirt' debate.   I would argue it is rust.   Rust that has been ground off the railhead and sprayed onto the trucks by the wheels.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 1:14am
Thanks for taking the time to take and post the pictures.  
I hope my trip in a couple of weeks is as sunny as that day!
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 6:49am
Nice to see some up to date pictures, thanks for posting Mr. Winkler.
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 12:56pm
Rust ground off and sticking to other things would be dirt wouldn't it?
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 2:25pm
No offense intended, but I don't think this debate  of "rust vs dirt" was worth discussing in the first place.  
 
Time to move on?
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 5:16pm
I've asked the webmaster to consider a "rust vs. dirt" forum for railfan.net.   I think the subject has loads of potential.
 
 
 
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 5:41pm
This argument is too down and dirty for me.  I am still a bit rusty after being away for a while
Posted by: Dave_Stevens Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2006, 12:10am
This posting is totaly out of content..
 
Bob. did U buy the house that was my wifes moms on Pryde Ave.
 
DILLIGAF. Landlubber Pub
 
Dave
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2006, 1:27am
on Mar 3rd, 2006, 12:10am, Dave_Stevens wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Bob. did U buy the house that was my wifes moms on Pryde Ave.

 
 
So how is Wendy anyway?  Nice to see you on the board Dave.  Drop me an e-mail sometime and let me know how you guys have been  
 
bwinkler@shaw.ca
 
Bob Winkler
Nanaimo BC
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 7th, 2006, 11:49pm
I chased the Dayliner down Island yesterday (March 7th 2006) on my way back from some work in Nanaimo.   I was wondering how much longer things will be as they are.   Thought I would take some pics.
 
First pic is North of Chemainus
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 7th, 2006, 11:50pm
At Chemainus
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 7th, 2006, 11:52pm
Top Shelf
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 7th, 2006, 11:54pm
Near Shawnigan Lake
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 7th, 2006, 11:55pm
Thetis Lake overpass.   Almost home!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Mar 8th, 2006, 12:04am
Looks like you had ringside seats for the overpass shot
 
Very nice shots Cody, thanks for sharing.
 
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Mar 10th, 2006, 2:15am
Very nice shots.   Nice to "sortof" see what we looked like that day, except that my wife and I went up Island on the 7th, on #6135, and then stayed in Courtenay overnight, and came down on #6135 again on the 8th.
Two things:  I have three pictures of engine happenings in Nanaimo on the southbound run of the 8th, which I will post soon, and, forgive my confusion and ignorance, do they run two different Budds each day?
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Mar 10th, 2006, 3:40pm
Thanks guys.
 
Unless there is problems, the same Budd that goes up Island comes back.   Home port is Russels Roundhouse in Victoria.   Nightly maintenace is performed there, as is the storage of extra/unused RDCs.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:13pm
Went by Wellcox today and caught the barge being unloaded.  About 15 cars were taken off.  
 
This first pic is the twins backing down to the railbarge
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:16pm
Backed all the way down
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:22pm
Cars are coming off
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:25pm
another shot
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:28pm
The flat cars are looking a little rough
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:31pm
Life in the rain forest
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:33pm
Heading into the yard
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:35pm
I wasnt the only one watching
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:38pm
remnants of another time ...
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 9:43pm
A logo we wont be seeing much longer
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 10:10pm
Hard to believe with all the rusty little used rail around that they considered ripping up the Port sub to fix the Vic sub. Nice pix, B_Winkler.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Mar 13th, 2006, 11:06pm
Great shots B_Winkler!
 
 
How early in the morning did the barge come in?
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Mar 14th, 2006, 12:06am
I was down there about 9:30 AM and they were just starting to unload the rail cars.  i dont know when the barge came in.  I would have stayed to the end but i ran out of camera battery and personal heat about the same time.  It was cold down there this morning.  
 
Bob
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2006, 1:59am
Very interesting barge series, thanks for catching the action, B_Winkler.
 
Here's a trio of pix taken while waiting in Nanaimo. Apparently one engine cut out on the way down, and the boys came out to have a look.  The only one who got his hands really dirty was the conductor himself, a friendly fellow named Jeff.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2006, 2:05am
The guys kept talking about a valve sticking, and tried restarting several times to no avail, so we carried on under limited power.  The engineer was maybe trying some tactics to persuade the old girl to keep going as just out of Shawnigan lake there were some short bursts of high engine revving and whining coming from the engine compartment.  We kind-of crawled up the Malahat, and at one point about two thirds up the Budd simply got tired and just sat there for about three minutes.  It got us over the top eventually allright and into Victoria about 45 minutes late.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2006, 2:20am
Lifting the pan into place.  This was on March 8, 2006, southbound.
 
The day before, after I asked quite a few reasonably intelligent questions about the Dayliner operations, the conductor said that he would have let me into the front to ride cab with the engineer, except that the ICF was doing efficiency evaluations, and he didn't want to risk anybody official seeing non-crew members up there.
He ended up talking to the engineer anyway, and I got to stand up front for the better part of Duncan to Ladysmith.  Pretty cool to see things as they come to you, not just out the side as they go by.
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Mar 24th, 2006, 9:47pm
Does anyone have any shots of the barge itself?  Or perhaps the slip on the mainland?
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 7th, 2006, 6:22pm
Budds approaching North switch, Langford siding...
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 11th, 2006, 9:34pm
Tank cars at the Langford siding
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 11th, 2006, 9:39pm
nice to see freight cars this far south...
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 12th, 2006, 12:41am
Cool pics.   I wonder if that dust control agent would kill all that Scotch Broom.
Posted by: JNewall Posted on: May 20th, 2006, 12:01am
I'm new here...
 
Found alota shots of the Roundhouse via a google search...
 
http://www.brian894x4.com/ENRussellroundhouse.html
 
(Photos by Brian McCamish, not me, I should take pics soon)
 
Includes the Holt Creek Trestle (I think its that one), steel bridge near Gov ST X-ing in Duncan.
 
I live in Duncan as well...
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: May 20th, 2006, 11:56am
Welcome to the forum, JNewall. I think we should all be taking pictures of the E&Ns historical structures like the roundhouse and the like. The reason the roundhouse still looks like it did 40 years ago is mostly neglect by its owners. Its privately owned now, and part of a future highrise project site. Take some pictures while it still looks like it does. The future is often unkind to the past.
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 8:51pm
cn over cp at koksilah (Duncan)
CN last Run on tidewater Sub
The meet was staged we (CN) had to wait about an hour for CP to arrive, the CN crew who I was riding with didn't care though it was the last run
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 9:14pm
picking up the 8427 at Ladysmith
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 9:17pm
followed this one from Hayward where the 06 died
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 9:27pm
tail end at hayward old CP lake cowichan line junction
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 9:34pm
cpr 3001 -3006 at Hayward near Duncan BC
3006 died so they had to run around with 01 and run back to Wellcox long nose first have more pics that I will post of this later
Can't remember the date I took pic maybe 1988-90
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 9:47pm
Excellent pictures, TR1467. That stuff is gold! Some of the younger railfans might not even remember the CN/CP era on VI.  I cant remember a colour picture of the staged meet during the last run of CN1000 to Cowichan Bay. Thanks. Oh, by the way, welcome to the forum.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 10th, 2006, 11:31pm
Thanks for the great pics TR1467 and welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing more.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jun 14th, 2006, 4:04am
Please scan up some more if you have them!  Thanks for sharing, tr1467, and welcome.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 18th, 2006, 9:31pm
I was traveling North on Thursday the 15th, when I caught the Duncan turn at Top Shelf.   I had a work schedule to keep so I couldn't chase it back to Wellcox (darn it), but I snapped a couple pics on the fly.
 
Check out the plant life!
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 18th, 2006, 9:34pm
second pic:  empties and full hoppers coupled for the switching move.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 18th, 2006, 9:36pm
Third pic.  Making the drop deep in the mill.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 18th, 2006, 9:38pm
fourth pic: a little further in.
Posted by: Baby_Huey Posted on: Jun 18th, 2006, 10:31pm
Nice pics. Heh, almost as many weeds as Thornton yard  
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jun 19th, 2006, 1:34am
these are my  favorite top shelf pics  ive seen yet.  check out that old blue transport truck in this shot..thats some vintage right there even.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 19th, 2006, 2:30am
Thanks guys,
 
I wish I had the chance to follow it North.  
 
All in all it was nice to see RA in action before whatever change might be coming happens.  I was surprised that they spotted the hoppers right into the mill.   I had the impression that Top Shelf did most of the shuffling themselves.   Someone once posted that they did some moves with a truck or something.  I can't remeber.
 
That truck is very old-school cool.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 3:46pm
Was down at Wellcox today and caught the new power coming off of the railbarge.  
 
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 3:54pm
110 and 119 on the Island
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 3:58pm
This is 110
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 4:02pm
This is 119
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 4:10pm
At their new home on the shop track
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 4:14pm
SRY was there watching their new operation
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 4:24pm
Hopefully we will see much more of this type of activity in the yard
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 4:28pm
Hopefully we will see much more of this type of activity in the yard.  This picture is misleading.  It is actually the tail end and the GP9's are not powered at all.  The twins (GP38's) are leading and way up around the corner just out of sight
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 5:39pm
Great pictures Bob! Thanks. So are the Rail America twins still here? I assume so.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 6:08pm
Yes, they're still here...
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 6:25pm
on Jun 26th, 2006, 5:39pm, Jason King wrote:       (Click here for original message)
So are the Rail America twins still here? I assume so.
J\

 
 
I would think they will be here and operational until the official switchover at the end of the month.
Posted by: ENR_fan Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 9:18pm
Wow, great pictures everyone! I like the SRY colour scheme, very cool!
Let’s hope this historic day is a prosperous turning point for the ENR, I have no doubts that SRY has the determination and means of making this railway operate in the black. It's just a shame that the neglect went as far as it has... ohwell nothing that a hefty investment can't make better.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Jun 26th, 2006, 10:48pm
Yes, a hefty investment is definetly needed. On the way up from Victoria there were places along the route wjere you could not even see the rails because of the neglect.
 
   I met quite a few people while down at Wellcox today and it was a recurent theme among everyone on how Washington group must have something big under thier sleeve to even undertake an operation like this.
 
Sure learned the true value of this site  when I met quite a few people, who, for various reasons, can't join the site but value everyone's contributions and enjoy it for what it's worth.  
 
Truely a great day of railfanning on the E&N
 
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 27th, 2006, 1:38am
Awesome guys, just awesome.  
 
The paint is great.  What a nice foot forward.
 
Check out that goofy tank car with all the hoses in front of them.  Who's getting that? Is it a insecticide car  ?
Posted by: Baby_Huey Posted on: Jun 27th, 2006, 1:42am
on Jun 27th, 2006, 1:38am, Cody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Awesome guys, just awesome.  
 
 
Check out that goofy tank car in front of them.  Who's getting that?

 
 
Looks likes a Cement car. I see them at Thornton yard all the time.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 27th, 2006, 1:48am
I'm sure you right Tyler, but for a moment I thought they might have brought their own "Round-up" with them.   Lord knows they'll need it.
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 1:28am
Shot of the roundhouse, probably taken about '95.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:10am
Wellcox Yard October 1997
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:11am
Wellcox Yard July 1995
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:12am
Wellcox Yard April 1993
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:13am
Port Alberni September 6, 2000. This unit was filling in for the mill switcher which was dead.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:17am
Parksville December 22, 1992 - I wish I had run a little faster from my parents condo at the Madrona which was about 3km away  . Railfanning as a kid was tough work  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:20am
National Silicates December 23, 1992
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2006, 2:22am
Parksville Industrial Spur December 23, 1992.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 4th, 2006, 1:18am
I joined the joggers, dog-walkers, meth-heads, crack-addicts, and drunks for a stroll in Wellcox on Sunday.   The Canada Day party was still in full swing in the bushes beside the yard.
 
First Picture:   Motive power line-up for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo's "transition period".
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 4th, 2006, 1:21am
Second pic:  
 
Out with the old and in with the new.  I have to admit the RA geeps look a little more brawny than the new SRY units, though they may be mechnically duff.   Hopefully the new units are "sleepers".
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 4th, 2006, 1:23am
The business end of 119.  What's the deal with the red dot?   The 119 has one on both ends, and the 110 only had one on the long hood.
Posted by: cessna152towser Posted on: Jul 5th, 2006, 5:00pm

Budd RDC 6133 at Nanaimo, October 1987.

Budd RDC 6133 at Qualicum Beach, October 1987.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jul 5th, 2006, 6:14pm
i ll post  some of  these  now. a couple of you guys beat me to  the  punch with the fotos of  the  day of the  sry unit's  arrival!  pretty much the same pics as you guys took. lol I  didnt  get back home til a couple  days ago. heres the  first one
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Jul 14th, 2006, 3:28pm
more
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Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 1:01am
A shot of the BlueBirds 110 and 119 holding hands at Chemainus, July 18, 2006.
 
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 10:09pm
I caught the Duncan turn at Top Shelf on July 20th.  What started as perfect timing for my work travel North, turned into a waiting game.
 
It seems "Rudolph" of the infamous "Blue-birds", suffered some sort of failure as they were getting ready to go.   The train stopped, and the Rudolp was swapped for a long-hood forward "Tank-top"  (these are goofy nicknames).
 
Both diesels were blowing smoke so I don't know what the deal was.
 
Here are the photos.
 
First photo:  False start in the leafy greens
 
Interesting note:   Tree behind diesel is a massive Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra), native to the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada, and a bit of an oddity for the Island.   Wild Black Walnuts of millable size are now so rare, and valuable for their decorative rock-hard wood, that they are subject to poaching from private forest lands in America.   The poachers have even gone so far as to use helicopters to make off with the wood.  
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 10:19pm
Second pic:
 
With 119 suffering from it's "tremclad tune-up", 110 charges North long-hood-forward.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 10:23pm
Third Pic:  Ladysmith
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 10:26pm
Pic 4:  Train approaches Cassidy.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 21st, 2006, 10:30pm
Final pic.
 
Kicking up dust on a Northbound Granger run:   The Southern Railway Vancouver Island on July 20th, 2006
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:17am
Great pics! Really like seeing that paint scheme instead of Rail   Americas. So how long till we see some new customers signing up?
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 2:33am
Love the "Great Northern" Long Hood Forward pics!
 
So why does Thomas the Tank Engine have a red parson's nose?
 
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 4:07am
That's great Pyronova.  So it's Thomas and Rudolph.  I can live with that level of silly.
 
Long-hood-forward always rocks! (except I guess for the crew) .  Maybe someone should go paint a little white "F" on the frame rails at the long hood end.
 
I think I posted this pic before, but here it is again:  Vintage long-hood action from the "twin".
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2006, 1:28am
actually cody, i  take the blame on that...i made up the  'rudolph' name.. i  just cant  get past the  red dot..i know  it  MUST have  some sort of purpose.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2006, 1:50am
Isn't it the symbol for the Japanese airforce?   Zeros at 12 O'clock!!
 
The Rising Sun:
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Jul 26th, 2006, 4:11am
Washington Corp. is actually owned by a Japanese consortium of commuter rail companies, hence the red dot.  They will be running 200 mile an hour maglev trains from Victoria to Courtenay soon.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Aug 9th, 2006, 10:45pm
Meet at Chemainus this morning. A guy is waiting to throw the switch to let the Duncan turn continue. This pic is huge.
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:33am
are the RA units + the 2099 still there?
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2006, 12:48pm
They were still there yesterday.
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Oct 4th, 2006, 12:04am
Rear shot of SRY 119 while it was at the Esquimalt Roundhouse during the E&N Railway Days. Does anyone know if this was the first time the SRY engine(s) have been this far south?
p.s. sorry about the massive size of the photo!
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Oct 17th, 2006, 12:30am
6148 arriving Victoria today.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 17th, 2006, 12:40pm
6133 sitting in the Class yard at CN's Thornton yard.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 17th, 2006, 12:41pm
another one of VIA 6133 at Thornton yard.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Nov 10th, 2006, 10:51am
Put this together with pics from this forum.
 
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2006, 4:16am
on Nov 10th, 2006, 10:51am, B_Winkler wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Put this together with pics from this forum.
 

Yay! I see one of my pictures in there  
 
on Nov 10th, 2006, 11:19pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey that's neat.  If SRVI ever puts out a company calendar, they gotta come here.

The Washington Group of Railways put out a yearly calendar for all thier employees with pictures taken by their railway employees so I bet the SVI employees will be getting one too, unfortunatley only employees can sumbit....I've got a few that in saving up to submit  
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2006, 4:43am
Nice Job, B_Winkler!
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 14th, 2006, 2:53pm
Great piece of work, would make an excellent calendar B_Winkler.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 15th, 2006, 5:51pm
From the archives.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 15th, 2006, 5:56pm
Another from the files
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2006, 6:24pm
Great pictures Gordon. I never knew RailAmerica pulled a prime mover out of any of their engines while on Vancouver Island. Some of their stuff was kinda junky but their GP38s should've been better than that. A true piece of E&N memorabilia .
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 5:07pm
MORE FROM THE ARCHIVES  Getting generator changed out
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 5:09pm
same
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 5:10pm
another
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 5:12pm
This unit was repaired just before it was moved off the island.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 8:05pm
on Nov 16th, 2006, 5:12pm, baldwincp wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This unit was repaired just before it was moved off the island.

 
Brilliant.  Make the ENR numbers look worse and then send it  to PSAP.  I forgot, bigger tax break fixing it here than in the states.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 17th, 2006, 4:33pm
How things have changed.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 18th, 2006, 4:53pm
Going back in time
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 18th, 2006, 5:10pm
Another
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 18th, 2006, 5:25pm
Another one.  Time to go and do some work now.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Nov 19th, 2006, 1:41pm
Probably the late 60's.  I will try and find out when I go to work when the shop etc. was built.  The office I work out of is not built yet.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Nov 27th, 2006, 2:26pm
on Nov 26th, 2006, 12:52am, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
... former E&N crane and tender up at the Prince George rail museum.

 
Here is a close up of the deck of the flatcar....
Posted by: challenger3985 Posted on: Nov 29th, 2006, 9:33pm
A shot of the fixed signals while waiting for the Dayliner to arrive at the station.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Dec 18th, 2006, 4:17am
Way cool photo, CLC
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Dec 18th, 2006, 9:29pm
I agree, that is a cool pic. Very interesting perspective.
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Jan 13th, 2007, 2:59am
GP35 5019 and GP38 3009 along with their cab parked at Esquimalt while the crew was off duty in the summer of 1989.  In the morning they would head back up to Wellcox.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:09pm
I was cleaning of the hard drive on my old computer today and I came across these. They were some pictures that Jason King sent me a few years back. Jason, I hope you don't mind if I post these up here.  
 
A pair of Baldwin-killers on what looks like a meet at Koksilah. Imagine that, 2 freights meeting somewhere south of Nanaimo.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:10pm
NB freight on Niagara Canyon Bridge.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:13pm
Somewhere on the E&N.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:15pm
NB Freight passing what looks to be the Esquimalt Siding(covered in broom)
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:17pm
Portage Inlet? Check it out, you can actually see the ties and ballast!
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:19pm
Near Vic Plywood?
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 11:21pm
SB switcher at Esquimalt? Back in the good old days when there was enough traffic in Victoria to actually have a yard job/switcher.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Jan 19th, 2007, 2:09am
Nice pics, probably the early 80s. Well it is at least before 87, as they starting using GP38s that year.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2007, 6:54am
on Jan 18th, 2007, 11:09pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I was cleaning of the hard drive on my old computer today and I came across these. They were some pictures that Jason King sent me a few years back. Jason, I hope you don't mind if I post these up here.  
 
A pair of Baldwin-killers on what looks like a meet at Koksilah. Imagine that, 2 freights meeting somewhere south of Nanaimo.

 
In those days, the freights would run from Victoria and Wellcox to Koksilah, swap trains and go home, plus the Nanaimo crew would have to switch Top Shelf.  This would be more interesting than a meet.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2007, 7:04am
on Jan 19th, 2007, 2:09am, Coastrail wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice pics, probably the early 80s. Well it is at least before 87, as they starting using GP38s that year.

 
Lets see - 8800's that would make it mid 80's.  Before that we had 8600 series GP9s here until 84 or 85
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jan 19th, 2007, 1:57pm
on Jan 19th, 2007, 6:54am, CP8673 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
In those days, the freights would run from Victoria and Wellcox to Koksilah, swap trains and go home, plus the Nanaimo crew would have to switch Top Shelf.  This would be more interesting than a meet.  

 
Yes, that is exactly right, and the first picture in that series of mine was taken while standing on the engines that brought the train up from Victoria. I was lucky enough to get a ride up and back one time.
 
The rest are all taken, as suspected, near Portage Inlet, or down behind by the old Victoria Plywood spur as I lived in that area. Time frame is mid 80's.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2007, 6:25pm
I got to ride the freights several times in the 80's - mostly out of Wellcox, but there was one or 2 hoggers out of Vic (I remember names but won't post them for privacy reasons) that would let me ride along.  Unfortunately most of my pics from that time did not survive.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Jan 31st, 2007, 2:19pm
Well look at that!! the nose made it over there!..that is great to see. Last I saw it, it had been turfed out of the "museum" in Squamish(along with ALOT of other salvaged  RS3 parts, most were scrapped)!!, where it had been put for safe keeping after being rescued when the 4 RS-3 hulks were sent north for scrap...it, and the rear hood section of RS18 630(saved for potential use to put the high short hood back on RS10 586 in PG, or to return a BCR RS-18 to original cosmetic condition one day) wound up sitting in the bush near the MOW sheds across form teh old sation site in Squamish. I had been planning on going to look if they were still there..great to see 576s short hood wound up where it was intended to go!
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 1:11am
Here is a 20 year-old plus picture of SRY-VI 110:  
 
ex-MRL   110 (1897)
exx-BN   1897
exxx-NP  280
 
Posted by: CNR_1000 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 9:37pm
Well i never new that SRY-VI 110: was a ex BN loco, thanks for the picture  
 
Anyway i got some photos from a few months ago of RDC 6135 coming back from nanaimo refurbished, but was attached to a freight train! going down to victoria,anyways enjoy.
 
#1
 
Posted by: CNR_1000 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 9:40pm
#2
 
Posted by: CNR_1000 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 9:41pm
#3
 
Posted by: CNR_1000 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 9:42pm
#4
 
 
Well thats all for now!
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Feb 8th, 2007, 11:53pm
I got a chuckle out of pic #2.
 
If you wanted to mess with someone's mind, you could add the caption:  "VIA Rail announces new freight service on Vancouver Island", or "Passengers forced to ride in covered hoppers with RDCs back east for repairs".
 
Great pics!
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 1:55am
Caught the dayliner at Selby St in Nanaimo a couple of weeks ago.  The lights and bells went off, I grabbed my camera and got a couple.
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 1:58am
Heading North in the snow
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 2:00am
Coming up to the crossing
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 2:03am
Took some shots of 6135 sitting at Wellcox - February 9 2007
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 2:05am
Another shot (wider angle)
Posted by: B_Winkler Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 2:06am
Last one for today
 
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Feb 13th, 2007, 3:44pm
Those shots of the dayliner in the snow are great. The snow really gives a different feeling to the look of it, hides the condition of the track & r.o.w.
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 8:11am
Not actually on Vancouver Island BUT its related.....I was heading through the Dockyard in New Westminster when i spotted the 6135 being coupled to some cars in the CN interchange so i snapped a couple shots.
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 11:21am
i think that funny the car right behind the dayliner is loaded with ground up spare animal parts from the processors in calgary. the wclx hoppers run from here to vanc.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 7:20pm
Nice pictures B Winkler.   Global warming in full effect.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 10:23pm
Great pictures B Winkler.
 
Nice picture, North 49. Any idea if the RDC is heading towards Tilbury?
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 11:35pm
on Feb 20th, 2007, 10:23pm, FSD8014 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great pictures B Winkler.
 
Nice picture, North 49. Any idea if the RDC is heading towards Tilbury?

 
I doubt it's going to Tilbury. We don't head out there anymore and Tilbury traffic is hauled into Vancouver for BNSF to handle. I heard it's going to VIA Vancouver for repairs to the damaged truck. I'm not sure what it is doing at the docks unless CP dropped it at Trapp yard.
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:24pm
Late 90's in P ville
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:37pm
On the Port sub
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:39pm
same
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:40pm
same
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:41pm
same
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2007, 7:45pm
same
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Mar 18th, 2007, 4:28pm
Nice pictures Nick ...
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2007, 10:04pm
I work for Dashwood, Im the Fire Chief there, I have been there for 14 years, since I was 15, half my life......lots of great things happening, 2nd fire station 20 more vollies,3 more trucks, 4000 sq ft addition to station 1, and then a new tanker and resq truck.....lots of work!  Then calls on top of that!  Next time your out in D'wood, stop by Im there 9am to 3pm.  
 
What you think of the vid? one of our FF's made it! Pretty cool eh!
 
I did this one too
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnhs88iTgMo
 
Nick
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:08pm
Some pics found on the net.  
 
Northbound freight on the Niagara Canyon Bridge.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:11pm
Found them here.  
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/msdwilkie/sets/72157594359616383/
 
Northbound Dayliner at Nanoose Bay.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:13pm
Northbound passenger train on Arbutus Canyon Bridge, pre-RDC era.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:15pm
Excursion near Lake Cowichan on the Lake Cowichan Sub.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:16pm
F-units on the E&N??? Centennial Train southbound at the top of the Malahat bound for Victoria.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:19pm
Centennial Train at Shawnigan Lake. What a weird sight, F-units on the island.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 24th, 2007, 11:21pm
PAW near the top of the Malahat.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 1:44am
Wow, some of the Wilkie pictures have turned up!
 
Those centennial train pictures have always been good for an argument..."there has never been an F-unit on the island!!!"..or " No Grove sleeper ever set a wheel on the island!!"   A "modern" conventional passenger train on the island....just looks SO strange!...especially the one in the snow...most E&N pictures just scream "E&N"....that one just screams, "NOT E&N"!
 
If it was different, and it happened in BC, Dave Wilkie would have a picture to prove it!!!
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 2:08am
I am surprised to see that Geeps were used back in the 60s on the Cowichan Sub. Even though its only an excursion train, I would have thought that the Baldwins would have been used.
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 3:04am
I am so glad to see pictures of the Centennial train.  I mention it to people and so many go "I remember that I think" but few have pictures of it.   I have not had much luck in finding pictures so these two are  a blessing.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 3:49am
on Mar 24th, 2007, 11:13pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Northbound passenger train on Arbutus Canyon Bridge, pre-RDC era.

 
Is it just me, or is there a person out on the telegraph wires? I'm sure i'm just seeing things but it does look an aweful lot like it.
Posted by: ENR_fan Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 12:56pm
on Mar 24th, 2007, 11:11pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Northbound Dayliner at Nanoose Bay.

 
What is the industry spur in the back ground for?
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 2:50pm
Wasn't there a sawmill at Nanoose Bay? I doubt its the old Barge slip as that was further south.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 3:13pm
There was a mill at the siding in the picture.  The barge slip was south of here and the sidings were on the right side going south.  At one time when you went north on the highway and where the bridge crosses the tracks, you could see the operator shack on the left side of the tracks.
Gordon.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 3:42pm
Further to the above: the station name was Jayem.  I also noticed in the 1984 timetable that the wye at Parksville had been removed.
Gordon.
Posted by: Chris_C Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 4:37pm
the wye in parksville is still there, there are pics on here of it
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Mar 25th, 2007, 11:12pm
on Mar 24th, 2007, 11:19pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Centennial Train at Shawnigan Lake. What a weird sight, F-units on the island.

An even WIERDER sight is a real-ish station at shawnigan lake rather than the abused shelter thats there now
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Mar 27th, 2007, 6:27pm
Forgive my lack of BC history - when was the Centennial Train on the Island? 1986?  
I first came to Shawnigan Lake in 1976. My sister lived an easy walk from the station, a few hundred yards along the track. In 1976 the station was a small shelter with a half-hip roof one end and a gable the other. I made a model of it while I was there. I still have the model. There was also, a few yards further north, a shed which looked like it was for a speeder. I have a photo of that, too, but I don't recall the building that looks like a goods lock-up which you can see in the picture of the Centennial Train. Maybe I didn't walk that far up the line.  
I remember we had to 'flag' the Dayliner to stop. We weren't quite sure how you 'flag' a train so we did what you do to stop a London bus - stick your arm out! I have a photo of my wife doing just that, at Shawnigan. Shortly after that, they did away with flagging.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Mar 27th, 2007, 6:59pm
I wrote too soon, of course. Just seen the posts about the Centennial train. 1967 explains a lot. Those buildings at Shawnigan had gone by the time I was there.  
For modellers there's one photo (colour) in Rail Canada Volume 3 and more B&W photos and a painting diagram in Rail Canada Volume 1. Apparently the loco horn played 'O Canada' - should be interesting on a DCC sound-equipped model!!
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Mar 27th, 2007, 10:32pm
on Mar 27th, 2007, 6:27pm, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Forgive my lack of BC history - when was the Centennial Train on the Island? 1986?  
I first came to Shawnigan Lake in 1976. My sister lived an easy walk from the station, a few hundred yards along the track. In 1976 the station was a small shelter with a half-hip roof one end and a gable the other. I made a model of it while I was there. I still have the model. There was also, a few yards further north, a shed which looked like it was for a speeder. I have a photo of that, too, but I don't recall the building that looks like a goods lock-up which you can see in the picture of the Centennial Train. Maybe I didn't walk that far up the line.  
I remember we had to 'flag' the Dayliner to stop. We weren't quite sure how you 'flag' a train so we did what you do to stop a London bus - stick your arm out! I have a photo of my wife doing just that, at Shawnigan. Shortly after that, they did away with flagging.

 
Well I think thats still the same "station" but now its a little worse for wear after several years of being the local hangout for youths, myself included, it has endured alot of graffiti, has a slight lean to it(no idea why) abuse, and a few attempted arsons....it looks like it seriously needs some tlc.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Mar 28th, 2007, 1:56pm
on Mar 27th, 2007, 6:59pm, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I wrote too soon, of course. Just seen the posts about the Centennial train. 1967 explains a lot. Those buildings at Shawnigan had gone by the time I was there.  
For modellers there's one photo (colour) in Rail Canada Volume 3 and more B&W photos and a painting diagram in Rail Canada Volume 1. Apparently the loco horn played 'O Canada' - should be interesting on a DCC sound-equipped model!!

 
 
As far as I know, the O Canada horns from the roof of 1411 are the horns that announce 12 noon in downtown Vancouver every day. They were originally on the roof of the BC Hydro building on Burrard street, but when Hydro moved out, they wound up at Canada place on the waterfront. Amazing how many life long Vancouver residents I've had to TELL that the horns play O Canada,  and even then, some will argue that they don't!!! They CLEARLY do!
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Mar 28th, 2007, 3:07pm
The air horns were also on the cab of 1077 as part of the B.C. museum train that toured the island.  I heard the horns when they were on the top of the Hydro building and yes it sounded like O Canada.  Guess most people do not hear the national anthem very often and do not recognise it.
Gordon.
Posted by: Jayturf Posted on: Mar 30th, 2007, 7:54pm
very cool photos... i too was exploring that area about a month back.  i think you're right about that wall being part of the old union colliery railway.  there are also a ton of old railway ruins around the union bay area.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 6:16pm
Duncan Turn making it's way north, April 3 2007.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 7:46pm
there used to be a  spur into that scrapyard there behind the  train. I recall seeing it from the dayliner in the 80s.
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 11:33pm
on Apr 3rd, 2007, 7:46pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
there used to be a  spur into that scrapyard there behind the  train. I recall seeing it from the dayliner in the 80s.

Oooo hey potentional customer there! I wonder if the rails are still there at all?
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Apr 4th, 2007, 6:43am
on Apr 3rd, 2007, 6:16pm, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Duncan Turn making it's way north, April 3 2007.

 
Where abouts is this photo taken?  Cassidy?
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Apr 4th, 2007, 9:35am
About a half mile north of Top Shelf
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Apr 4th, 2007, 10:50am
The picture was taken from Boys road. Its just south of the Cowichan river.
The scrap metal dealer is Harpers Recycling.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 2:31pm
Gonna try posting a few "golden oldies" here.  This is my first attempt at posting pics, so apologies in advance if it doesn't go quite right.  First we have VIA 6125 and 6134 crossing Catherine Street after unloading, October 5, 1984.  Friday before Thanksgiving weekend means a two car train.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 2:39pm
OK, that one seemed to work.  Next up, two shots of train 198 at Nanaimo four years earlier, on October 4, 1980.  The VIA car is 9306, originally Lehigh Valley 41, then CP (& VIA) 9306, then VIA 6143, an RDC2 rebuilt to RDC1 configuration (and must have been rebuilt for Montreal commuter pool--I remember the former baggage compartment was fitted out with seats along the walls and polls for standees to hang on to).  The car in CP colours is 9064.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 2:57pm
The other end of 9306.  A phase I car with phase II windows--was it in a wreck or was this just part of the rebuilding?
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 3:08pm
One more for now, then I have to get moving on a few chores.  Here's GP9 8825 leaving Victoria yard with the freight on a Sunday afternoon with the Budds in the background, May 26, 1985.
Posted by: ENR_fan Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 3:29pm
Awesome pictures Dayliner! I never knew that there was a spur at Catherine Street however it makes sense because that building is still there which the spur goes to and the loading dock suggests rail service in the past.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 5:42pm
Hey thanks, ENR fan.  I don't know if that spur was used to serve any customers by that time, but you would often see cars spotted there, as in the photo.  It was common for arriving freight crews to cut off the caboose and leave it in that track--it made sense for the conductor since it was right opposite the yard office in the old station.
 
I took lots and lots of photos on the E&N in those days, but they are mostly slides and I still don't have the capability to scan slides into my computer.  Don't worry, though, as soon as I can I'll be posting them here.
 
Cheers.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 6:58pm
there was  two  warehouse customers on that spur. I dont recall what they were.. one of them is  visible where the track straightens out alongside the building..the next was a block west of that,after crossing another road(road name escapes me,sorry) It was a  fenced in customer.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 8:43pm
Thanks torch--I often wondered about that spur.  You can see at the top of that picture that there are trucks parked on the tracks inside the fenced enclosure of that second customer.  That, and the way cars were spotted across from the station, made me wonder if that track was being used for anything but storage by the mid-80s.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Apr 15th, 2007, 3:25am
on Apr 14th, 2007, 2:57pm, Dayliner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The other end of 9306.  A phase I car with phase II windows--was it in a wreck or was this just part of the rebuilding?

 
 
 
Great pics!
 
The installation of Ph2 size windows on the Ph1 cars was done to most, if not all of the cars on Via..some were done neatly, others you could see where the plate was added.
 
Those cars with seats and poles in the baggage comp. were done by CP, and classed as "RDC-5's"....Via rebuilt them properly into RDC1's
 
Posted by: torch Posted on: Apr 15th, 2007, 3:53am
yup! Dayliner, the last I ever remember of  cars actually being spotted and unloaded  at the warehouses  was the very early 80s. My grandparents used to live on Catherine street in the 70s and 80s and I would always get to sniff around there. Shame that didnt include foto taking!
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 15th, 2007, 8:23pm
Thanks for the encouraging feedback, guys.  I will work on getting more pics scanned and up here over the next few days.
 
Cheers
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Apr 16th, 2007, 12:17am
on Apr 14th, 2007, 3:08pm, Dayliner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
One more for now, then I have to get moving on a few chores.  Here's GP9 8825 leaving Victoria yard with the freight on a Sunday afternoon with the Budds in the background, May 26, 1985.

 
Look Ma, no weeds.  
 
Great pic - I had several from around the same time but can't seem to find them.  Guess I'll have to look harder.
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Apr 16th, 2007, 11:22am
Thanks for posting those photos, Dayliner. Really great to see! I am also looking forward to the others that you have.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Apr 16th, 2007, 9:02pm
6125 is now used on the Orford(sp?) Express in Quebec.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Apr 16th, 2007, 9:49pm
on Apr 15th, 2007, 8:23pm, Dayliner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for the encouraging feedback, guys.  I will work on getting more pics scanned and up here over the next few days.
 
Cheers

 
Great pictures! Can't wait for the others!
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:19pm
A couple more.  Here is the old Catherine Street station with RDC 6125 in the background.  March 3, 1984.  Does anyone here remember catching the Dayliner at the original Store Street station?
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:34pm
Here's SW8 6701 at the roundhouse, May 26, 1985.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 12:19pm
on Apr 14th, 2007, 6:58pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
there was  two  warehouse customers on that spur. I dont recall what they were.. one of them is  visible where the track straightens out alongside the building..the next was a block west of that,after crossing another road(road name escapes me,sorry) It was a  fenced in customer.

The street is Mary St. if my memory is correct.  The building at the end of the siding is/was I think: Victoria Van & Storage and another name that comes to mind is Skillings.  
Torch: I see your grandparents lived on Catherine St.  I lived on the same street from 1942 till I think 1955 when we moved to Bay St. just before Government St.  When I was able to walk, I used to go down to the tracks and hitch a ride on the passenger train to the station and back.  I was about 5 or 6.  In those days you did not worry too much about where your kids went.  I just had to make sure I was home for supper on time or else
Funny thing is that many years later I worked the Victoria Yard twice.  I braked out of Nanaimo for awhile and went to Victoria as they were short handed.  They used to be 2 seperate divisions back then.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 12:24pm
Dayliner:
Great shots!  Brings back allot of memories.  Does taking the passenger train from the old station back in the days of steam count??  I took one of the last mixed trains from Pt. Alberni in the 50's and had to wait in Nanaimo for the dayliner to Victoria.  Looking forward to seeing more of your collection.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 3:24pm
on Apr 21st, 2007, 12:19pm, baldwincp wrote:       (Click here for original message)

The street is Mary St. if my memory is correct.  The building at the end of the siding is/was I think: Victoria Van & Storage and another name that comes to mind is Skillings.  
Torch: I see your grandparents lived on Catherine St.  I lived on the same street from 1942 till I think 1955 when we moved to Bay St. just before Government St.  When I was able to walk, I used to go down to the tracks and hitch a ride on the passenger train to the station and back.  I was about 5 or 6.  In those days you did not worry too much about where your kids went.  I just had to make sure I was home for supper on time or else
Funny thing is that many years later I worked the Victoria Yard twice.  I braked out of Nanaimo for awhile and went to Victoria as they were short handed.  They used to be 2 seperate divisions back then.

 
Victoria Van & Storage sounds correct - I definitely remember seeing that on old switch lists, just too bad that's something I didn't collect back then.
 
Also,  Victoria and Nanaimo crews were separate up until the mid 1980's
Posted by: torch Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 9:37pm
hey baldwincp.. the  skillings building  ,i recall, was to the left of  where the  two boxcars are in dayliner's photo. I can see a  name on the  building that was an e&n customer..  something  'mc dowell?  anyways, yup.. my  grandparents were in the house that is now the pub on catherine. I used to take the  dayliner from langford where I lived  ,down to see my  grandparents for dinner! It  was perfect.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2007, 2:35pm
Torch:
It is a small world.  Friends of our family lived in that same house back in the 40's.
Posted by: rocko59 Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2007, 5:59pm
Here's a couple shots of log cars in Duncan in 1965, looks like hemlock on them. Taken by PG Peerless who lived in Saltair & Chemainus. Russell
Posted by: rocko59 Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2007, 6:01pm
Here's #2 That's me hanging off the side & my cousin Jim Graham who logs in the Revelstoke area.   Russell
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: May 3rd, 2007, 4:56am
An unusual meet in Ladysmith --I think I took this around 1988
Posted by: tr1467 Posted on: May 3rd, 2007, 4:59am
unusual meet
Posted by: North49 Posted on: May 3rd, 2007, 5:49pm
That is quite the unusual meet, what the heck is going on there?   thanks for sharing the intresting photos  
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: May 3rd, 2007, 8:53pm
on May 3rd, 2007, 4:56am, tr1467 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
An unusual meet in Ladysmith --I think I took this around 1988

That would be whe they moved CLR 11 & 12 from static display near the highway to the shops to begin restoration
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: May 4th, 2007, 2:27am
Someone mentioned a long time ago about looking forward to when more people got on the boards and started posting historic pictures from their collections.  
 
I think that what we are seeing is this wish starting to be fulfilled.
 
THANKYOU to everyone that keeps posting all the amazing and cool pictures, from the past and present.   I think I can say that we all are TOTALLY enjoying it!!!!
 
 
Posted by: North49 Posted on: May 4th, 2007, 2:47am
on May 4th, 2007, 2:27am, CPRail4744 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Someone mentioned a long time ago about looking forward to when more people got on the boards and started posting historic pictures from their collections.  
 
I think that what we are seeing is this wish starting to be fulfilled.
 
THANKYOU to everyone that keeps posting all the amazing and cool pictures, from the past and present.   I think I can say that we all are TOTALLY enjoying it!!!!
 
 

 
I totally agree, I really enjoying see historic photographs, even just old photosgraphs from peoples private collections, thanks for sharing and keep them comming!
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: May 5th, 2007, 2:53pm
Quote:
Does taking the passenger train from the old station back in the days of steam count??  

 
OK, baldwincp, I'm officially impressed!!!  My first trip on the E&N was in 1968, and I remember getting on at the old station.  I also remember, a few years later, going down to the Store St. station to meet someone off the train.  He was visiting from Japan, and had left a book, in Japanese, on his seat "as a gift to the company."  (I guess that's a custom over there).  I still remember Don MacLachlan getting out of the cab with the book and tapping on our car window, to make sure that our friend left nothing on the train!  E&N crews have always gone the extra mile with customer service--one of the things that always made "our" railway a class act all the way.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 8:00pm
Awesome photo of 6148 at the turntable, CLC Fan!  Great lighting and unusual angle make this one of the best E&N shots I've seen, IMO.  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: ENR Posted on: May 15th, 2007, 5:23am
Just a pic I took last week  at the roundhous...
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 15th, 2007, 6:20am
Hi CLC Fan - that shot of 6148 is a really GREAT picture. I'm working on a magazine feature on Budd cars for Model Rail International. When I get going with it (AFTER my forthcoming trip to the island) I'll be asking you for permission/a high-res copy for publication.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: May 17th, 2007, 6:08pm
Southbound freight - Victoria turn - with two GP-9s near Cliffside in 1981.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: May 17th, 2007, 6:27pm
My late wife (then aged 24) flagging the Dayliner at Shawnigan in 1976. We weren't sure how you 'flagged' a train so Diane did it the same way she'd stop a London bus!
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: May 17th, 2007, 11:21pm
Excellent pix you've posted today, Blackdog. If you have more please post them.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 12:38am
on May 17th, 2007, 9:05pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
. heh, and I remember seeing the red & white ends on the Dayliner in the early 70's...  

 
LOL  The Hockey mask theme......   Jason!
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 4:36am
The shot at Cliffside, of the freight, is NORTH bound, I've just discovered, and the Lincoln grain car in the Rolling stock thread is 1976 not 1981.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 6:59am
Victoria yard with MOW stock in 1976.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 9:23am
Here's the end of that 1976 run from Shawnigan into Victoria, just for those who like the hockey mask. I thought it was great, too, and I really enjoyed that virtual job that one of you guys did with the blue hockey mask on the VIA RDC. I was really disappointed when I realised it wasn't genuine!
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 9:29am
The VIA plain yellow doesn't look nearly as good. Reminds me of the worst time on British Rail, with characterless yellow ends on everything.
This is near Cliffside in 1981.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 9:39am
...and 1981 again. The sandtower was still there.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: May 18th, 2007, 9:51am
on May 18th, 2007, 9:39am, blackdog1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...and 1981 again. The sandtower was still there.

The sand tower lasted until 85, but could be off by a year
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 21st, 2007, 8:39am
A couple more golden oldies - the last before I set off to Heathrow. Here's 1077 on the E&N at Shawnigan with the Museum Train. I wasn't there - my sister took this.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 21st, 2007, 9:11am
This was in 1990. I was trying to be a bit 'arty' with pictures of the Dayliner. This was at Shawnigan Creek.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: May 21st, 2007, 9:13am
And this one, also in 1990, was taken as the heading for an article I wrote about the effort that was being put into closing the E&N rather than promoting it. The road sign seemed appropriate!
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 22nd, 2007, 12:28am
Blackdog.  That reflection shot of the bud is very cool.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 26th, 2007, 4:44pm
Great pictures being posted
Here is one of the GP10's in a cement dust storm
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 26th, 2007, 4:51pm
Here is one of the centre beam flat car.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 2:51pm
I wonder if that centerbeam is leaving - unloaded?
 
Is there a chance someone just really screwed up a switching move in Vancouver and the car came over by mistake?   Or does that kind of thing never happen?
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 3:50pm
I guess the question is: did it come over empty?  At one time they brought ties over on the centre beam.  I will not be at work on Monday so I will not be able to see if it leaves the island.
Here are some shots of the yard.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 3:52pm
Cement transfer.
Posted by: Chris_C Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 3:55pm
it has been sitting around for a few weeks now in the yard.. it was coupled to a MOW consist in the back of the yard ,  then it was thrown into a cut of cars last week.. but hasnt moved.
 
As far as anyone can tell, it came over empty.  
 
The thing about centerbeams is that they have to be loaded relatively equal from side to side... so a location to load / unload  its fairly specific.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 3:55pm
Here are some of Via 6133 before it went to Victoria.  The "old girl" has seen better days.  Compression spoils the shot.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 4:05pm
Chris: at the time the centre beam was unloaded at the spur by the mill.  They used what I call a make shift fork lift.  It took forever to unload and bring the ties down by the shop track.  They just take one bundle from one side and go back and do the opposite side.  This was back in the ENR days.  The last loads of cedar ties came in on flat decks.
More shots of Via
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 4:10pm
Bored yet?
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 4:15pm
2 more to go.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 4:24pm
Last one
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 8:33pm
I took my son to see Wellcox yard this Sunday afternoon. There are well over 50 cars of all sorts in the yard...
Posted by: extraindriver Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 9:41pm
Judging by the lack of hi-vis, I'd guess.... trespassing in a very dangerous place
Posted by: timberland#7 Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 2:34am
Whent by the yard on saturday and did not see the center beam anywhere . Lucky for me I didnt tresspas so I could have missed it. Does any one know if the center beam brought over ties or is there another reason it is here
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 2:47am
on May 27th, 2007, 10:53pm, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
So I guess you weren't trepassing when you took those photos of the cement transload in 2005 You'd be hard pressed my friend to find anyone on this forum who hasn't tresspassed at least once.
 
The yard is down on Sunday. The geeps were dead and all the mow and highrails were parked.  
 
If you still feel the need to be a hero, PM me and I'll provide all the info you need to take to the police, along with your high horse....
 

 
 
LOL hear hear    safety first
Posted by: torch Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 3:26am
I had a  great burger at a place in tofino once.. I think it was called the way west  inn.  best burger in the  world.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 10:26am
on May 28th, 2007, 3:26am, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I had a  great burger at a place in tofino once.. I think it was called the way west  inn.  best burger in the  world.

Funny, the best burger I ever had was in Cache Creek. Can't remember the name of the place tho...
Posted by: extraindriver Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 1:55pm
I was just pointing out a safety issue, after 20 years with CPR, I've seen more than my share death and destruction on the railway,needless injuries and death of trespassers and I would not allow my children on the property. Have you ever heard "any time is train time?" What about  unintended movement of equipment( 3 cases in the last year in Wellcox yard), including vandals and trespassers releasing handbrakes...not a yard crew on duty, either. But if you don't respect trespassing rules, your kids won't either. Just pray that when they get older, they don't think its ok to be so close to equipment and end up in more pieces than they left home in.
And o ya, since you took so much time investigating my submitted photos...yes, I had permission to be on sight, and was required to wear Hi-vis/hard hat  and had a company escort while taking photos.
 So rather than blowing a fuse because you got caught doing something stupid, take it as advice from someone who cares, and does not want to see another body in more pieces that it should.Those sights live on forever in memory. Trespassing is not safe,period!
High horse, indeed!
on May 27th, 2007, 10:53pm, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
So I guess you weren't trepassing when you took those photos of the cement transload in 2005 You'd be hard pressed my friend to find anyone on this forum who hasn't tresspassed at least once.
 
The yard is down on Sunday. The geeps were dead and all the mow and highrails were parked.  
 
If you still feel the need to be a hero, PM me and I'll provide all the info you need to take to the police, along with your high horse....
 

Posted by: boxcar Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 2:47pm
i have to agree, i have hit a tresspasser just south of red deer for not obeying saftey rules, i have also seen numerous cars start by themselves for no apparent reason, handbrakes are good if they are applied, and with the amount of homeless around the yard, i would not be taking chances with someone so precious. I understand the best intentions, and that it is great your kid shares your admiration for trains, but just think, how would you tell your wife/mother if anything had happened?
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 6:15pm
It's just a simple case of "It could never happen to me!"
 
Been there seen that.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 7:38pm
Fair enough, I obviously showed an error in judgement, I wont let it happen again.
 
Extratraindriver,If I offended you in any way, please except a humble apology from a stubborn fool.
Posted by: baldwincp Posted on: May 29th, 2007, 10:28am
CLC:  Great shot in the back shop.  Any chance the next time you are there to get some interior shots of the round house?  The last time I was there was about 20 years ago.  A friend of mine took a few pictures of the inside of the round house at that time.  If I can get his permission, I will post them.  I think this is another area that needs to be recorded.  There are a few "old structures" around that are interesting and soon will be gone.  My friend started to take pictures of what are left of the train stations on the island.  Unfortunately he did not get the job finished.  Another interesting building down at the Victoria Yard is the Ormand cooky factory.  Not sure if the sign is on the wall still.  Another interesting structure is the car shop.  That is one building I have never seen the inside of.
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: May 29th, 2007, 1:11pm
on May 29th, 2007, 4:03am, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Actually, you are all wrong: the best burgers available are at a place called "The Scarlet Ibis" and it's located in a remote logging town called Holberg.. halfway between Port Hardy and Cape Scott Park.  Of course, when you're 5 days in the bush and eating Crap Dinner and sand, -ANYTHING- tastes awesome!  

 
I will attest to this. Their fries are also really good, and for where they are located, the prices are reasonable. My sister was born in Holberg, so I've been there a couple times. Definitely worth the trek, as it's on the way to Winter Harbour, and Cape Scott park. If you're railfanning the Englewood railway, it's only about 2 hours farther up the road.
Posted by: Blackdog2 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 9:49pm
110/119 switching Top Shelf on 24 May 2007. Anyone get a photo of the Union Pacific hopper? I missed it - didn't see it till I passed by on the Highway next day.
Posted by: Blackdog2 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 9:56pm
Another on the same day. A week later they picked up the two dust control tanks along with the empties. Can someone explain how this dust control material is used? On the track or the highways? Is it off-loaded into something else and sprayed? Excuse my ignorance - it's not something we need in rainy England!
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:35pm
on Jun 2nd, 2007, 9:56pm, Blackdog2 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Another on the same day. A week later they picked up the two dust control tanks along with the empties. Can someone explain how this dust control material is used? On the track or the highways? Is it off-loaded into something else and sprayed? Excuse my ignorance - it's not something we need in rainy England!

It is for road use and you are correct, it is offloaded into trucks and sprayed on the roads
Posted by: torch Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:48pm
Dear Lord! where is  the  the  track in that last  photo? Looks like they are just drifting on top of a meadow! lol
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2007, 2:21am
on Jun 2nd, 2007, 9:56pm, Blackdog2 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Another on the same day. A week later they picked up the two dust control tanks along with the empties. Can someone explain how this dust control material is used? On the track or the highways? Is it off-loaded into something else and sprayed? Excuse my ignorance - it's not something we need in rainy England!

 
 
The dust control, which I think is Magnesium Chloride, is used on gravel roads and dirt logging roads.  It is a kind of diluted salt and works by pulling moisture out of the air to "wet" the dust the same way salt pulls moisture out of things that are "salt cured" like meat.  It is actually the water in the air that ends up keeping the dust down, not the chemical itself.
 
The old method of spraying crude oil all over the gravel roads is no longer acceptable.  I guess no-one likes oily well-water these days.  
Posted by: Blackdog2 Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2007, 1:46pm
Thanks, guys. I've still got a lot to learn from this forum and it's great that there's always someone who knows the answers.
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Jun 7th, 2007, 10:17pm
6148 arriving Duncan on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007. Photo by my Mother. (full sized here, smaller one below.)
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2007, 2:24am
Same as above, now with resized goodness .
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jun 13th, 2007, 9:39pm
on Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:48pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Looks like they are just drifting on top of a meadow! lol

 
You should see some of the tracks at Thornton yard, they have about the same amount of weeds.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 12:02am
on Jun 13th, 2007, 9:39pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
You should see some of the tracks at Thornton yard, they have about the same amount of weeds.

 
Weeds or Wheats?    
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 12:04am
on Jun 14th, 2007, 12:02am, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Weeds or Wheats?    

 
LOL, A little of both.
Posted by: bcrailfan Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 12:23am
Does anyone know if the Alberni Sub was treated during the recent weeding work?  I know there's no traffic (freight) on the line but it is only going to get harder to re-use that line if the SRVI doesn't stay on top of the maintenance and weed problems along the right of way now.
 
Ben
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 12:35am
Looking at your photo CLC, I wonder if this year's herbicide spaying isn't going to make for a few more brake-fires along the right-of-way this summer.  Then again even the live plants dry out pretty well.
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 9:25pm
well im glad to see they herbicide is actually working....I wonder how well its working on the broom..
Posted by: sry110 Posted on: Jun 14th, 2007, 9:37pm
What kind of machine do they use to spray the herbicide.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jun 18th, 2007, 2:46pm
on Jun 12th, 2007, 3:04am, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I just emptied the memory card in my camera... here's 19 pics of some miscellaneous freight car shots I took at Welcox during a break from work on June 9th.  The Dayliner was taken today at the Transfer Beach Rd crossing after it dropped off a bunch of kids a few hundred metres away at Transfer Beach Park.
 
http://members.shaw.ca/cprclc6/ENR.html

 
 
Nice pictures of Wellcox. With all those weeds it's starting to look like Thornton yard.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Jun 20th, 2007, 3:45pm
Back in the UK now. Noticed a mowing machine parked at Cobble Hill on ...... guess it must have been 11 June. Nice piece of kit, capable of cutting a wide swathe both sides of the ROW. Couldn't see anywhere it had been used though, but have you noticed that the 'meadows' in my shots of Top Shelf have since been mown? Pity, there were nice California Poppies on the trackside there!  
Looks to me like the broom dies from the top OK with the herbicide - Cobble Hill looks very dead in the four-foot now.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jun 28th, 2007, 3:30am
Here are a few pictures of the Budd car just south of Humpback Road approaching Langford lake last Sunday.
 
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jun 28th, 2007, 3:31am
Sun was in a bad spot but ah well.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jun 28th, 2007, 3:32am
The rear side.
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Jun 28th, 2007, 5:55am
Great photos jason, you can really see the elevation changes in that area!
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Jul 4th, 2007, 4:01pm
I've posted a lot of the photos I took on the island last month on my magazine's website www.model-rail.com
This is NOT an advert it won't cost a penny to look - just saves me posting them again.  
If you're into modelling you might find something useful in the Top Shelf pictures. There's also a set of E&N stations and some stuff at the Forest Museum.
CHRIS
Posted by: imprezzed Posted on: Jul 5th, 2007, 1:44am
[quote author=CLC Fan link=board=Vancouver;num=1069788329;start=660#678 date=07/04/07 at 23:06:17]Blackdog-> I couldn't locate your pictures on that magazine website.  Can you give us a hint..??
 
[\quote]
 
 
 
Try here:
 
http://www.railwaymags.com/nav?page=railwaymags.contentspage&view_resource=6824159
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jul 6th, 2007, 12:26am
on Jul 4th, 2007, 11:06pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Blackdog-> I couldn't locate your pictures on that magazine website.  Can you give us a hint..??
 
JasonK-> Nice pictures, and I love your camera, I could tell by looking at it that you were using one like mine.  I am hoping to upgrade to that model eventually.  I bought the one below it (the 5 MP version) last summer just as the black one was being promoted... but the black is cooler looking. heheh.

 
Yes, the Canon S3. Great camera, love it and it shoots excellent video as well but the 12x zoom is the main selling point for me which is often critical for rail fanning. I'd go DSLR but the cameras are just too bulky for my liking.
 
The S3 is going for a pretty good price these days as the S5 was just released.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
 
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:38pm
on Jul 6th, 2007, 2:22am, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Yes, the optical zoom (x10) is a big reason why I bought the S3, and for the very same reasons you mention.  The DSLR's are coming down in price but too serious for my useage.

 
Actually it's 12x, not 10x
 
I used to shoot with SLR's back in the "film days" but don't need that now.
 
J\
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Jul 8th, 2007, 1:49pm
The mowing machine parked at Cobble Hill on 11 June. I guess this machine must have the double distinction of being the smallest 'locomotive' on the E&N and the largest lawnmower on Vancouver Island?
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Jul 8th, 2007, 7:14pm
on Jul 8th, 2007, 1:49pm, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The mowing machine parked at Cobble Hill on 11 June. I guess this machine must have the double distinction of being the smallest 'locomotive' on the E&N and the largest lawnmower on Vancouver Island?

 
Haha Im not sure about the largest lawn mowr on the Island....there are some mowers that are about as wide as the length of a large pickup used to mow the lawns of sports fields....
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jul 28th, 2007, 7:10pm
I was over in Victoria for work last week and a I snagged a few photos and a couple videos of the Dayliner. On the 23rd, I found 6133 and 6148 being cleaned at the roundhouse after their daily run.
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Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jul 28th, 2007, 7:16pm
Saw the pair on the morning of July 26th at the downtown station getting ready for the day.
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jul 28th, 2007, 7:18pm
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Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jul 28th, 2007, 7:22pm
Here's a video I shot of 6133 and 6148 on the evening of July 27th at the Admiral's Road crossing in Esquimalt. I was on my bike, and after that I raced down to see if I could catch them again closer to downtown. They'd already made it to the station, but I shot a video of them crossing the Johnson Street bridge quite slowly on the way back to the roundhouse. Not the greatest video, with people in the foreground talking. But if there's any interest, I'll post it also. Let me know.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to67Heo7Xw0
Posted by: prairie_dog_central Posted on: Jul 29th, 2007, 2:50am
Caught the Dayliner in Nanaimo on July 15. Anyone know the history of that big dent on 6133? (6133's lower right corner)
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jul 29th, 2007, 11:57am
on Jul 29th, 2007, 2:50am, prairie_dog_central wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Caught the Dayliner in Nanaimo on July 15. Anyone know the history of that big dent on 6133? (6133's lower right corner)

I believe it was from an altercation with a gravel truck.  6133 was a parts donor for a while and one end was traded with 6148 (that actually hit the gravel truck)
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Jul 30th, 2007, 6:36pm
I went down to check out Welcox yard today to see what's new.  Caught the crew doing some switching.  Here I caught them using the old caboose/scale house lead which I haven't seem them do before.  I grabbed a couple of shots and went to switch to video but my battery died.  D'oh!  Anyways, you should have heard those wheels screaming... and you could smell the metal.  The brakeman had to hug the side of the hopper to clear the trees on the left.
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Jul 30th, 2007, 7:10pm
Thanks CLC Fan. That's interesting that you were there also on Monday evening. I went up on the hill behind the roundhouse as well, interesting vantage point, but the light was really bright behind the Dayliners, so it wasn't condusive to the greatest photos. From the right side though, I really like the evening light.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Jul 30th, 2007, 10:57pm
on Jul 29th, 2007, 11:57am, CP8673 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

I believe it was from an altercation with a gravel truck.  6133 was a parts donor for a while and one end was traded with 6148 (that actually hit the gravel truck)

 
I believe the dent is from the tree it hit back in 2000. When they fixed the damaged end on 6148, they actually rebuilt it with new steel.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Jul 30th, 2007, 11:02pm
The Victoria Sub does seem to be a target rich environment.  (Dayliner vs. trees, gravel trucks, other vehicular traffic that is)
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Aug 14th, 2007, 8:22pm
Does anyone have a photo of the Tailer Train depressed center flat that showed up with transformers from time to time?
 
Thanks, Craig
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 12:11am
6135 sitting in one of the service tracks at Welcox today.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 2:17am
Looks like they covered up one of the windows. Must be for the Wheelchair accessible washroom.
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 12:05pm
on Aug 19th, 2007, 2:17am, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Looks like they covered up one of the windows. Must be for the Wheelchair accessible washroom.

 
 
Wheelchair accessible washroom? I thought wheelchair users weren't even able to board the train in their chairs. Or have they fixed that as well?
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 2:04pm
Hi All,
 
Many states now have laws which require subways, trolleys, LRV's, buses, to be handicapped friendly and have all their facilities accessible to handicapped persons. I have seen buses with elevators for allowing a wheelchair access from streetlevel to the floor of the bus. Subways and LRV's have ramps for such access as well. Long overdue.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 7:01pm
on Aug 19th, 2007, 12:05pm, CN7059 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Wheelchair accessible washroom? I thought wheelchair users weren't even able to board the train in their chairs. Or have they fixed that as well?

 
 
Once they are on the train they can use the wheelchairs. Boarding the train, the disabled person would most likely have to be carried up the stairs, I believe the doors are too narrow for a wheelchair.  
 
    BTW, 6133 and 6134 were given wheelchair accessible washrooms when they were overhauled in the early 1990's.
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2007, 9:01pm
I guess the only way to have a truly accessible RDC is to take an rdc-2 or 3 and put an onboard lift at the Cargo door.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 2:27am
on Aug 19th, 2007, 9:01pm, CN7059 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I guess the only way to have a truly accessible RDC is to take an rdc-2 or 3 and put an onboard lift at the Cargo door.

 
 
Didn't IRSI do that with their demo car, the 6202?
Posted by: North49 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 2:34am
Yard is looking a little full....
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 12:14pm
Sure looks good!
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 12:49pm
Lots of cars in the yard. Now it only needs some more engines.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Sep 14th, 2007, 12:11am
Time for some "classic" E&N.  RDC2 9103 northbound at Cowichan Station on August 26, 1977.  My mother took the picture as the train slowed to let me on for a trip to Nanaimo.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Sep 14th, 2007, 1:27pm
Quote:
That's a nice picture.  Makes my current one pale by comparison.

 
I don't know about that, CLC Fan.  I'm sure liking the look of that full yard these days.
Posted by: enr3004 Posted on: Sep 14th, 2007, 5:01pm
Nice eh! Looks great!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Sep 14th, 2007, 7:36pm
Are those tankers on the far right of that second to last photo the ones for Columbia fuels?
Posted by: torch Posted on: Sep 15th, 2007, 6:56am
bingo. But they are working on it. Needs  some boxcars.
Posted by: 95XXX Posted on: Sep 15th, 2007, 2:16pm
Im a" half full" kinda guy!
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Sep 15th, 2007, 3:34pm
on Sep 15th, 2007, 2:45am, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The yard is probably filling up because they won't take the empties back.   just kidding...
 
Crofton, yes those three cars are where Columbia Fuels receives its loads.
 
But behind all those freight cars, the yard is half empty...

 
 
Looks like Glen yard in Vancouver, empty.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Sep 16th, 2007, 10:28pm
on Sep 14th, 2007, 12:11am, Dayliner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Time for some "classic" E&N.  RDC2 9103 northbound at Cowichan Station on August 26, 1977.  My mother took the picture as the train slowed to let me on for a trip to Nanaimo.

 
LOVE the hockey mask!
 
 
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 12:20am
Great pix as usual, CLC Fan. Nice to see Wellcox so busy - its been a while since it looked like that. Is this because of a rail ferry problem?
Posted by: torch Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 1:48am
dont know about a  ferry problem   but this has  more to do with the  30 percent traffic increase. (that number is from SRVI 's mouth, not mine)
Posted by: Chris_C Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 2:47am
30% is probably a little low even.....
 
Pole Yard
Cement offloading - Up about 1000%
Columbia Fuels
ocasional Slurry cars
Posted by: torch Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 4:58am
yes, for  sure!   that cement operation looks to be  BOOMING now! everybody cross ya fingers  for boxcars.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 9:12pm
I'm crossin my fingers that SRY keeps finding new customers and maybe finds something south of the 'hat. And wouldn't it be kewl if they found a reason to run over the hump? That'd be something. Hell, send us another Geep!
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Sep 27th, 2007, 12:52am
on Sep 26th, 2007, 4:58am, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
yes, for  sure!   that cement operation looks to be  BOOMING now! everybody cross ya fingers  for boxcars.

 
 
Boxcars?? What's so special about boxcars?
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Sep 27th, 2007, 12:38pm
Mmmm, boxcars. Is there anything they can't do?
 
I concur with Torch, boxcars are just interesting, and you don't see them very often anymore so it would be nice to see some.
 
J\
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Sep 27th, 2007, 4:33pm
Where's that cement being used? Victoria? or all over the Island? If it's being used in Victoria it might make sense to move it south by rail to avoid winter weather conditions on the Malahat, not to mention the occasional road blockage by an overturned propane tank truck....
It would certainly be good to see more traffic moving beyond Welcox on the E&N, but one step at a time, I guess. What's happening is certainly good news. How long before Welcox needs a switcher just for the barge so that 110/119 are kept available for the main line?
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Sep 27th, 2007, 5:23pm
I totally agree with you guys about the boxcars. They used to be the bread and butter of the railways, now they're not as common. Nothing makes a railway feel like a railway more than boxcars.
 
It would be great to see them on the Island.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Sep 27th, 2007, 6:56pm
I think a daily sand/gravel train would make me happier than a string of boxcars. Hopefully somebody on the island has the know how to bring it all together.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2007, 9:51pm
Here are some shots of the cab from SRY110 at E&N Days. first is the controll stand
 
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2007, 9:53pm
A view for everyone to enjoy.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2007, 9:54pm
Conductor's side.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2007, 9:58pm
110 showing off it's heritage. Thats all for now, I might put up more of the pictures i took later.
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 4th, 2007, 9:00pm
I caught the Duncan turn northbound today beneath the powerlines north of Duncan.   I almost missed the train due to being stopped by a flagperson waving a tree-chipper across the road ahead of me but was happy when I was let through just in time to snap this pic.
 
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Oct 4th, 2007, 10:54pm
Nice catch Cody! Where abouts north of Duncan was it?
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 5th, 2007, 12:03am
Thanks!
 
There is a nice lookout along Somenos Road.   Go north from Duncan and take the left off the highway onto Somenos Rd (at the bottom of the curved hill on the highway) and back-track a few kilometers until you pass over the tracks again.
 
 
The location of pic is directly under the hydro-line right of way
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Oct 5th, 2007, 11:31am
That's a really pretty picture - one to print off for the wall of the railway room, I think. If you don't mind.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Oct 5th, 2007, 9:03pm
on Oct 5th, 2007, 11:31am, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That's a really pretty picture - one to print off for the wall of the railway room, I think. If you don't mind.

With the curve & trees, how long is the train?  50? 100 cars?  
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 6th, 2007, 1:53am
on Oct 5th, 2007, 9:03pm, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

With the curve & trees, how long is the train?  50? 100 cars?  

 
You mean you didn't hear Top Shelf expanded business? SRVI's running 100 car unit grain trains with a pair of GP9's.  
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Oct 6th, 2007, 3:11am
I forgot to mention those units were in pusher service on the end of a 95 car movement of Llama feed pellets.    
 
 
 
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 13th, 2007, 12:45am
I found these on an old computer disk, anyone know the photographers?
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 13th, 2007, 12:46am
same as above. Location looks like Parksville.
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Oct 25th, 2007, 5:44pm
Two pictures of the old interlocking tower that was relocated to the former museum site at Ladysmith.  The building had just been refurbished and was torched shortly after this picture was taken.  
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Oct 25th, 2007, 5:45pm
One more...
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Oct 26th, 2007, 3:32pm
on Oct 25th, 2007, 5:44pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Two pictures of the old interlocking tower that was relocated to the former museum site at Ladysmith.  The building had just been refurbished and was torched shortly after this picture was taken.  

Does anyone know how the diamond was operated? What I mean is, was it a CLoR or a CPR employee that threw the signals, or both?  Who ultimately owned the building while it was in service?
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Oct 26th, 2007, 11:37pm
Wild guess here, but I would assume it was probably a similar arrangement to Clayburn- Normal lined for CP and CL&R crew would throw the signals before proceeding.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 27th, 2007, 1:48am
6148 at Thornton yard, still. It's been going back and forth between Thornton and New Westminster for weeks.
Posted by: timberland#7 Posted on: Oct 27th, 2007, 3:38am
The Diamond tower restoration was being done by the Ladysmith rotary club and as you can see by the pictures there were doing a first class job of it. They had all the windows in before it was vandalized. When the town anounced they were evicting the society from the site a fellow who was not a member of the society was upset at the town for evicting the society whent and smashed all the windows in the shop and the tower. He was caught and that was his explanation, how that helped the society is beyond me.After that the kids got into and like the rail cars down there they set fire to it.A real shame. In Turners logging by rail page 184 it shows John Auer operating the levers and Iam pretty shure he worked for crown z. The levers are in town on display on first avenue and most of the semaphores are still in existance. The oil lamps I have never seen them and Iam looking for some if anybody knows were they can get some, they were maintained and lit up untill 1984 when rail logging was ended.
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Oct 27th, 2007, 7:37am
on Oct 27th, 2007, 1:48am, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
6148 at Thornton yard, still. It's been going back and forth between Thornton and New Westminster for weeks.

Test runs?
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 27th, 2007, 7:34pm
on Oct 27th, 2007, 7:37am, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Test runs?

 
Hauled back and forth by the tramp job. Supposed to go to Vancouver apparently, to Via.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 9:45pm
Decided to head over to Nanaimo today to get some pictures of the ol' E&N. Dunno why, I work around these things 5 days a week and on my days off I go take pictures of another railroad, I must be insane LOL.  
 
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 9:47pm
Dayliner.
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 9:49pm
At Wellcox in the morning sun.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 10:31pm
cool pics, T.  and  you are not insane for that. you are more insane for being a railfan who decided to work for a major railroad!  lol  I remember  when you used to post on this board about wanting to work for the e&n so its only natural that you go  to nanaimo for fotos. at least CN hasnt stripped away your railfan spirit! keep it up!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 30th, 2007, 1:59am
on Oct 29th, 2007, 9:45pm, CrashNational wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Decided to head over to Nanaimo today to get some pictures of the ol' E&N. Dunno why, I work around these things 5 days a week and on my days off I go take pictures of another railroad, I must be insane LOL.  
 

 
Great shots Tyler! I wish I could get some time off to do the same thing.  
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Oct 30th, 2007, 9:49am
Great photos Tyler! Looking at these will inspire me to get out and start shooting again with my new camera. With the trees being cut down along the road by the yard it opens up new photo angles along the side looking down.
 
Dave
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Nov 1st, 2007, 2:41am
Found this photo tonight. What siding is this in Chemainus?
 
http://www.pbase.com/cvcc/image/46130932
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 1st, 2007, 6:54am
The siding is in the south end of town.  South switch is near where the steam locomotive is on display & north switch was removed years ago by CP
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Nov 1st, 2007, 12:42pm
on Nov 1st, 2007, 6:54am, CP8673 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The siding is in the south end of town.  South switch is near where the steam locomotive is on display & north switch was removed years ago by CP

This must have been an afternoon move.  The train is facing north "waiting for the dayliner" so that would be about 15:45 - 16:00, since the guys are in the cab and not at the golf course club house having coffee.
 
In the background, you can see some wires...  Henry Road.  The Arbutus tree behind the hoppers is the Haul Road; between the Haul Road & Henry Road was  where the steam locomotive's roundhouse was (where the dirt parking lot is now).
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 1st, 2007, 2:43pm
Thanks for the clarification on street names - I know where I'm going there but I'll be darned if I know street names.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 10th, 2007, 9:37pm
trying out my new scanner... not sure about the resizing  so bear with me.. cant seem to get them centrerd.Any tips?   ive got quite a few more.this is from 1990.vic west e&n.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 10th, 2007, 9:49pm
on Nov 10th, 2007, 9:37pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
trying out my new scanner... not sure about the resizing  so bear with me.. cant seem to get them centrerd.Any tips?   ive got quite a few more.this is from 1990.vic west e&n.

 
 
Wow, two switchers in the yard in the early 90s?
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Nov 10th, 2007, 10:52pm
on Nov 10th, 2007, 9:37pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
trying out my new scanner... not sure about the resizing  so bear with me.. cant seem to get them centrerd.Any tips?   ive got quite a few more.this is from 1990.vic west e&n.

 
Good Lord. Clean ballast on the yard tracks. No weeds! It's a miracle.
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 12:09am
Hey Torch,
 
I presume with your new scanner you got some photo editing software, most have some basic stuff that comes with them.  After scanning, use the "crop" function to cut off all the blank space around the photo, save the new shape, then use the "resize" feature to blow it up to a max of 900 by 600 pixels, then resave it, as a jpg of course,  to post on the forum.  Should show up right on the thread without a thingy to click on.
 
Hope this helps.  If you knew all this already, you can tell me to shut my jaw  , and I will buy you a coffee  .
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 12:14am
Nice Pic Moka. Seems weird to me to see the Victoria yard so active.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 12:48am
thanks  4744.. that did  help, actually... in all the  excitement of getting it the  scanner   i forgot that it came with all that software.. when i scan the  rest I will make sure they are cropped.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 5:39am
I think I got it now.. Anyways, this pic is the vic west yard in january 91.  Note the boxcars at the unloading dock..im pretty sure this is what had become of the albion yard when they tore it up and just moved a dock to vic west. Am I correct? anyhow, this was around 9 am or so after the budd went north and you can see the nanaimo bound train on the siding waiting for the power to couple onto it . The switch crew had made up the train as was usual after they did their other vic chores. Once I watched the northbound frieght leave the yard PUSHING a railbox bocar infront of the lead loco What an odd sight but they pushed it into the standard furniture spur only a km or so north .
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 5:53am
Look! GP-35s !   Northbound @ thetis lake overpass,winter 1990.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 5:55am
same train.. not the greatest pic,sorry.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 6:08am
Cool pics, Torch! Glad you got the scanner figured out, now you have to get all your pics on here!!  BTW, the 2nd Thetis pic is pretty sweet  
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 2:10pm
on Nov 11th, 2007, 5:55am, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
same train.. not the greatest pic,sorry.

 
Actually that is a very cool pic.
 
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2007, 6:05pm
Great pics, Torch! Thanks for posting.
 
Dave
Posted by: prairie_dog_central Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 1:18am
Old shots from spring, 06, just before I moved back to Vancouver. Scanned from slide.
Posted by: prairie_dog_central Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 1:19am
Spring 06, also a slide, I remember it being a Sunday.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 2:59am
nice!  Im already missing  the "old  twins' and the  "beast".
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:18am
Remember the  buckerfields in south duncan? Couple snapshots...1990.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:21am
another.. note the cp boxcar in the back!  wow..unloading grain from a boxcar mustve sucked. lol
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:23am
vic west again.. early 90s. Look at all the  propane tankers in the yard, The attempts at unloading propane at the loading dock proved unsuccessful when they realized there was no unloading lading rack.  lol   See the old  clay slurry hoppers  next to the car shop?  I remember the  day when those finally left victoria on a northbound.
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 7:27am
Did Top Shelf used to be Buckerfield's or are they two different locations?
 
Craig
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 7:33am
two different locations. Buckerfields was about 2 kms to the north of  where top shelf is.  I have a couple pics of top shelf  from the  same roll  that i will post tommorow.
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 11:15am
Great!  Thanks
 
Craig
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 9:21pm
Great pics Torch, it looks like you've got the scanner all figured out. The photo looking down from the hill at the end of the yard is one angle I wish I'd have shot from more. Thanks for posting.
 
Dave
Posted by: hillbank Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 1:38am
Nice pics of Buckerfields Torch...my dad worked there for a few years, when he worked there boxcars with grain were starting to come in smaller numbers replaced by more and more hoppers, the job of finishing unloading a boxcar was left for the kid with the after school job! I once saw a CP boxcar half full of bran, it looked like compacted sawdust! Buckerfields continued to receive boxcars right up until the switch was taken out but the contents were bags of finished products like beet pulp, dog food, and fertilizer, another interesting thing was if you purchased a carload of products through Buckerfields they would arrange for CP to spot it at the nearest siding for you to unload, my brother in law who is a farmer had CP boxcars of fertilizer and bale twine spotted at Cobble Hill siding on several occasions.
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 2:18am
on Nov 11th, 2007, 2:10pm, Coastrail wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Actually that is a very cool pic.
 

 
I also agree that it's a great photo. Really captures something with that mix of rolling stock. Thanks so much for posting, Moka.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:44pm
Here's a set of shots taken on a Dayliner trip on June 27, 1985.
 
Dave
 
1. Budd cars being moved to the station from the roundhouse area in the morning.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:46pm
2. At the station ready for the run up island (downtown Victoria station not yet built at this time).
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:47pm
3. Niagara Canyon Bridge.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:48pm
4. Arbutus Canyon Bridge.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:49pm
5. Tunnel.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:52pm
6. Nanaimo.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:53pm
7. Nanaimo.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:54pm
8. Parksville.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:56pm
9. Courtenay.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:57pm
10. Courtenay.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 4:59pm
11. Back at the station in Vic West.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:00pm
12. Budd cars being moved back to the roundhouse.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:02pm
13. When arriving back in Victoria, I found a northbound freight made up and ready to depart.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:04pm
14.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:10pm
15. Crossing Esquimalt Rd.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:11pm
16.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:18pm
Nice,Dave!  My fave shots  are  the  ones  with the  frieght leaving vic.. I like the caboose shot too. Many of us  never  focused on the  caboose. Wonder where that lumber wouldve come from? Maybe the bcfp mill on the CN line?
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 5:53pm
and that passenger car in the yard by what looks like a water tanker, i wonder why there would be a coach in the yard.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 13th, 2007, 8:06pm
Nice pics Dave,
 
I especially like the shots of the yard. This would have been a couple of years before they re-aligned the main line and Songhees Rd. By this time, most if not all of the industries on the Songhees were gone. I could be wrong.
 
Aaron
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 2:51am
Those are all great shot as usual.  That is the great thing about this group is how good and how rare all the shots are.
When they were still using the concrete cube I was visiting my sister who lived in the area and walked over and peaked into the stalls of the roundhouse and was suprised to find each stall had a passenger car in it. I don't know of them actually being used for anything and I would guess they could be some of the cars that wound up on BC Rail eventually.  Im at a lose to remember just what year it was but when your world only has dayliners in it to find passenger cars hiding in the shop is a real suprise.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 10:27pm
I'm starting to feel like a broken record, but I'm going to say it anyways........great pictures Dave!! They are all great, I think pic #16 was my fave from that last set, don't see many like that.  
I have another question though, why would CN interchange the bulkheads w/lumber over to the E&N? Where were they going that CN couldn't ship them out on their own barge?
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:26pm
Great pictures, Dave and Moka.  My fave is prbably Moka's second Thetis shot--nice to see what kind of fright cars were running back then, and in a very pastoral setting--sweet.  I had left the Island by the time of your pictures, so I really appreciate seeing what was around in the early 90s.  Thanks for sharing.
 
And Dave, your shot of the fright about to leave Victoria is an eye-opener--I had forgotten what a great mix of traffic you could still see back then.
 
Quote:
I have another question though, why would CN interchange the bulkheads w/lumber over to the E&N? Where were they going that CN couldn't ship them out on their own barge?

 
vicguy, I believe both Victoria Pylwood and BCFP had reciprocal switching agreements with both railways.  Switch lists from that era show CN would deliver CP cars to BCFP for loading, and then haul them back to the interchange for forwarding over CP.  Similarly, the E&N would deliver CN cars to VicPly and then run them back to the CN at Victoria.  Of course, both shippers also had the option of using their "home" road.  Larger shippers had that kind of leverage, and having some competition kept the railways honest!
 
Quote:
and that passenger car in the yard by what looks like a water tanker, i wonder why there would be a coach in the yard.

 
boxcar, that coach was at that time CP 411526, assigned to the Victoria auxilliary.  It's an old colonist car, ex-CP 2514, built in 1905, and is now part of the WCRA collection in Squamish, where it has been restored.
Posted by: boxcar Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:51pm
thanks for that dayliner, just thought it weird to have a passenger car on a frieght road but that makes sense.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:05pm
Here's a set of photos taken on July 7, 1985 showing the day's activities.
 
Dave
 
1. A few photos around the yard before anything was happening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:07pm
2
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3
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:11pm
4. Over to the Store St. Albion yard to see a little switching. (I posted these previously on the Store St. thread but have included them again here for continuity).
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5.
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6.
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7.
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8. Back to the main yard to watch a northbound freight being made up.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:17pm
9.
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10.
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11.
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12.
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13.
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14.
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15.
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16.
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Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:32pm
18. Headed north along the tracks and caught the southbound Dayliner behind the warehouses on Viewfield Rd. in Esquimalt. (View is looking south, Budd cars are moving away from me).
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 6:35pm
19. Headed a little further north and caught the freight leaving town approaching the Hutchinson Ave. road crossing in Esquimalt.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 8:35pm
Awesome.......just awesome......I really don't know what to say anymore other than you're really spoiling us, Dave!! I love the shots from up on the rock of the SW setting up the northbound freight for the geep!  
 
Dayliner: thanks for the explanation, that's really cool that that all happened here! I think I was born in the wrong era.....
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 11:37pm
Dave, I must say... those  are my  favorite  sequence  shots  on this whole forum so far.. its like magic.. tkaes me  right back.. seems most of the northbounds around that time were about 8-10 cars long.  Mustve been summer as  I see the water car. I miss how the car shop was actually functional back then.  A real railroad.  and a  tiny yard!(same goes for albion yard)   I recall in the mid 80s that most northbounds left around 6 ish..   I lived in langford and they came throo pretty much 6 30 on the dot. Guess that wouldve gave them time to switch vic plywood in between. Sometimes they would switch vanisle  moulding in langford on a northbound trip!!! that included a 'flying switch' move. I watched that happen a couple times.  Then they might switch the big warehous off jacklin road.. I cant rememebr the name of what it was back then even though my uncle was a  warehouse manager at the time.. Funny.. he  used to mention at family dinners  about them getting a  few boxcars at the time and I regret not asking him more about it  or bieng down there more often to watch them come in . Im sure he  couldve granted me a more upclose view from inside the loading docks.. shooot.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 12:03am
pardon the quality of some of my shots.. wasnt much of a photog.  This is a short sequence of a northbound throo view royal in 1990. Train was 12 cars. Many of the early 90s vic turns were longer than in the 80s! Some of you guys may recall.. Corfton spur.. you lived in langford around then, im sure you can concur.. I d  see trains as  long as 18 cars... Longer if they had some of the flats used for the army moves.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 12:04am
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Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 12:08am
Welcox... I tried posting this a while ago by taking a foto of  a foto. this one is better. 1990 summer. Note  8 locomotives at the time!
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 12:09am
yard view.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 12:11am
Vic west yard. Empty and wet.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 1:42am
on Nov 17th, 2007, 12:08am, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Welcox... I tried posting this a while ago by taking a foto of  a foto. this one is better. 1990 summer. Note  8 locomotives at the time!

That makes sense - 3 units for Port Alberni turns, 1 unit Wellcox/Nanaimo switcher, 2 Victoria Turn, 2 spare
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 5:45pm
on Nov 17th, 2007, 1:42am, CP8673 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

That makes sense - 3 units for Port Alberni turns, 1 unit Wellcox/Nanaimo switcher, 2 Victoria Turn, 2 spare

6 GP-38's, 2 GP-35's.  Strange not to see a high-hood GP-7/9 or switcher........
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 17th, 2007, 7:48pm
By the time we got the 38's & 35's over here, unrebuilt GP9s were becoming very rare.  Also, what would be the point of keeping a SW at Welllcox.  Can't use if for anything else whereas a GP could be used as a spare if needed
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 3:01pm
Nice shots, Torch, especially the View Royal ones. I never did photograph anything around there. Here's a few shots of a northbound freight taken on July 11, 1985.
 
Dave
 
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Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 3:02pm
2. Budd cars being moved back to the roundhouse after the day's run.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 3:03pm
3. Langford. Waiting....
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 3:09pm
4. Here it comes. It appears the 2 boxcars originally behind the locomotive have been switched out before reaching Langford.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 4:21pm
Nice shots Dave.
 
The yard was sure busy even in '85.
 
It sad to see the roundhouse today, just sit and rot. It seems more and more unlikely that it will be used for a rail museum. The developer is wanting to turn it into a False Creek type joint with mostly commerical and a   "rail interpretation centre" . The E&N corridor is to be preserved for future commuter rail use.
 
here is the link to that project.
 
http://roundhousevictoria.com/pdf/Application_Section_05.pdf
 
Aaron
 
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 4:44pm
on Nov 18th, 2007, 3:09pm, Goose5 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
4. Here it comes. It appears the 2 boxcars originally behind the locomotive have been switched out before reaching Langford.

 
Most likely left at Victoria Plywood.
 
J\
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 6:15pm
Great pics, amazing(and sad) what can change in what is really a short time..
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 3:58am
Goose5, Torch, Everyone, thanks all!  I'm lovin' every minute of your pics!
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 6:14pm
on Nov 13th, 2007, 5:18pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
. Wonder where that lumber wouldve come from? Maybe the bcfp mill on the CN line?

 
Could it have been from the mill in Langford, were they still active at that time? What year did that mill burn down? It would make sense if they switched it going south and hauled the load north.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 2:13pm
on Nov 17th, 2007, 5:45pm, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

6 GP-38's, 2 GP-35's.  Strange not to see a high-hood GP-7/9 or switcher........

 
 
3 GP35's, 5009 in the middle has the snowshields that the GP38AC's also had..remaining unrebuilt GP9's, of which there were only a handful left, were all transferred east in 1989 prior to rebuilding. I think 8617 was the last one in the lower mainland.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 6:35pm
Here's a set of shots taken on July 28, 1985.
 
Dave
 
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Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 6:42pm
5. Grass and weeds have been cut around the passenger car in preparation for it to be interchanged over to CN and sent to Vancouver on their barge (have more photos of this in upcoming rolls).
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Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 6:53pm
13. Crossing Wilson St. in Vic West.
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 8:31pm
Those are truly great pictures. Still amazed how busy the yard was in the late 80s.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 8:36pm
Damn CP for killing this railway!! So my favorite shots from this set are 10, 13 and the roster shots of 8839. Very cool, thanks Dave  
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 9:52pm
I'm trying to figure out what angle/where pic #2 was taken from.
 
Was there once 4 tracks curving around the hill behind the roundhouse toward downtown? There are two tracks there now, and the 'siding' never gets any use anymore.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 10:11pm
on Nov 21st, 2007, 9:52pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I'm trying to figure out what angle/where pic #2 was taken from.
 
Was there once 4 tracks curving around the hill behind the roundhouse toward downtown? There are two tracks there now, and the 'siding' never gets any use anymore.

 
 
I think you're right, if you look to the far right of pics 5 and 6 you can see the boxcars from picture 2  
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 10:23pm
Yes guys, there were 4 tracks curving around the hill. 2 of them were removed in the late '80's.  
 
Dave
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2007, 1:04am
the yard after the roundhouse was removed in I think 89 when they realigned Songhees Rd. It was then realigned as well with only the mainline and siding remaining. This was in preparation of the residential developments in the songhees.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:01am
88 or 89 seem right.  By that time there was little industry left in Victoria that shipped by rail and the other tracks were not needed.  The old coach yatd left enough storage space and all that was needed was the passing track
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2007, 3:56pm
First Pacific Wilderness Railway train to Victoria.
Posted by: El-e-va-tion Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 1:06am
on Nov 17th, 2007, 12:11am, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Vic west yard. Empty and wet.

 
What are those little small hopper cars, and where did they go to?
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Nov 24th, 2007, 11:21pm
Hello everybody.  Does anyone have pics of the Arbutus Canyon bridge they could share.  Strangely, what I really need is pictures of the land around the bridge, like the river and surrounding landscape so i can model the canyon and the bridge.  I have a few good pics of the bridge but have no idea what it looks like in the canyon it's self.  Now that I think of it I need the same for the Niagara Canyon.  Thanks, Craig
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Nov 25th, 2007, 9:15pm
on Nov 24th, 2007, 11:21pm, craigolio wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hello everybody.  Does anyone have pics of the Arbutus Canyon bridge they could share.  Strangely, what I really need is pictures of the land around the bridge, like the river and surrounding landscape so i can model the canyon and the bridge.  I have a few good pics of the bridge but have no idea what it looks like in the canyon it's self.  Now that I think of it I need the same for the Niagara Canyon.  Thanks, Craig

Look in other threads.  Use the search option.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Nov 26th, 2007, 6:39pm
A few assorted shots taken around the yard on Aug. 5, 1985.
 
Dave
 
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Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Nov 27th, 2007, 11:26am
Very cool rolling stock, Dave.  
 
Thanks again for all you've posted!
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 12:31am
on Nov 30th, 2007, 11:02pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Never noticed this sitting in the grass before.

I think it came off 3870.  It looked a bit different in it's last days but couldn't place what had changed until seeing that pic
Posted by: CrashNational Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 2:17am
on Dec 1st, 2007, 12:31am, CP8673 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

I think it came off 3870.  It looked a bit different in it's last days but couldn't place what had changed until seeing that pic

 
3809 probably , if you look at 3870 it never had a plow.
Posted by: CNslavecamp Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 12:31pm
That plow has been there since 2002, the twins could not work nose to nose with that setup.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 8:37pm
A couple of shots taken on Aug. 18, 1985.
 
Dave
 
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Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 9:40pm
Wow, the carshops were sure used alot in 85. I see they even did maintenance on CN equipment as well.
Posted by: Goose5 Posted on: Dec 5th, 2007, 5:47pm
A few shots taken on Aug. 28, 1985.
 
Dave
 
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Posted by: Cody Posted on: Dec 7th, 2007, 1:07am
It's relentless Goose!    When does your book come out?    
Posted by: CPRail4744 Posted on: Dec 7th, 2007, 1:59am
Cool...Way Cool!
 
Where is that level crossing shot taken with the switcher on it?
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Dec 7th, 2007, 2:12am
on Dec 7th, 2007, 1:59am, CPRail4744 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Cool...Way Cool!
 
Where is that level crossing shot taken with the switcher on it?

Esquimalt Rd between Robert & Russell.
 
Vic West, 1/4 mile from the Shops.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 1:59am
Budd Cars ready to leave Courtenay, Winter of 1984/85, Photo by Frank Carter.  
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 2:10am
Second try, CPR 8828 with North bound cars arriving Courtenay Winter of84/85. Frank Carter photo.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 2:45am
Third try lucky I hope ,CPR 8828 ready to leave Courtenay with South bound passenger train ,winter of 1884/85
Posted by: torch Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 5:52am
neat to know they used geep 9s and budds back in 1884!  lol
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 8:48am
Good catch on a not-too-common occurrence.  I remember seeing that same train get back to Victoria.  They only had one GP there at the time.  When they got back in, the freight took the engine for it's run up Island
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 5:30pm
second try; 1239@ Welcox Photo by Frank Carter, Taken may 1981.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 6:25pm
North bound Courtenay Turn south of Byrn (Parksville) March 1985 Photo by Frank Carter,
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 6:52pm
Another of Welcox Yard taken by Frank Carter in of May 1981. Some GP 9's along with two Baldwin swichers # 7070 and I would think 7072 in the background.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 6:57pm
on Dec 13th, 2007, 5:30pm, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)
second try; 1239@ Welcox Photo by Frank Carter, Taken may 1981.

Sorry this should of 1985, I need stronger glasses!
Posted by: torch Posted on: Dec 13th, 2007, 9:13pm
these are  awesome pictures!
Posted by: mike_enr Posted on: Dec 14th, 2007, 11:15am
Wow! Thanks for those photos, tfctrains. I didn't know that 1239 was on the island in the past.
 
 
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Dec 16th, 2007, 11:21pm
I think I counted 32+ tank cars, most of them loaded.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Dec 17th, 2007, 1:45am
Wow that is a lot of tank cars.
 
This must represent some income for the railway. Too bad they couldn't transload at points closer to the trucks' final destinations...
 
Unit tank trains over the Malahat!  
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 2:11am
Via Rail # 6135 @ Royston Road Crossing Dec 2, 2007, Train was 1 hour late and making up time, It was a thrill to see! Photo by Frank Carter
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 3:11pm
Man it is nice to see things like that(as in pictures depicting things that could have been anytime in the last 50 years) in almost 2008!  An RDC at speed, on a snow covered "branchline"...good to know that things are still right with the world in some little corners of it!
Posted by: Balto Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 4:03pm
Great picture! That's a lot of snow it's throwing in all directions. If it's throwing that much snow down there, what happened when it got to you?  
Posted by: El-e-va-tion Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 6:42pm
on Dec 19th, 2007, 2:11am, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Via Rail # 6135 @ Royston Road Crossing Carter

 
What part of the Island is that?
 
What area's get more snow on the line then others?
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 8:37pm
Great pictures, Frank and Richard. I didn't notice any hoppers in Richards photos, thats possibly the first photo of Wellcox I've seen like that.
 
Bring back the pole car sets too!
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 19th, 2007, 11:58pm
on Dec 19th, 2007, 4:03pm, Balto wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great picture! That's a lot of snow it's throwing in all directions. If it's throwing that much snow down there, what happened when it got to you?  

I missed the best shot as it hit the windrow of snow at the crossing, for some reason that picture didn't turn out, about that time I was starting to run.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 20th, 2007, 12:02am
on Dec 19th, 2007, 6:42pm, El-e-va-tion wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
What part of the Island is that?
 
What area's get more snow on the line then others?

Royston is about 4 miles south of Courtenay,  the end of the line. There is sometimes more snow on the north end than the south end.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Dec 20th, 2007, 12:08am
on Dec 19th, 2007, 8:37pm, FSD8014 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great pictures, Frank and Richard. I didn't notice any hoppers in Richards photos, thats possibly the first photo of Wellcox I've seen like that.
 
Bring back the pole car sets too!

Thank you, poles are still st