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Posted by: cycledude Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2017, 10:27pm
Alberni Pacific Railway is no longer operating the steam train to McLean Mill due it being overweight for the recent trestle inspection. This info was given me yesterday from the station attendant during a phone conversation. They are using a small (lighter) diesel powered engine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2017, 6:49pm
on Jul 22nd, 2017, 10:27pm, cycledude wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Alberni Pacific Railway is no longer operating the steam train to McLean Mill due it being overweight for the recent trestle inspection. This info was given me yesterday from the station attendant during a phone conversation. They are using a small (lighter) diesel powered engine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They are using Ex M&B 11 a 1942 GE 65 toner pulling 3 cars. I understand they will be tours of the steam sawmill at Mclean Mill but they will not be operating it. The logging show with the Steam Donkey will only be operated on Fridays when it is safe to do so. They hope to has the trestles re inspected soon.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2017, 7:04pm
on Jul 23rd, 2017, 6:49pm, tfctrains wrote:       (Click here for original message)

They are using Ex M&B 11 a 1942 GE 65 toner pulling 3 cars. I understand they will be tours of the steam sawmill at Mclean Mill but they will not be operating it. The logging show with the Steam Donkey will only be operated on Fridays when it is safe to do so. They hope to has the trestles re inspected soon.

Posted by: thehighwayman Posted on: Jul 24th, 2017, 12:03am
Pic is upside down
 
Will MacKenzie
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 24th, 2017, 12:34am
Fixed.
Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Jul 24th, 2017, 6:18pm
I had a log chat with an ex president of the IHS and the people originally behind the Alberni Pacific. He claims the new crew running everything ignored all the points they were given by the outgoing team and they just didn't bother to call the BCSA to schedule an inspection because the new manager didn't think it was really necessary to go to all that trouble. Is the APR now akin to the ICF, The people in charge having no railway expertise or knowledge.  
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jul 25th, 2017, 12:41am
on Jul 24th, 2017, 12:34am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Fixed.

Thanks Henry must of had the cell up side down or something ? When I sent it to myself it was fine then when I attached it to the site it ended upside down.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jul 25th, 2017, 12:46am
on Jul 24th, 2017, 12:03am, thehighwayman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Pic is upside down
 
Will MacKenzie

Sorry  Will justed looking at again it was up side down, now it is backwards, I will try another and see if I can do better.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 25th, 2017, 2:45am
I flopped it so it should be OK now.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jul 26th, 2017, 1:08am
on Jul 25th, 2017, 2:45am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I flopped it so it should be OK now.

Perfect, sorry the steamer is not running on the Alberni Pacific but the GE 65 toner is an interesting little engine. Thanks again Henry
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jul 29th, 2017, 5:20pm
Awww...that's lame...
 
The wife and I intended to take our son up there last summer but it didn't work out...we were going to make a point of doing it this summer, but if the steam engine isn't pulling the train and the sawmill isn't operating, that sorta puts a damper on it.
Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Jul 29th, 2017, 11:16pm
on Jul 29th, 2017, 5:20pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Awww...that's lame...
 
The wife and I intended to take our son up there last summer but it didn't work out...we were going to make a point of doing it this summer, but if the steam engine isn't pulling the train and the sawmill isn't operating, that sorta puts a damper on it.

The mill and train is a huge subsidy requirement of the city of Port Alberni. It is so strange moving to a town where everything is done in back rooms and under the table.  
Posted by: aprsteamer Posted on: Aug 8th, 2017, 5:49pm
Just to clarify, the #11 locomotive is a 45 ton engine, not 65 ton as reported
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Aug 28th, 2017, 1:39am
Anyone happen to know if anything has changed? Is the Alberni Pacific operating the steam locomotive again?
 
Thanks,
AP
Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Aug 31st, 2017, 9:57pm
on Aug 28th, 2017, 1:39am, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Anyone happen to know if anything has changed? Is the Alberni Pacific operating the steam locomotive again?
 
Thanks,
AP

When I get back to Port I will let you know. I have heard numerous tidbits about the operation but I can't confirm until I'm back home.
Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Sep 11th, 2017, 12:36pm
on Aug 31st, 2017, 9:57pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)

When I get back to Port I will let you know. I have heard numerous tidbits about the operation but I can't confirm until I'm back home.
Well I'm home and most of what I was told and information alluded to are basically correct. The whole operation now hinges on a further $300,000.00 in funding to get the 6 miles of rail operation back functioning. I still firmly believe that we now have a new entity running the APR that has way too little rail operating experience and it will just continue to bleed Port Alberni of tax money.  
http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/alberni-pacific-railway-needs-300k-if-steam-train-to-run-again/
Am I disappointed, damn straight, but I am not surprised as Vancouver Island seems to always put into power people and groups who have no real idea of what is supposed to be their the domain.  
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Sep 13th, 2017, 1:46am
on Sep 11th, 2017, 12:36pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Well I'm home and most of what I was told and information alluded to are basically correct. The whole operation now hinges on a further $300,000.00 in funding to get the 6 miles of rail operation back functioning. I still firmly believe that we now have a new entity running the APR that has way too little rail operating experience and it will just continue to bleed Port Alberni of tax money.  
http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/alberni-pacific-railway-needs-300k-if-steam-train-to-run-again/
Am I disappointed, damn straight, but I am not surprised as Vancouver Island seems to always put into power people and groups who have no real idea of what is supposed to be their the domain.  

 
Dammit.
 
Really should have taken the time earlier on to ride this train; it seemed like a solid operation and I just wasn't worried about it disappearing...