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4 hours ago, pH said:


Almost certainly CP’s Arbutus line. Now closed and (eventually, after much bargaining) bought by the city as a walking/cycling path known as the Arbutus Greenway.

Thanks. It was 78 and 79 when I saw it. I can't remember  if it was still there in 99.

 

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33 minutes ago, jamie92208 said:

Thanks. It was 78 and 79 when I saw it. I can't remember  if it was still there in 99.

 

Jamie


It was in service until 2001. The track was still there at least into 2014, though very overgrown in places. The city finally bought it in 2016.

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Canadian National units on a westbound unit grain train on Canadian Pacific tracks at Port Moody March 1 2021.

 

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Taken across a road bridge, between passing cars. The train is heading into a very low setting sun.

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A few weeks ago, I posted some pictures of the IOCO industrial spur in Port Moody. I said that there were new ties and tie plates dumped at various points along the track, and that I thought there was going to be a program of tie replacement. Turns out, there was more than that. It seems that the whole spur was relaid. 

 

I don't know if the relaying was done with CWR (I was going somewhere, and didn't have time to check in detail) but the rail lengths are certainly longer than previously. The old, jointed rail has been lifted in long lengths, not unbolted and lifted as separate rails. Is this common practice? 

 

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There's also been some upgrading of things other than the track itself. For example, this dilapidated timber pedestrian/bike crossing:

 

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has been replaced with precast concrete panels:

 

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Some great memories here.  I have visited Canada five times,  four of which included Vancouver Island where I have cousins.   In 1987 the Dayliner was still sufficiently speedy that it waited time at Nanaimo where you could alight and buy food from a refreshment truck during the layover.  We rode the train from Victoria to Qualicum Beach and back one day and on another day from Victoria to Nanaimo and back.  Here is #6133 at Nanaimo on October 20th, 1987.

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On 25th August 2009, I rode on the Dayliner service, consisting of #6135 and #6148 from Victoria to Qualicum Beach and back for a lunch date.   The neatly manicured lawn and freshly painted station building with its hanging baskets at Qualicum Beach contrasted with the deterioraring permanent way.  After returning to Victoria, I photographed the ECS working, as it cleared Johnson Street bridge on its way back to the Roundhouse.

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Passengers accessing the daily southbound train at Nanaimo, 16th March 2011.
Due to the station building having been damaged by fire, passengers boarded the train from a parking lot on the opposite side of the line from the station.   This temporary arrangement ended two days later when the passenger train ceased to run.

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A short freight train from Wellington to Nanaimo's Wellcox Yard consisting of two empty cars, on 17th March, 2011, returning to the docks after unloading on the island.  Hauled south through Qualicum Beach by a pair of GP9s.  One of the last trains around here.  Passenger trains ended the following day and freight a few months later.

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On 20/03/2021 at 16:53, cessna152towser said:

Some great memories here.  I have visited Canada five times,  four of which included Vancouver Island where I have cousins.   In 1987 the Dayliner was still sufficiently speedy that it waited time at Nanaimo where you could alight and buy food from a refreshment truck during the layover.  We rode the train from Victoria to Qualicum Beach and back one day and on another day from Victoria to Nanaimo and back.  Here is #6133 at Nanaimo on October 20th, 1987.

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6133 is the RDC now owned by Jason Shron of Rapido Trains. I was lucky enough to get a cab ride in it some years earlier, from Victoria over the Malahat to Shawinigan Lake. The island isn't the same without the Dayliner. Had to go all the way up to Beaver Cove to see trains when I was there in 2012 - now that's closed, too.

 

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On 20/03/2021 at 10:22, cessna152towser said:

A final look at the E&N at Langford on 20th May, 2012 where the track still looked to be in reasonable condition.

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That section had been relayed fairly close to the end of service, due to the road crossing which you are standing in being redone.  Not as extensive as at the graving dock, but still very little used by rail.  There are more in Langford which are yet to see a train...up by the west shore YMCA.  Floyd’s Diner is fairly good for brunch...

 

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A couple of 'roster' shots - the only usable photos from a frustrating couple of hours this afternoon:

 

AC4400CW #9735 in Port Coquitlam yards:

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AC4400CWM (rebuilt AC4400CW) #8054 at Port Coquitlam:

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Had some slides scanned recently and couldn't resist posting this one, taken at Lillooet on the British Columbia Railway in 1981. The chop-nosed Alco and single passenger car formed the morning school train for indigenous children from Seton Portage. They would return home on the southbound regular passenger train. The coach (heated by a log-burner which w3asn't necessary in the 95deg heat when I was there) was named Budd Wiser, a gentle poke at the line's regular passenger RDCs. (CJL)

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This was taken quite a few years ago and I wasn't quite sure where I was so I'll caption it as what I think it is. A brace of Southern Railway of BC (Washington Group) switchers (SW900s?) head a long train of triple-deck auto-racks over the bridge to Annacis Island (over the Fraser?). From memory they approached across the street but I missed that shot due to having to change the camera battery at the wrong moment. (CJL)

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4 hours ago, dibber25 said:

This was taken quite a few years ago and I wasn't quite sure where I was so I'll caption it as what I think it is. A brace of Southern Railway of BC (Washington Group) switchers (SW900s?) head a long train of triple-deck auto-racks over the bridge to Annacis Island (over the Fraser?). From memory they approached across the street but I missed that shot due to having to change the camera battery at the wrong moment. (CJL)

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Yes, those are Southern Railway of BC SW900s. They are crossing a swing bridge over the north arm of the Fraser River from New Westminster - you are standing on the riverside walkway in New West. They are on their way to Annacis Island, but that’s not Annacis Island on the other side of the bridge - it’s an area called Queensborough. They will have to cross another swing bridge from there to get on to Annacis Island. The street they will have crossed on the way to the bridge is Quayside Drive.

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Three flavours of BNSF autorack in the BNSF/CN/CP exchange sidings in Coquitlam on August 13.

 

With BNSF emblem (left hand end):

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With 'swoosh' in yellow:

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With 'swoosh' in orange:

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CPR SD30C-ECoS #5004 and 5007 on transfer trip with containers from Port Coquitlam yards to container terminal in downtown Vancouver on August 19. This location has been changed recently from 'Barnet' to 'Walker'.

 

#5004 was rebuilt from SD40-2 #6027. 

#5007 was rebuilt from SD40-2 #6056.

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I liked the 'going away' shot too, more for the overall impression than details:

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17 hours ago, pH said:

CPR SD30C-ECoS #5004 and 5007

I liked the 'going away' shot too, more for the overall impression than details:

 

I too like the SD30C-ECO units - if nothing else as you note they provide a nice visual change to the dominance of the various GE units that have taken over the railroads (I wonder if CP fans said the same thing back in the day when the SD40-2 so dominated the CPR).

 

Sadly I don't see the SD30C-ECO or its sibling the GP20C-ECO ever being done in model form.  At only 50 and 130 units, and only 1 owner with not much variation in paint schemes, I doubt they would sell enough - though perhaps worth a request to ScaleTrains in case there is enough that could be shared with their SD40-2 tooling.

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47 minutes ago, mdvle said:

Sadly I don't see the SD30C-ECO or its sibling the GP20C-ECO ever being done in model form.  At only 50 and 130 units, and only 1 owner with not much variation in paint schemes, I doubt they would sell enough - though perhaps worth a request to ScaleTrains in case there is enough that could be shared with their SD40-2 tooling.

 

On the SD30C-ECO, the frames and trucks from the donor SD40-2s were used in the rebuilding, and look to be unaltered. A kit for the body shouldn’t be too difficult (Kaslo Shops?). The biggest problem might be the fuel tank, which was replaced in the rebuild and appears to have a different profile.
 

 

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Really enjoyed that thanks chaps :)  Here’s a few from my trip in 2011

 

 

2011-05-04 c CP Station & Vancouver Lookout (3)

From the tower in Vancouver 

 

2011-05-04 c CP Station & Vancouver Lookout (18)


The trains were a tad smaller when I visited a friend on Vancouver Island

2011-05-05 c Keiths garden railway (14)

 

2011-05-05 d Werner garden (24)

 

Just missed the approaching train at the Cisco bridges

2011-05-06 b Cisco bridges (0)

 

2011-05-06 b Cisco bridges (3)

 

2011-05-06 b Cisco bridges (5)

 

Heading for Kamloops

2011-05-06 c Cisco to Kamloops (23)

 

Revelstoke

2011-05-07 a Revelstoke

 

Field 

2011-05-07 b Field (04)


and up to Jasper 

2011-05-07 d Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise to Jasper a (9)

 

2011-05-07 e Jasper (1)

 

2011-05-07 e Jasper (15)

 

2011-05-07 e Jasper (14)

 

I better include 6015

2011-05-07 e Jasper (23)

 

2011-05-08 a Jasper Yard

 

2011-05-08 a Jasper Yard (26)

 

2011-05-08 a Jasper Yard (32)

 

2011-05-08 a Jasper Yard (38)

 

 

 

 

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