Motorcars, Speeders and Railcars

By Wayne Parsons

Southwest Railcar Ltd. - British Columbia 2005

Coordinator: Tom Phair  -  CN Rail Host: John Armstrong


Scenery


Thursday August 11, 2005 - Leaving McBride for Prince George we back out of the yard and turn our cars on the first crossing.  Note the person flagging on the left of frame.

 

West bound from McBride to Prince George continued.  This is main line 136# CWR.  The rail is almost TOO good for motorcars.  Why?  Because, even a perfectly aligned car with new wheels will "hunt" on this straight track.  The car is pushed off one rail to the other and then back again.  On jointed track the car gets "corrected" at each joint.

 

 

McBride to Prince George continued.

 

McBride to Prince George continued.

 

 

McBride to Prince George continued - at the siding under construction.

 

McBride to Prince George continued.  This small lumber mill is long closed.  Perhaps it was built just to handle the timber in the local area, and when that had been cut the saws were salvaged and moved elsewhere.  The bee-hive burner on the right is typical of operations of the past.

 

 

West bound McBride to Prince George continued.  Many times horses are spooked by motorcars.  These animals are so used to rail traffic they don't even look up.

 

Saturday August 13, 2005 - Northwest from Fort St. James to Lovel Cove Camp.  Only passing trains keep the vegetation cut back.  The grass is sometimes a small problem for Fairmont turntables when it clogs the latching mechanism.  This requires several pulls on the release handle to get the turntable down again.

 

 

Fort St. James to Lovel Cove Camp - Lake side lunch stop and swim.

 

Sunday August 14, 2005 - Lovel Cove Camp to Minaret and return.  The rail on this upper end is in good shape. 

 

 

Lovel Cove Camp to Minaret and return continued.  The group stops for a rest break beside a stream.

 

Monday August 15, 2005 - South bound Lovel Cove Camp return to Fort St. James.  Note all the brown dead trees on the far side of the lake.

Lovel Cove Camp to Minaret and return continued.

 

Lovel Cove Camp return to Fort St. James continued.

 

Lovel Cove Camp return to Fort St. James continued.  The Lodge Pole pine trees have been harvested in this area leaving only Spruce trees that are not affected by the bark beetle.

 

 

Out of order: Saturday August 13, 2005 - derail site on the way to Lovel Cove Camp.  The atmosphere is so clean that the quality of light is much different than most of us from large metropolitan areas see daily.

 

Tuesday August 16, 2005 - Last day running south from Fort St. James to Prince George.  Here we are passing coal cars on the siding at Carp

 

 

Last day running south from Fort St. James to Prince George continued.  New trees have been planted in the foreground in the hopes that the bark beetle will have died out when the trees reach maturity and become vulnerable.

 

Last day running south from Fort St. James to Prince George.

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