Tuesday, December 22, 2009


BCRail engine and a long, long train

How many boxcars and oil tankers make up this incredible train ... click HERE to see it on the Ontario-Quebec border.

YouTube - BC Rail (CN) 4641, Illinois Central 1001, CN 2616 - 4th ...
On a bitterly cold winter day (-22C windchill) and filmed with bare hands with no tripod as the photographer rushed out of his car to capture this train on video ... British Columbia Railway 4641, a Dash 9-44CWL built in 1995, Illinois Central 1001, an SD70 built in 1995, and CN 2616, a Dash 9-44CW built in 2000, lead a long Canadian National freight train west from the Province of Quebec into the Province of Ontario.

This train had made a stop at Coteau Quebec but was seen building up speed in anticipation of its trip down the old Kingston Subdivision to Toronto.

British Columbia Railway 4641, was the first Dash 9-44CWL in its class for that railway. Illinois Central 1001 was the second SD70 built in its class for that railway. CN 2616...well...she was 14th built Dash 9-44CW for CN in the year 2000.

Did you see the two Pan Am Railways boxcars in the train consist? Pan Am lives.....but not as the airline I [the photographer] remember it as. Now it's a railroad based in North Billerica MA.

Mile 47.02 CN Kingston Subdivision
By ConrailSD70MAC
February 28 2000, 2005

Click on YouTube.

Noted in passing: Click HERE for evidence that CN destroys boxcars but no evidence anywhere (so far as I know) as to whether CN added the promised 600 new boxcars to the former BCR fleet ... as part of the unpopular deal to "sell" BC Rail to CN. That CN promise to buy 600 new boxcars was one of the deal-breakers which should have come up for review on the 5th anniversary of the deal. Maybe the review is before the courts as the "Basi Virk Basi" trial.

BC Mary says: I hope somebody counts these rail-cars. There must be 150 or 200 of them? In British Columbia, flat-lands like this are rare. I couldn't help thinking of BC Rail's knowledge (when we still owned BC Rail) of how best to navigate challenging territory such as mountain-sides, valleys, and rivers' edges.

In fact ... here's a little trip down memory lane ...

Riding BC Rail: Bygone Days of the "Cariboo Prospector"

On October 31, 2002, Canada’s rugged British Columbia province lost its last regularly scheduled Vancouver–Prince George passenger train, and tourists lost one of the most scenic rides in North America. To me, there is nothing that soothes the soul so much as a long train ride through lonesome country. To experience such a ride, and to share that experience with your fellow travelers, is to encounter the meaning of a journey. We’ve already lost too many of these trains; at least for me, this was one I’ve preserved in brain cells and digital bits. - YouTube 2000, 2005. Daniel B. Zukowski.

[Just to be sure you got it, it's HERE.]


this blog is getting more stupid and pointless than ever. i wont be checking in....
How sad for you, 8:49.

What exactly were you looking for?

It looks like Campbell has hired another clown to perfrom a dirty trick? (Anon 8:49)

I am sure all of your regular readers would agree...

We appreciate all of the time and effort you, Robin and Bill have devoted to seeking out the truth surrounding the BCR Scandal.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

PS: I hope Campbell's New Year resolution includes coming clean regarding his dealings with BCR...
To Anon 6:45,

A big Thank You ... and best holiday wishes are coming back to you and your family.
Anon 8:49 - I sincerely hope that's a promise and not an empty threat.
Hi Mary,

I counted. There were, in total including the three engines...176 rolling stock. We all know what has happened in the past when CN hauls long lines of railcars through BC mountain passes.
Many thanks, good Ceritanne!

And do I remember correctly, that BC Rail knew that 100 cars was the optimal load for navigating the steep tracks such as around Cheakamus Canyon and Lillooet.

Plus Dynamic Brakes.
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