Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 22, 2012 13:32:55 GMT -8
CPR Last-Spike site at Craigellachie, BC. - We were there on July 9, 2012. - It's a highway rest-stop with a historical display. Included is a small gift-shop that is run by the Revelstoke Train Museum Society (where you can buy a copy of "Nicholas Morant's Canadian Pacific" book for $89.95).
That's the current CPR mainline on the right-side of the photo, on the other side of the fence.
An artists replica of the most famous photo in Canadian history. - the gift shops have a book about the "little boy in the photo". As far as the big boys in the photo go, I recognize Van Horne, Fleming and Smith. George Stephen is in there somewhere, as is HellsBells Rogers too.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 22, 2012 19:29:26 GMT -8
An early morning visit by me to the Columbia River bridges at Revelstoke paid off with a coal-train crossing. - July 10, 2012. - I'm on the east-end of the highway bridge. A great photo vantage point for morning photography of the rail bridge. ========================
VIDEO of the train:
- starting at the 13-second mark, you can see an automobile's reflection as it crosses (from left to right) on the 1-lane bridge which is behind the railway bridge. In this photo angle, only the reflection of this auto-bridge is visible; which is kinda neat.
Photos of same event:
The middle-of-train locomotive
End of train. Time for me to return to my hotel. Rogers Pass awaits me for my day.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 30, 2012 17:06:55 GMT -8
Eastbound double-stack container train at Morant's Curve. - 6:30am, on July 11, 2012. (20 minutes after the westbound train in my previous post). - I had put my tripod away and was getting ready to leave, when I heard this train coming.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 31, 2012 20:02:25 GMT -8
Upper spiral tunnel on CPR line, seen from viewpoint across the valley on Yoho Valley Rd. - morning on July 11, 2012.
The same eastbound (uphill) train is visible in the following 6 photos. As I told the other tourists at the viewpoint on the next day, "look to the landslide, and then look to the left". - series of zooms
(that's Mt. Stephen on the right)
I saw another train here, the next afternoon. I'll review and post those photos later. - I also got photos and video of a train transiting the lower spiral tunnel, where you can see the same train in 3 places at once. (that's when I played "tour guide" at the viewpoint, explaining how it all worked.....)
Post by Low Light Mike on Aug 2, 2012 21:05:24 GMT -8
July 12, 2012, 9:13am, and I am playing the role of tour-guide to friendly strangers at the Lower spiral-tunnel viewpoint. Happily explaining the directions of the train and how it will appear in 3 places at once.
This is an Eastbound double-stack freight train, heading uphill of course.
Here's the VIDEO:
And some stills:
The empty track of the upper portal
The lead locomotive appears and is about to enter the lower portal. - you can see the concrete outline of the portal, ahead of the locomotive and just behind a hilly bit of trees.
The lead locomotive emerging from the upper portal.
...and a close up of same photo:
The cross-over effect, seeing the same train in 2 places. - but not quite as impressive as 3 places.... - this train enters through the bottom portal, and exits on top.
....then the train continues on the track, across the Kicking Horse River, and appears below our viewpoint, on it's way towards the Upper spiral tunnel (which is on the other side of the highway) - Same train, 3 places seen at once
Focus back on the top portal of the tunnel, with the concrete lower portal visible in the bottom-right of the photo.
End of train, as it leaves the top portal of the lower spiral tunnel. Soon it will make its way to the track that is just below our viewpoint.
Post by Low Light Mike on Aug 5, 2012 17:27:21 GMT -8
The landslide shed over the CPR line, just east of the Mt. Stephen nose tunnel. - just above Hwy-1 in Yoho Park, across from where I stayed for 3 nights in July.
The scene of the landslide path, where there have been numerous slides over the years, caused by a water build-up in a water-pool (tarn?) near the top of Mt. Stephen (or something like that). - there was a bad slide in 1988, and after that there was a water-diversion (like an overflow run-off valve) installed. Still, this photo shows the problem. The highway is at the bottom of the photo, below the rail line.
A close-up of the west end of the slide shed. - the highway guard rail is visible in the bottom left corner.
question to train experts. I have seen some pictures like above(bowness - bow river cpr bridges) where it appears the cpr actually leaves cars on the brdges during a flood event - i have also seen some over the bow river in inglewood/nose creek connector to edmonton
I gather that it is pretty much standard practice for the railways to 'park' loaded & heavy rail cars on bridges during flood events. I have seen CN do this with bridges along the rail line between Terrace & Prince Rupert during a very high spring snow melt freshet a few years ago. The weight of the cars on the bridge does reduce the likelihood of the bridge being swept away if the river water actually comes in direct contact with the bridge truss structure. Presumably the cars are loaded with non-hazardous materials such as rock or gravel.
re the 2013 Alberta floods: - I'm curious about the impact that the flooding Bow River may have had on Morant's Curve.
I expect that some of the trees near the river's edge have now been swept away.
Here are my views from 11 months ago:
I understand that both of CP routes through the Canadian Rockies (Kicking Horse Pass mainline & Crows Nest Pass) have been severely damaged and will be out of service for some time. I would expect that they are working 'their butts off' to get the mainline reopened asap.
As for damage around Morant's curve, I think that it might be okay. I have a planned hike into the Skoki area north of Lake Louise for around about the 20th of July. I went on the Banff National Park website to check their 'Trail Report' page and its sounds as though the damage to trails & infrastructure around Lake Louise was not as severe as further east/south in Banff & Canmore.
I gather CP is only able to move a limited amount of freight west to the coast by diverting some trains over CN's route via Yellowhead Pass, and over some US railways. Yes, the railways are competitive, but they do co-operate to help each other out when all hell breaks loose, such as is the case now.
Update (17:00 PDT): Apparently CP crews have been successful in reopening their main line between Calgary & Vancouver. Other routes, such as the Crows Nest Pass, will take a little longer.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jun 24, 2013 20:33:44 GMT -8
CP Rail finally has something on their website to acknowledge the service disruption from the Alberta floods. - The mainline is now open.
Here's part of a news release from 6/24/2013
Canadian Pacific recovery from Southern Alberta Floods ahead of schedule June 24, 2013 | Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) (NYSE:CP) announced today its main line west of Calgary through the Banff-Canmore region of Alberta is now open after railway operations crews successfully restored segments impacted by the extreme weather last week. A portion of its track in Calgary is expected to re-open this evening, fully restoring the railway’s main line. A segment of CP’s south line to Lethbridge, Alberta will be fully restored by Thursday.
Heavy rainfall and the accelerated snowcap melt in the Rockies over the past several days caused severe flooding and many Southern Alberta communities remain evacuated and under states of emergency including Calgary.
While the affected segments of the railway's main line were being fully restored, the railway detoured a number of its trains on the south western part of its network and was assisted by CN and other carriers over the weekend.
"Considering the devastating impacts to thousands of people and property that this extreme weather left in its path, I commend the resiliency and dedicated efforts of all our CP railroaders, who safely worked to get our network back in service so quickly," said CP Chief Executive Officer, E. Hunter Harrison, who noted during the four-day period, crews responded to over forty individual locations impacted by high water in both Alberta and the British Columbia interior.
"The force and extent of this flooding was extensive and evolved from hour-to-hour. As locations were identified, CP crews responded with equipment and resources and carefully managed to safely and systematically restore each outage," said Harrison.