SVI (E&N) Duncan Turn - May 15, 2013

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Every year around May the highways department receives tank cars loaded with dust control for the island's gravel roads. In the past these tank cars would be spotted at sidings all the way from Victoria to Courtenay, but with the southern and northern end of the line currently not in use, these cars are now unloaded only at Somenos siding near Duncan and at the Parksville yard.

This Wednesday's Duncan Turn would be spotting a tank car of dust control at the Somenos siding and since I had never seen this siding actually being switched, I knew I had to get a few photos there. Also on this day Top Shelf Feeds in Duncan would be switched as well as Superior Propane in Nanaimo. Now onto the photos:

The GP9's coupling up to the day's train at Wellcox Yard in Nanaimo at the beginning of the day:


Southbound crossing Haslam Creek:


Southbound about to pass under the Trans Canada Highway at Ladysmith:


Switching has been completed at Top Shelf, we now see the northbound crossing Cowichan River in Duncan:


To avoid hauling the 4 propane tank cars for Superior Propane to Duncan and back, they were dropped at Cassidy siding to be picked up on the return trip. This photo shows the northbound train coupling up to the cars on the siding:


Switching Superior Propane in Nanaimo:


With the day's switching finished, the crew now head back through Nanaimo to the yard to tie up for the day:


Thanks for looking, more photos can be found here. Also took some video, I apologize for the quality as I took it with my cell phone, here's the link.
 



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