Is that a pile of new spikes beside 2155? it seems like a lot of valuable metal to leave lying in the open.
Yes, Bill, those are brand new spikes. The MoW boys are fixing to change out old rail ties this year, and have laid out piles of the required materials in preparation:Is that a pile of new spikes beside 2155? it seems like a lot of valuable metal to leave lying in the open.
Bill, an earlier zebra striped locomotive will periodically make it's way into the town yard, as this March 4th, 2020 photograph proves. Frankly, I prefer the zebra stripes over the later NA map-blotch scheme. Each to his own, though. Both of these engines are SD40-2W's:I'm glad the CN did away with those broad diagonal white stripes on the sides of the units. I never did like that scheme. I imagine finding one these days is pretty rare.
I like the map-blotch scheme without the map-blotch. Whenever I see the "map", I think the paint has peeled or someone has spray painted graffiti on the side.Frankly, I prefer the zebra stripes over the later NA map-blotch scheme.
Thanks for joining in, Sherrel.Going to join in with this ... I just realized today that the "map" is just that?
I have been thinking, like Bill, that someone spilled something, or a fire had occurred.
That's horrible looking! Who came up with that? I digress back to the early jet age of the passenger a/c when the airlines had beautifully designed paint -- then they started going to the huge single letter design -a big W for Western, or just the word Eastern; I could go on, but you get the gist?
Thanks for clearing that up for me - still looks terrible!
I worked the summers of 1968-71 in a pulp & paper mill in Lewiston, ID. Very interesting rail traffic but man, what odors.
It is true, the older pulp-n-paper mills stink up the neighborhood. Hinton, AB, has one dating from the 1950's that smells like no tomorrow.BILL -- I remember a pulp/paper mill near some relatives place in Louisiana - You could smell it 20 miles away!
Bill, I don't know why 4 engines were there yesterday. Perhaps an over-night stay in our nice CN bunkhouse has something to do with it.Any idea why that many engines were parked on the spur?
Since I've recently taken an interest in trains and in photographing them, I do hope to get out there soon.Are you able to venture out of town and photograph the mainline? I located Whitecourt on the Alberta provincial map in my AAA Atlas. I would love to see scenic photos taken from a distance of a train winding its way through open prairie with possibly the mountains in the distance.
Wow! Sounds like a formula for very interesting and varied photography in terms of both scenery and trains. Good luck pursuing your newly discovered facet of this hobby.Whitecourt is sitting right on an ecological border, with agricultural land to the east and boreal forest to the west........
..... One nice thing about Whitecourt is that we don't get any of those boring, long double stack container feights. We get boxcar, flatcar, and open hopper freights, and of course the tankers.
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