Chasing these epic West Coast sunsets with @dylanfinol 🇨🇦
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“Worth Every Step” by @mikethomas001 / 8-27-17
Tomorrow I turn twenty-six, so I thought I'd make my last day of being twenty-five count. Since I began working out of Lillooet five years ago, I've wanted to hike into Moran. Daylight trains down the hill aren't exactly common, and when they do show up, quite often I'm on the silly thing. So after talking to the crew office to confirm my day of bank time was approved, I set out for the hills.
Sunday is always the best day for trains on the hill since Rocky heads north over the Lillooet Sub, and there's a chance for a southbound if things get backed up. If you're unaware of the territory, southbound trains drop nearly three thousand feet from Kelly Lake at the Mile 192 on the Lillooet Sub, down to Polley at Mile 162 just outside of Lillooet, BC.
The hike in took over an hour, and let me tell you, it was worth every step.. After Rocky headed north, I found a new spot and waited for 570 to proceed southbound. At Moran, the track is on a steady 2.2% grade. The north switch (pictured above the lead unit) is one of the hardest switches to stop at, anywhere. Not that the south switch is much better, but the track binds up a fair bit through the siding, helping hold back tonnage trains waiting for a meet.
A neat thing the old time BCR engineers do is drop a water cup or napkin out the window once you get 'stopped'. The longer you're there, the further you creep. Sometimes your 'marker' is forty of fifty feet behind you once you start lifting the train again. This spring the siding was removed from service, used only for track units and emergencies now, and the mighty show of full dynamics stopping thousands of tons of weight for a meet is just a rather vivid memory.
Puffins! What a great day with @bonavistaadventuretours in Newfoundland. We started the day on a hike to the spots where the locals go to watch puffins and there were hundreds of these cute little guys. We ended the day with a traditional beach boil up. They cooked a bunch of tasty seafood over an open fire and even ordered in a spectacular sunset for me. A great Newfoundland experience. If you plan to visit the Bonavista area, be sure to check them out.
Forest near Toronto. #discoveron
As I wander'd the forest,
The green leaves among,
I heard a wild flower
Singing a song.
I slept in the Earth
In the silent night,
I murmur'd my fears
And I felt delight...William Blake