Lyon Valley Northern

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

September: Railfanning West Day 1

As you know for me "every day is train day" And this was no exception.  Travelling west for my Neice's wedding we were going through jasper.
Arriving in the morning in Jasper Alberta, the first train I saw was the Skeena waiting east of the station.  The engineer was just getting ready to move the train forward to the platform for loading.  
On track 2 a coal drag had just pulled in for the crew change which is located at the building west of the station.
 As I walked up an east bound pulled into track three.  what a great way to start the day.
 Here you can see both sets of power with the "Old Man" clearly visible in the morning sun.
 Behind the crew change point a spare F40PH and passenger car sit idle.
 The coal drag pulls out westbound.  Interesting to try and do back lit photos in the shade of the trees on a bright day.  It was fun.
Here you can see the train departing through the only grade crossing in town.  In the background is Whistler Mountain with the cable station on top. 
 Right behind this train a second coal drag but only one locomotive (SD70M-2) in the lead
 Went to the other side of the facility to get a good sun angle.
 we left town and at Moose lake we quickly pulled over to catch this grain empty heading east at speed.
 Arriving at Blue River a Westbound Mixed Freight approached the east end and pulled into the siding to meet an east bound.  Both trains stopped for a switch of crews for their return trip to Jasper and Kamloops..
 This was a long one and it took 30 minutes to complete the move.

 A big wave from the conductor.
 Mid train helper
 Here is the eastbound departing blue river.
That's it for day one.


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