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    Having just finished the last of my courses at college, on Thursday I headed off to Squamish which is the new home of the Royal Hudson after it was handed to the WCRA by the provincial government to look after and operate (the government still owns the locomotive). Thursday afternoon was spent getting acquainted with the locomotive and, most importantly, where all the lube spots are. This being a much larger locomotive than the smaller #1077 I work on as a fireman at Fort Steele Heritage Town, there are many more lube points to be aware of.


    #2860 outside of the Motive Power shops in Squamish, next door to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park







    #2860 in the shop on Friday








    Getting close to heading out.




    Heading through the yards in Squamish.


    Heading out of Squamish, passing the Stawamus Chief, a favourite place for rock climbing.


    Some of the many railfans along the Sea-to-Sky highway.


    Nearing Porteau cove.





    Nearing the bridge to cross Burrard Inlet.


    Getting into Vancouver at the Rocky Mountaineer station.


    Vancouver Fire Department helping us fill the tender.





    Night time, time to go to sleep.




    Crowds gathering for the run to White Rock


    Approaching the bridge to cross the Fraser River.


    Trestle approach at the other end of the bridge. Scenes for the Disney movie The Journey of Natty Gann were filmed near this trestle approach.


    The gigantic crowd that greeted us upon arrival at White Rock.


    At White Rock.


    Switching the locomotives at White Rock.


    Arriving back in Vancouver.




    Monday morning was time to take the train back to Squamish. I rode the observation coach the whole way, most of the time being on the open end. I was bundled up as it was the typical lower mainland weather: raining and cold. A few die hard railfans were out chasing in the rain. Then finally we made a triumphant return to Squamish with the whistle blaring and wrapping up a successful run for the Royal Hudson, signifying her return to service. A big thank you to all who made this trip happen.

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    Here's some of the railfans' photos that were captured while chasing the train through Vancouver and the lower mainland of BC:
    http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/...ad.php?t=17839

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      How VERY COOL is this! I am a hardcore railfan. I envy you.

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        Great photos and story, Barbossa! Wonderful scenery you have in them parts!

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          Wow ... that was amazing.

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            An amazing report with great pics. I'm not a "hardcore" guy but I do love riding trains...and I could just feel the romance and adventure of riding a real train, oozing out of those pictures.

            Thank you!

            --Barry
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              Wow! Those are really cool shots! Thanks for sharing your pictures and adventure with us!

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                those are great pics, very beautiful scenery too!!

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                  Wow... sounds like a great few days! Love the pics, Thank you for sharing!
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                    For those of you living in California, locomotive #2860's sister, #2839 another Royal Hudson, is on static display at the Nethercutt museum in San Sylmar.

                    #2860 is currently the only operational Royal Hudson. There is another Canadian Pacific Hudson that is operational. It is owned by Canadian Pacific and does PR tours for the company. Its home base is in Calgary and is locomotive #2816. The #2816 spent many years at Steam Town in Scranton Pennsylvania on static display and about 8 years ago it was repatriated by Canadian Pacific, restored and put back into operation. Two other Royal Hudson's are on static display, #2858 is in Ottawa and #2850 is in Montreal.

                    If any of you are interested in chasing #2860, her next trip will be near the end of June. She'll be traveling over her old BC Rail route from Squamish to North Vancouver and back.

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                    • #11
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                      Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us in word and pictures. Your pictures are just beautiful and I also loved the scenery and the area you were traveling in.

                      I just love steam trains and trains in general. Some years ago now in taking a trip up the California coast we stayed the night in Ft. Bragg and the next morning took the Skunk Train round trip into the Redwoods and then back to Ft. Bragg. I have also taken steam trains in Colorado and in Alaska.
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                        My dad was just up there for his honeymoon. What a beautiful area you live in Barbossa!
                        Thanks for sharing.
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                          Kind of an off topic question for you, Barbossa. We vacation in Westbank every year, and have been looking at going on the great train robbery dinner show/ride. Have you ever been? Is it recommended? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
                          On topic; great pictures! looked fun!

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                            Originally posted by samsma View Post
                            Kind of an off topic question for you, Barbossa. We vacation in Westbank every year, and have been looking at going on the great train robbery dinner show/ride. Have you ever been? Is it recommended? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
                            On topic; great pictures! looked fun!
                            Hey Samsma,

                            It's funny, I'm a member of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society, and I've never been on the Great Train Robbery run. But I have heard it is a cool show and the Garnett Valley gang does a great job. As well, our group there puts on a good barbeque after. Here's the Kettle Valley Steam Railway's website:
                            http://www.kettlevalleyrail.org/

                            If you are interested, PM me with your mailing address and I can send you the Kettle Valley Steam Railway's 2007 season pamphlet. The only problem is I can't send it out until two weeks from now as I'm heading out on a trip south (Disneyland, where else?) in about two hours.

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                            • #15
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                              Awsome report. is there any pics of the cars inside? loved seeing all the folks gather round to see the train

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