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Heading into the south end of the tunnel at mile 597.9 of the former BC Rail Chetwynd Sub located between Azouzetta and Garbitt. This 473 relief was one of the strangest calls I ever got while on the Fort St John engr spareboard. Trains in this territory are normally operated by Prince George crews, with Chetwynd crews filling in when no PG guys are available. But with no one available at either terminal, Fort St John board is the next one down the line.
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Caption: Heading into the south end of the tunnel at mile 597.9 of the former BC Rail Chetwynd Sub located between Azouzetta and Garbitt. This 473 relief was one of the strangest calls I ever got while on the Fort St John engr spareboard. Trains in this territory are normally operated by Prince George crews, with Chetwynd crews filling in when no PG guys are available. But with no one available at either terminal, Fort St John board is the next one down the line.

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Matt Watson [286] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/23/2012 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2249 (search)
Train Symbol: CN# 473 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 597.9 Chetwynd Sub (search)
City/Town: Azouzetta (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Very interesting Doug, thanks! I vaguely recall a little shack next to the ROW on the north side of the tunnel, perhaps the old watchman’s shack?

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  3. Ah yes, in the Pine Pass, great place in the winter. Been through there many times. Years ago there was a watchman at the tunnel and doors to close the portals account ice problems inside the bore hole.
    Another bit of trivia, in older employee time tables, mileage for the tunnel was mile 598.5. The railway did a re-survey of the whole system and some mileages were adjusted such as the tunnel pictured here, now mile 597.9

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