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Looking back at this extra train 574 (Fort St John to Chetwynd) as we descend the mountain grade of north Taylor hill in a typical March blizzard. The fact that 35 loads and 9 empties have maxed out the tonnage our three Dash8s can handle up the other side of the river valley is indicative of the grades that will soon be encountered. Although the sun is visible in the sky, there is no colour or life to be seen. Enjoy the warm weather while you can, because this is what awaits.
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Caption: Looking back at this extra train 574 (Fort St John to Chetwynd) as we descend the mountain grade of north Taylor hill in a typical March blizzard. The fact that 35 loads and 9 empties have maxed out the tonnage our three Dash8s can handle up the other side of the river valley is indicative of the grades that will soon be encountered. Although the sun is visible in the sky, there is no colour or life to be seen. Enjoy the warm weather while you can, because this is what awaits.

Photographer:
Matt Watson [619] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/20/2011 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2406 (search)
Train Symbol: CN# X574 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Fort St John Sub (search)
City/Town: Taylor (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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4 Comments
  1. I enjoy the seasons. I think it would be boring not to have them (ie: Florida).

  2. No seasonal allergies in winter!

  3. Is this shot just on the north end fill 0f the Peace River bridge?? I’ll tell you it was a real thrill , 1973-1974, to launch out of Taylor with max tonnage for a RS18 and two RS3′s, wheeling down to the bridge when the wooden trestle was still there. Occasionally if a RS3 was leading south we would have to set retainers.

  4. hoggerdoug- This is indeed the north end of the bridge, mile 715 on the dot. I can imagine it was nice in sketchy in those days as well. Although there may have been a time or two in recent years when a unit would die on the northbound and the whole train would wind up rolling backwards, in emergency, on a proceed clearance, right down to the bridge.

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