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On Vancouver Island, CP’s E&N division operated a branch westward from Parksville to Port Alberni, with numerous wood trestle bridges due to the mountainside terrain.  Two large ones were just east of Stokes, 14 rail miles east of Port Alberni, and maintenance expenses and fire risks prompted bypasses on curved and culverted fills in 1971.  Here at mileage 24.4 immediately east of Stokes siding, Baldwins 8012 and 8001 ease a westward train across the bridge over Four Mile Creek, with the new grade and track approaching readiness for connection and service.

Only a few photos of 8012 are in my collection, as befitting its thirteenth status in the fleet it was the first to expire, due to an electrical fire on 1973-02-19 on the severe upgrade a few miles east and on a similar westward run as in the photo.
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Caption: On Vancouver Island, CP’s E&N division operated a branch westward from Parksville to Port Alberni, with numerous wood trestle bridges due to the mountainside terrain. Two large ones were just east of Stokes, 14 rail miles east of Port Alberni, and maintenance expenses and fire risks prompted bypasses on curved and culverted fills in 1971. Here at mileage 24.4 immediately east of Stokes siding, Baldwins 8012 and 8001 ease a westward train across the bridge over Four Mile Creek, with the new grade and track approaching readiness for connection and service.

Only a few photos of 8012 are in my collection, as befitting its thirteenth status in the fleet it was the first to expire, due to an electrical fire on 1973-02-19 on the severe upgrade a few miles east and on a similar westward run as in the photo.

Photographer:
Ken Perry [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 1971-11-21 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8012 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra West (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Port Alberni sub. (24.4) (search)
City/Town: Stokes (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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