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In the 50+ years since this scene, so much has changed.  The British Columbia Harbours Board Railway was only a few years since built (first CP coal train 1970-04-30), with only a single track along the causeway to the Westshore Terminals dumper loop at Roberts Bank, and MLW M-630 units like 4554 and 4570 (and unseen remotes) still reigned on the unit coal trains (an astonishing 88 cars long) from southeastern BC.  Now there is a significant yard on the left side of the photo, and a large intermodal terminal on the right behind the photographer, and the MLWs are long history.

Forty years (almost to the day!) later, this was where the last workday of my CP career occurred, as a roll-by inspection of a departing much longer coal empties with GE power.
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Caption: In the 50+ years since this scene, so much has changed. The British Columbia Harbours Board Railway was only a few years since built (first CP coal train 1970-04-30), with only a single track along the causeway to the Westshore Terminals dumper loop at Roberts Bank, and MLW M-630 units like 4554 and 4570 (and unseen remotes) still reigned on the unit coal trains (an astonishing 88 cars long) from southeastern BC. Now there is a significant yard on the left side of the photo, and a large intermodal terminal on the right behind the photographer, and the MLWs are long history.

Forty years (almost to the day!) later, this was where the last workday of my CP career occurred, as a roll-by inspection of a departing much longer coal empties with GE power.

Photographer:
Ken Perry [166] (more) (contact)
Date: 1973-08-12 (search)
Railway: British Columbia Harbours Board Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4554 (search)
Train Symbol: CP coal loads (search)
Subdivision/SNS: BCHB Port sub. (23.3) (search)
City/Town: Roberts Bank, Delta (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Now that is a mighty interesting glimpse of history!!! Good stuff !!!

  2. The actual railway is not Canadian Pacific, rather British Columbia Harbours Board Railway.

    And “BCHB Port Coquitlam sub.” should be just “BCHB Port sub.”

  3. Added the new railway! Keep them coming folks – anytime a new railway is needed let us know to add it. It’s not every day we get to add one.

    This is a great photo, amazing they will be spending billions to expand this even more soon…

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