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With just two miles to go to reach tidewater at Beaver Cove, a northward train of logs on Canadian Forest Products’ Englewood Logging Division on Vancouver Island is being led downgrade by dynamic brake equipped EMD SW1200 number 4804 across the Elk River timber trestle on Wednesday 1977-04-27.

CFP 4804 (later 304, then in 2006 to Western Forest Products 304) was originally Coos Bay Lumber 1203, then Georgia Pacific 1203, before coming to Canada to join three similar GMD-built units on CFP.  One difference was 4804 had switcher trucks when it arrived and as shown in the photo, but it eventually was converted to Flexicoil trucks like the other three.  After the railway shutdown in 2017, Western Forest Products 301, 302 and 304 were scrapped in 2023, but 303 survives on display at logging headquarters in Woss (https://maps.app.goo.gl/SGRDthxY7EFeCayr7?g_st=im), thirty-seven miles up the Nimpkish Valley from tidewater.
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Caption: With just two miles to go to reach tidewater at Beaver Cove, a northward train of logs on Canadian Forest Products’ Englewood Logging Division on Vancouver Island is being led downgrade by dynamic brake equipped EMD SW1200 number 4804 across the Elk River timber trestle on Wednesday 1977-04-27.

CFP 4804 (later 304, then in 2006 to Western Forest Products 304) was originally Coos Bay Lumber 1203, then Georgia Pacific 1203, before coming to Canada to join three similar GMD-built units on CFP. One difference was 4804 had switcher trucks when it arrived and as shown in the photo, but it eventually was converted to Flexicoil trucks like the other three. After the railway shutdown in 2017, Western Forest Products 301, 302 and 304 were scrapped in 2023, but 303 survives on display at logging headquarters in Woss (https://maps.app.goo.gl/SGRDthxY7EFeCayr7?g_st=im), thirty-seven miles up the Nimpkish Valley from tidewater.

Photographer:
Ken Perry [154] (more) (contact)
Date: 1977-04-27 (search)
Railway: Canadian Forest Products (search)
Reporting Marks: CFP 4804 (search)
Train Symbol: Logs North (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Nimpkish sub. (2.0) (search)
City/Town: Beaver Cove (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Another “bulls-eye” Ken. Hope you weren’t way up a tree!!! What a gorgeous shot.

  2. Thanks, Arnold. No tree climbing needed for that one, just a vehicle good for old logging road access.

  3. Awesome shot.

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