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I all ways enjoyed staying over night in Quesnel BC. It had this nice motel located almost across the street from BCR station. There was lots of activity in the yard so I took many photographs during the late afternoon, early evening period. This photograph shows BCR 710 & 717 working together as they travel north. Look closely and you can see how they were painted differently. For example one has an Expo 86 on the fuel tank and the other does not. At the time of their repainting the railway was owned by the BC government who's motto was if it moved paint it red, white, & blue. Locomotives, buses, golf carts, etc, you name it! Made for some interesting though! You never knew what you were going to see.
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Caption: I all ways enjoyed staying over night in Quesnel BC. It had this nice motel located almost across the street from BCR station. There was lots of activity in the yard so I took many photographs during the late afternoon, early evening period. This photograph shows BCR 710 & 717 working together as they travel north. Look closely and you can see how they were painted differently. For example one has an Expo 86 on the fuel tank and the other does not. At the time of their repainting the railway was owned by the BC government who's motto was if it moved paint it red, white, & blue. Locomotives, buses, golf carts, etc, you name it! Made for some interesting though! You never knew what you were going to see.

Photographer:
J W Booth [100] (more) (contact)
Date: 04-30-1988 (search)
Railway: BC Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: BCR 717 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Quesnel (search)
City/Town: Quesnel (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Actually the train is southbound, working the south end of Quesnel yard, perhaps #34 the CV or PW symbol. Without being able to get a better or larger image of the Engineer, it sure might have been me running that day. Thanks for the memory of Quesnel and BC Rail.

  2. Thanks you hoggerdoug for your comment. You are correct, the train is southbound. The way the tracks twist when running through town can be a little confusing, especially to a stranger. When taking photographs there I never talked to any of employees working the yard. They knew I was there but I stayed well back at a safe distance. I have a few employees in my pictures, but not many.

  3. Yes, at Quesnel the highway along the tracks at the station were north & south, except through Quesnel the highway did a bit of a 180 turn. A train was going north, but traffic on the highway was going south. Years ago we gave some shady character a ride north in our caboose from Williams Lake. At Quesnel he decided the train was too slow getting to Prince George and he got off at Quesnel intending to hitch hike to Prince George. The last we saw of him outside the station at Quesenl, hitch hiking on the wrong side of the road. Even though the train was heading north and the highway traffic appeared to be going his direction, he was actually hitching for a ride south, opposite from what he wanted.

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