1. Gap is the gateway into the Rockies along the Bow Valley. I have never come through there without the wind blasting.

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  2. They went into receivership; many of their customers were left with loads ready to go. A lot of empty cars were/are in storage on sidings - easy way to make money.
    It was all about money: get as much as possible and spend as little as possible on upkeep. 10mph has been the speed limit for many years!
    When we first moved here in 1999 there was also a tourist train running in the Valley - the Wine Train. From Kelowna to Vernon or Armstrong. Didn't pan out either.
    The Kamloops Heritage Railway Society used to run their steamer from Kamloops to Armstrong, that stopped when KPR blamed KHRS for the track conditions. The flip-side of that coin was KHRS feared that sooner or later they would have their steamer off the rail and/or the wear on account of the track would get too much.
    Okanagan Valley Railway (Omnitrax) packed up when their largest customer - Owens Illinois - closed the plant and moved it to the USA.

    It's all about money, cheaper labour elsewhere etc. etc.

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  3. Is it possible to have a 12'000ft Intermodal split-up - part of it in the Yard, the other part on the Main - effectively tying up traffic while the mucky-mucks take two hours to decide if one more car could be added to the train? Apparently it is possible.
    That VIA #2 The Canadian is delayed by ninety minutes, with a large group of passengers patiently waiting on the platform is, by all appearances, of little interest.
    FREIGHT COMES FIRST! Only in Canada, you say????

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  4. After the HighRailer went out on the "heat-shift" inspection the Sperry Rail Service truck headed over to the Albreda track - Westend of the double crossover.
    Checked the geometry on both and then it was time to go somewhere else. Interesting to see how many sets of wheels are involved.
    Too bad I didn't get to talk to them, finding out what the different sets establish would have been neat. No, I didn't flag them down, trains were to roll after they were done.

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  5. To paraphrase, one may get the Swiss out of Switzerland, but one never gets the Swiss out of the Swiss. Or as I have said for most of my life, there must be a different and/or better way.
    So called "new rules" will only result in a different approach, at least that's how I see it.
    "The man" (name and position unknown, but he could be the Road Master) telling me about the rules - trying to sell his new rules as the old, well established rules - looked like a real hinderance at first. When looked at more closely the results will be better and have more variety. Besides, I won't have to watch out for the many BIG potholes on CN property.
    BTW I handed "The Man" one of my calling cards and recommended he have a look and then decide if his rules are the same as the old rules.

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