Monday, July 30, 2012

Canadian railroad era over?

sign for BNSF  RR Police. 

Right: BNSF engine hauls freight past White Rock Pier

Passing along White Rock beach, it's rare now to see these railcar markings: CPR, CN or VIA. The warning sign suggests the tracks are now controlled by Burlington Northen Santa Fe, whose cars, including this engine, we see passing along White Rock beach while walking or drinking coffee at Whitby's on Marine Drive.

Last time I watched a train go by, there was one lonely Canadian wheat tanker. It seems so recent that those formed the whole train.

Canada no longer has a cross country passenger train, but the Amtrak passenger goes by here in the early evening, heading for Seattle. The sound of its warning whistle evokes an ancient nostalgia.

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