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The photo was taken in the cab of Canadian National Railways GP-9 4411, second engine of a rare double headed excursion train originating in Prince Rupert to see the Queen visiting Terrace.
Extra cars had been sent for the occasion.
The CNR ran long nose ahead. But this unit is riding backward behind the lead engine CNR 4223.
And because the CNR was still running five-man crews, I am sitting at the fireman's position with the second position - empty seat - for the head end brakeman.
That studious young man, age 16, is obviously a budding ferroequinologist. Camera hanging from my neck and note pad in my pocket. Note the Sekonic Light Meter, which slipped into the camera accessory shoe.
My buddy Mike took this shot, as we were propelling along the Skeena River, returning to Prince Rupert. On July 18, 1959 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillips visited Terrace for 40 minutes refueling stop, en-route to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Watch for full story with photos coming to this space soon!