Saturday, October 18, 2014

O-E Turns Seven!

Hard to believe this Blog has carried on for seven years:

►  711 articles posted.
►  386,541 visitors.
►  973,091 individual page views

I appreciate the cadre of readers, many of whom have been with me from "day one."

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!

8 Comments - Click here:

Steve Boyko said...

Happy anniversary and many happy returns!

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thanks, Steve! I've been enjoying your Blog as well ... said...

Thanks, Robert for these years of giving us amazing, well researched stories about topics we love.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thank you for your kind comments. Glad to have you on board! said...

Happy Anniversary- Tremendous amount of work, research, time and energy involved in this blog. It shows in the intelligent, humorous, and well thought out presentation of each and every detail. The expressions of joy and detail represent an endeavor well achieved. Thank you! Loved the story of the Russian rescue and the wonderful photos by Scott in PR.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thank you for your kind words. I've had a great learning experience writing this Blog.

Eric said...

Keep up the excellent work, and congratulations on your milestone, Robert!

Chris BIGDoer Doering said...

Wow, over 700 posts. Good work! I spend a lot of time reading articles on your blog. I like that you tackle a variety of interesting subjects, not just railway related, which I of course love, but others as well.

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