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Re: Mike McGrattan Memorial Train - Photo Thread
« Reply #180 on: May 17, 2017, 04:59:53 PM »
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In a scene reminiscent of a British Columbia Government Travel Bureau photograph from 1947, the M3T crosses the 472 foot sidehill bridge at Mile 18 of the Squamish Subdivision deep in the Cheakamus Canyon.  The photo is taken on a diorama that was built 40 years ago and ends just beyond the far (North) abutment of the bridge.


17:22 PDT 2017-05-17  This photo replaces the original one.

In another view of the same bridge, our intrepid photographer has hiked in from Garibaldi, some 4 1/2 miles North, and rappelled about 1000 feet down the sheer West wall of the canyon for a full side view:


19:08 PDT 2017-05-17 This image replaces the original one.

The train will now make its way to Squamish, 18 miles further South, where it will be loaded onto one of the PGE's car barges for a 40 mile ocean voyage to Vancouver where it will miraculously come back to the present day time period.

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Re: Mike McGrattan Memorial Train - Photo Thread
« Reply #181 on: May 19, 2017, 07:30:39 PM »
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The late afternoon sun catches the tops of the waves as the M3T completes its journey on the Pacific Great Eastern via a 40 mile sea voyage aboard the railway’s barge “P.G.E. No.2" from Squamish to Vancouver where it will be transfered to the CPR for interchange with, and the continuation of its journey on, Tehachapi BC. 



After loading the train onto the barge, the train crew realized that they had loaded the Official Car “Michael McGrattan” with the open platform facing the direction of travel.  As the tide was starting to turn,  they opted to tarp the platform rather than unload the car, run the 3 ½ miles to North Yard to wye it and return to the slip.  Unbeknownst to them, however, when the rest of the crew and dignitaries had transferred to Union Steamships’ “Lady Cynthia” for the trip to Vancouver, our mystery conductor and a sidekick had stowed away aboard the Official Car and, once underway, decided they would like to experience the brisk sea breeze and removed the tarp!!

The documentation of this portion of the M3T’s journey was made possible by a trip to visit a neighbouring modeller, David Morgan, who is a dedicated RailWire lurker and a member of our “PGE-BCR Modellers” group and who happens to have scratch-built an N-scale model of the barge!  Many thanks, David.

It has been a privilege and an honour to be part of the itinerary for the Michael McGrattan Memorial Train and to attempt, in my own small way, to continue the practice of Mike and many others on the forum of creating a story line to go with the posted photographs.  Mike will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Cheers,