Thursday, 21 November 2019
Throwback Thursday - Crew Change at Kelly Lake
With North Vancouver considered as mile 0, the passing siding at Kelly Lake is situated at mile 192.2. A stub-ended back track also runs off the passing track, meaning that it is possible for three trains to meet at this location.
On August 12, 2002, I was on site as BCOL 4611 South rolled to a stop on the mainline near the south siding switch. The crew had run out of time, and a replacement crew would soon arrive aboard the southbound Cariboo Prospector, British Columbia Railway's Prince George - North Vancouver passenger train. With Budd car BC-30 in the lead, the passenger train approached my position by the siding switch. The new freight crew detrained and then the equipment reversed into the back track. Apparently we were going to see at least one more train before this meet was over.
As a matter of fact, two northbound trains put in an appearance before the Cariboo could continue on towards Lillooet, its next stop. Freight train BCOL 4620 North was followed by 1700 North, the Whistler Northwind tourist train. The Budd cars then exited the back track, and the original freight crew climbed aboard. Since Kelly Lake was a flag stop, I was able to get on with them. My friend was willing to pick me up at Lillooet (MP 157.6), so this was too good an opportunity to pass up.