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Churchill in January, a New Definition for Cold
The 509 miles journey from Winnipeg to Churchill involved
two nights and a day of travel in January 1976. Train 93 got into
Churchill at 0900 and headed south at 1900 as 92. Our train also served
Thompson both ways. The whole journey from Portage la Prairie to Churchill
was in a blizzard, so I didn't detrain anywhere. It was nice travelling
in a sleeper. I don't remember what the dining arrangement was, probably
a cafe-lounge. Also ready to leave after our train tied down for the
day was the Churchill-Waboden mixed train.
I braved the blizzard at Churchill to photograph a
flanger and some ancient outfit cars in the yard. I then wandered
down to the port, where a pair of NHB Plymouth locomotives were gradually
being buried in snow. Churchill had a little nest of Manitoba Hydro
mobile power units, built by GMD and in factory paint, happily roaring
away at throttle 8 (EMD 567 prime movers).
9150 with the Winnipeg train at servicing facility. Waboden Mixed on next track in Churchill.
9150 with train at servicing facility in Churchill.
View of both trains from the other end at the station. Looks like the passenger train pulled up after passengers got off and the trainman forgot the stepbox! An ancient combine is all the passenger accommodation on the mixed train.
56385 ancient wooden flanger.
Can't imagine it being warm inside these ancient wooden cars left in the wide open. That fuel drum couldn't hold enough oil.
Manitoba Hydro power plant made up of these GMD built 1000 KW mobile units that apparently never moved!
National Harbours Board Churchill JLB-2 Plymouths 1 & 2 (3488,
3489 6/1930) sitting out the long winter not even protected inside
a building. Built new for Department of Railways and Canals (later,
NHB, then, Ports Canada, now OmniTRAX's Hudson Bay Port) these dinky
engines had just been re-engined in 1975 with Ford engines.
Our southbound train made the short westbound diversion to Thompson MB, a mining community.
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