Vancouver to Kamloops, Canada - 2006

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Some of the points I saw, had these extra high guides around the frogs.
We are now out of the railway yards and off on our way.

Lots of timber on the Fraser river. They still do floats of logs and corral them in the river until needed by the sawmill.

The Fraser River Swing Bridge was built for rail traffic (the lower bridge in the photo) in 1904 by the Great Northern Railway. It is also a swing bridge in the middle.

The Patullo Bridge, which is a road bridge, was built in 1937.

We saw lots of logs in the rivers during our trip. Timber is obviously one of the mojor exports of this province (British Columbia).
Saw mills abound along the railway and rivers. Some are small, others large. Some had large rail sidings as well.

About 15 minutes after that saw mill, we came through a large railway yard. Nothing like looking at a varied selection of rolling stock and locos (scenery wasn't too bad either, actually).

The railway yard was situated near and under the Port Mann Bridge (road bridge opened in 1964), which is just outside of Vancouver.
The Port Mann Bridge is a steel tied arch bridge that spans the Fraser River connecting Coquitlam to Surrey in British Columbia near Vancouver. The bridge consists of three spans with an orthotropic deck carrying five lanes of Trans-Canada Highway traffic, with approach spans of three steel plate girders and concrete deck. The total length of the Port Mann is 2093 m (6867 ft.), including approach spans. The main span is: 366 m (1200 ft.) plus the two 110 m (360 ft.) spans on either side.
The yard is Canadian National's Thornton Yard. It has been a yard for over 100 years now.
Empty container wagons. Containers - I saw so many container trains coming over the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you could fill a large photo album without thinking!
Some re-sleepering and ballasting being done about 4 hours out of Thornton Yard. We were really starting to get a good clip up once we left that yard and started to get into the valley.

Finally, we were now 3 hours and 10 minutes from when the train started up at Vancouver and now getting into some really scenic countryside.

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