Ian and Bill Visit the West, Part 1

Long-time reader Ian Walker and his railfan partner Bill Hall visited the Prairie provinces early this summer, and sent along some photos. I’m sharing them here in a series with Ian’s captions. All of these photos were taken by Ian.

Header photo: A potash train led by CP 8505 passes the Brandt Company facility (and locomotive) outside Regina, SK, May 26.

Ian and Bill headed west first, then worked their way back east. The photos start in Saskatchewan then move into Alberta.

CP 8162 leading a potash train, approaching Swift Current, Saskatchewan, May 27
CP 8162 leading a potash train, approaching Swift Current, Saskatchewan, May 27
CP 8023 and 9761 with a K+S potash train, May 27
CP 8023 and 9761 with a K+S potash train, May 27

Medicine Hat

Switching in Medicine Hat, Alberta, May 27
Switching in Medicine Hat, Alberta, May 27

Ian and Bill spent some time in Medicine Hat, photographing the switching activity and static displays there.

Bill Hall staking out Medicine Hat yard
Bill Hall staking out Medicine Hat yard
CP 1418 and 1424 on static display in Medicine Hat
CP 1418 and 1424 on static display in Medicine Hat

The next day, Bill and Ian went to Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton

Northern Alberta Railways diesel 302
GMD-1 ex Northern Alberta Railways #302 at the Alberta Railway Museum. NAR 302 pulled the last passenger train from Edmonton to Dawson Creek on May 31, 1974.

They visited the Alberta Railway Museum, a museum I have yet to visit!

Water tank at the Alberta Railway Museum. This tank was from Gibbons, AB.
Water tank at the Alberta Railway Museum. This tank was from Gibbons, AB.
Ex CN 250-ton crane #50387
Ex CN 250-ton crane #50387

Back to live trains…

CN 5630 and 5707 leaving Edmonton, AB
CN 5630 and 5707 leaving Edmonton, AB
The VIA Rail "Canadian" in Edmonton, Alberta
The VIA Rail “Canadian” in Edmonton, Alberta
A trio of CN SD40 locomotives switching the Scotford Industrial Lead on the Vegreville subdivision.
A trio of CN SD40 locomotives switching the Scotford Industrial Lead on the Vegreville subdivision.

Read part 2!

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