Saturday, 6 June 2015

Day 23 - Exploring Coquitlam

Today is our last full day in Canada - last sleep.

The first stop was Walmart for a spot of shopping.

I soon figured out that the only way to see moving trains in this city was to head west again, so I headed for the station at Pitt Meadows which would put us on the eastern end of the CP yard. All was going well until we got to the city centre and all the streets were blocked off for a parade celebrating Pitt Meadows Day - good grief. Getting out of the place was a nightmare. There was no way I could get anywhere near the station - everything was blocked off.

Next stop was Maple Meadows - a CP freight eventually turned up but it was right beside the platform going a zillion miles an hour. I wasn't prepared for the sudden high speed track change and when I realised what was going on, I had to abandon the camera for my own safety's sake. The camera almost got blown over but was rescued just in time.

Lunch time - Tim Horton's dangerous little place again.

Going way too fast for this camera.

I decided to go to the Port Haney Station at Maple Ridge where there were fewer people and traffic and the angles were better. We spent quite a few hours there and scored about 6 trains I think...all doing a gazillion miles an hour.

Tail end charlie at Port Haney. The number boards are used by the passenger operator to show the engineer where to stop, depending on how many coaches he's hauling.

The view across the always dirty Fraser River - in the distance is the 3286m peak of Mount Baker in Washington state. It looked a lot better at the time.
When I first saw it I thought it was just another one of those bi-lingual signs...but no.

The return trip home had us come across a prang on the freeway which was snarling up traffic - lots of flashing lights and people waving their arms and car parts all over the place,

Dinner again at Joey Coquitlam - excellent food. It's a good 10 minute walk from the hotel so no guilt in having a good feed.

We shall assume that this will be my last blog for this trip. We're all pretty tired, aching, a bit sunburned and have digestive systems that have taken a hammering. A pretty good trip - not as many trains as we would have liked but the. scenery more than made up for it.

It's currently Saturday, we depart on Sunday night and arrive in New Zealand on Tuesday. We won't see Monday at all.

All the best and I hope you've enjoyed my little stories.

Erin. Johnson


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