Posts Tagged “Skeena”
On Friday, February 3, 2012, I was driving to Prince Rupert, BC, to cover the No to Tankers rally the next day for GlobalBC News and Canadian Press The drive (or train trip) along the lower Skeena is always magnificent, the mighty water has come through the mountains and now when the river widens.
The Skeena is known is as the “Misty River.” In the language of the Tshimshian First Nation, the river is the “K-shian,” the river of mists.
On that Friday,a high pressure system was driving off the gloomy winter overcast that had lingered since December, while along banks, the mists still clung to the river banks and hills, As the sun set, the light was magnificent, The problem especially with all the snow piled up along the edge of the highway there were few safe places to stop and shoot except the designated rest areas.
The reverse angle, away from the sun set, shows the mist hugging the mountains along the Skeena at Basalt Creek.
A steam locomotive hauls boxcars as night falls along the Skeena Valley Model Railroad.
Since I’ve come back to northwestern British Columbia, I’ve joined the Skeena Valley Model Railroad Association, which you will find in an old railway carriage near the Via Station and ice cream shop at the Terrace CN yards.
Here are a few of the photos I’ve taken over the past few Mondays when the club meets.
A VIA passenger train waits as a CN freight (with higher priority) passes on the mainline coming to the model version of Prince Rupert.
Monday July 12, one of the few sunny days this summer brought us lots of visitors, with Ian Illing (red t-shirt) and Rene Jenster (seated) using the digital command controls.
The CN loco, with its bright blue ditch lights marking the way.
A house on a hill.
A freight passes the Whistlestop Rest viewpoint, a memorial to members of the association who have passed on, as another freight waits at a siding.
A closer view of the Whistlestop Rest.