Line Creek Ships Coal – The Free Press Turns 115 Years Old

Line Creek Ships Coal - The Free Press Turns 115 Years Old

  • Jan. 1, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Feb. 19 1982

Free Press Files

At noon on Wednesday, a spanking new 108 unit coal train branched of CP Rail’s haulage line and pulled up under the spanking new Crow’s Nest Resources loading facility.

Neither the unit train, nor the load-out would ever be the same.

It was an historic, and also thoughtful moment as the train inched its way along the long siding. The Procor-leased coal cars were shining new, with the CNR’s (Not Canadian National Railways) crest painted in green against a black background, and the inside of the 100-ton capacity cas were ad white and clean as a surgical theatre.

That, you can be assured of, didn’t last long.

From the control room beside the load-out sprout, operators pushed buttons, which had never been pushed in earnest before, watched dials and “things” on a video machine and tried to keep their curious fellow workers away from the windows and back from the electronic gadgets.

Shortly after 1 p.m. the middle of the train robot cars, passed under the spout at a speed slower than the Dead March in Saul and the lead engine of the long train inched its way across the access road to the load-out, forcing those inside the “corral” to take the old road, long used by sportsmen to reach such spots as Cigarette Flats up Line Creek.

“Everything is going good,” said one of the load out operators. “It’s working like a charm.”

The thermal coal being loaded was destined for the Ssangyong Corporation in South Korea, which is the parent company to one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers.

But before heading down to tidewater at Roberts Bank to begin its long trans-Pacific voyage, certain ceremonial observances had to be handled with all the decorum a coal train could put to such an occasion as a “first”

For more great stories that ran in The Free Press in the past 115 years http://issuu.com/thefreepress/docs/115_the_free_press/1

Just Posted

Teck responds to Senators’ letter to John Horgan

Teck Resources has responded to a story regarding eight U.S. senators who… Continue reading

Pat Gilmar named RDEK Area A volunteer of the year

Keep moving – words that Pat Gilmar lives by. Fernie is known… Continue reading

Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

Chefs dominate the wild “Untamed Kootenays”

Sixty lucky guests were treated to a special night of culinary excellence… Continue reading

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over pollution from Elk Valley mines

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Elk Valley Bulls RFC reclaim Kootenay Cup

Elk Valley beats Cranbrook 7-5 to win Kootenay Cup; team off to provincials in September

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Pair of B.C. cities crack Ashley Madison’s ‘Infidelity Hotlist’

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford and Kelowna hottest spots for cheaters

Cranbrook RCMP seek help finding missing man

Jeffrey Edward Burns was last seen on the evening of Sunday, June 16.

Life’s work of talented B.C. sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

Most Read