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Hi Folks.

We  drove up to Lytton, BC  about 26 Miles north at Mile 99.9 on the CP Thompson Sub. And got shots of the CN caboose on display across the street from the Visitor Info Centre. They’ve done a nice job of keeping the van (CN 78939) in good shape!   

After that we headed home on Highway 1 that takes us past Mark Forseille’s favourite BC Rail Caboose 1865 sitting off the highway just west of Yale. It’s right at the Hope River RV Park/Esso Station so I suppose they bought it to attract attention. I don’t know for sure. I estimate this to be at Mile 30.5 on the CP Cascade Sub which is right across the street.  

Finally, I threw in the couple of pictures I took of the old CN Hope Station. It sits near the junction of the Old Hope Princeton Highway and Highway #1 at the south end of town. It’s in good shape, but it’s not used for any type of heritage/touristy type of activity from what I can tell. It’s not in its original location though, as it currently sits up the hill about 200 yards from the tracks.  Photo Dates: 2012-02-15

Check the Map for the location of these shots;

Lytton Visitor Info Centre & CN Caboose 78939

CP Cascade Sub, Mile 30.5, Emory Creek

CN Yale Sub, Mile 40.2, Old Hope Station


Andy Cassidy

Coquitlam, BC


Hi Will,

I thought that you might like these pictures of ex CN 9165 that was painted as WP 804A. As you can see it is no longer at Disneyland but at Portola CA. I took the pictures in Aug. 13, 2011 9 months after taking pics of her in Disneyland Nov 18, 2010. It was donated to Portola by Disney. Not sure what they plan to do with here but it should be interesting.

Dave Stark


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William Baird

CRO makes every attempt to quality check our issues before we post, however this error got through and we apologize to Barry Oldham and the Train Cellar for this mistake on our part. 

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How railways in New Zealand handle snow!  From my friend Ron Ellison.


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How railways in New Zealamd handle snow!  From my friend Ron Ellison.

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