CN Rail payloads - 152 cars per train
2003 - 62 crossings of Burrard Inlet via Thornton Tunnel per week
- 9 crossings per day
2011 - 84 crossings of Burrard Inlet via Thornton Tunnel per week
- 12 crossings per day
2015 - How many per week N/A
- How many per day obviously N/A
2021 - 95 crossings of Burrard Inlet via Thornton Tunnel per week
- 14 crossings per day
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|Weekly Train Movements 2011 - 2021|
..... there's a different need for a Ten Foot high spiked top guard rail that is NOT there to stop cyclist and pedestrians jumping from the bridge deck? What if .... Kinder Morgan oil tanker owners need to be reassured that objects can NOT be dropped onto their craft from above.
Why then are we paying for security that is Kinder Morgan's responsibility? NEB?
Over to you Translink!
Port Metro Vancouver Security video:
Shows vessels escorting a hypothetical 'Aframax' Tankers during DAYLIGHT hours, only???. Actually the oil tanker in the video is NOT an 'Maximize-Me' Aframax tanker at all.
The vessel in the video is the Gulf Jumeirah, rated as an MR, NOT Aframax.
Gulf Jumeirah Gulf Vision Differences (Hint: the Aframax is larger)
SDWT 46,488 MT 114,700 MT 68,212
On Draft 12.216 M 15 M 3
TPC 52.26 MT 99.2 MT 47
LOA 183.22 M 249 M 66
Beam 32.2 M 43.8 M 12
Depth 18.8 M 21 M 2
KTM 48.8 M 48.4 M 0
BCM 89.8 M 113.8 M 24
GRT 29,508 63,500 33,992
NRT 11,943 19,050 7,107
SCNT 26,605 55,930 29,325
PCNT 24,498 N/A ?
|Great Exercise in PMV flotilla management but the departing Gulf Jumeirah is EMPTY|
|Gulf Jumeirah Stats|
Will the Rail bridge span at the Second Narrows be more up than down during daylight hours for the silent running Aframax and its escort vessels OR will the bridge lift span be down at night for the long trains to whistle on through, disturbing the sleep of all those living in the immediate surrounding area?
In 2013 CNR made the bold announcement that they were removing 'Man' from their Second Narrows Railway Bridge Control Office to operate it remotely from New Westminster....
We took a walk on the wild South side of Burrard Inlet last Fall to escape from the North Shore's heavy industries lining the waterfront east of the Second Narrows. We chose to use the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) from Vancouver's New Brighton Park/Pool on McGill. We meandered through streets of warehouses, a parking lot and eventually made it under the Second Narrows Bridge with seagulls fast tracking down their next meal.
There was a fork in the trail, one leading up and over the CNR Thornton Tunnel and the other down to the Bridge (to the Left) / Tunnel (to the Right). There are CNR signs that the TCT is on a Right-of-Way, No Cars Permitted and that the area IS patrolled by the CN Rail Police force. T/F
CN Rail security system protecting the service area where Tunnel meets Bridge consists of four motion sensors and a loud hailer.
A 152 hopper car train rolling by negates the well intended purpose of a loud hailer.
In a country that is multicultural where there are two official languages (two instructions on flight safety in and out of Canada are REQUIRED) where English is no longer the dominant language in Metro Vancouver, CNR uses ENGLISH to communicate.
There's no barrier that comes down blocking pedestrian access, nor is there a chain link fence encapsulating the area. Security is based on a large dose of Trust!
From the TCT above the Thornton Tunnel there's a clear view of the bridge filmed by enthusiasts of all things related to the movement of rail traffic.
|Looking North out of Thornton Tunnel|
|Hopper Cars heading into/out of Thornton Tunnel|
Translink Seabus service Times 2, crisscrossing North and South every fifteen minutes from Lonsdale Quay and Waterfront Station.
Through the midst of the anchored ships (not including barges, commercial vessels, sea plane, pleasure craft) in Burrard Inlet, the Aframax's Red Line runs through as if it were entering a Kinder Morgan Tank Farm on Burnaby Mountain. Right?
|8 anchorages Burrard Inlet|
If you happen to be wondering what the name of those anchored vessels are......
|Port Metro Vancouver Anchored Vessels|
Let's not forget about incoming and outgoing normal shipping traffic.
|Note to A.R: There is no fence protecting the public from danger, just walk on down|
|Second Narrows Lift Span|