Monday, January 26, 2015

Shaky: E&N Railway Bridge Footings

 Model Trains: Clubs Metro Vancouver


The Real Thing, but.......

Link UPDATE: 2017-08-27    URL to PDF file  579 Pages
Bridge inspection : Southern Railway of Vancouver Island, BC Canada. Phase 1, Inspection report : bridges from Mile 1.30 to Mile 65.10 and 2 bridges on the Wellcox Spur (28 bridges). --

A Report on Vancouver Island's Southern Railway of British Columbia rail infrastructures provides excellent how-to diy drawings for authentic HO Train bridges.  All they need is a copy of that Report or two, one should be enough to raise the concerns of the communities that lie in the path of the real  E&N Railway line.

Two years ago BNSF had their own problems:
Detailed new photos show state of aging BNSF Bridge in South Surrey as potential recipe for disaster.    -  Laila Yuile's No Strings Attached

E&N Assessment Reports    Four held in trust by MoT if you can find them
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Island Corridor Foundation have released a comprehensive assessment of the condition of the 48 bridges and trestles on the E&N rail corridor between Victoria and Courtenay, including two structures on the Wellcox spur between the main line and the Nanaimo harbour. The railway bridge structures range in date of construction between 1906 and 2010. The objectives of the study were to:
  • assess the load carrying capacity of the bridges
  • estimate potential rehabilitation/replacement costs required to the bridges to support rail operations to the end of year 2021, with further estimates of bridge rehabilitation/replacement costs to the years 2031 and 2041.

E & N Railway Bridge Inspections 2011
579 Pages

 Get your scale rulers out:
Page 344 Merged with 345
Page 578 and 408 of 579
Page 374 of 579
Page 373 of 579
Page 550 of 579

Friday, January 23, 2015

Penticton HNZ Topflight's Chief Flying instructor: "If you asked the bighorn sheep, how many generations have been listening to helicopters?"

There has to be something missing in the dialogue between the Vancouver Sun reporter Larry Pynn and the chief flying instructor Tim Simmons for HNZ Topflight: 
Simmons argued that the sheep in Snowy have become accustomed to the training flights over the years and are not stressed as sheep would be experiencing helicopters for the first time. “If you asked the bighorn sheep, how many generations have been listening to helicopters? Much like deer in Penticton, they’re completely used to what they see and hear in their environment.” 

A Conversation overheard between the CFI of HNZ and a bighorn sheep:

Just Asking:

"When did you first stop paying attention to HNZ helicopters?"  Baaaaaa!

"Aha!  Never!"

"How many Generations ago?"

Charles Darwin would probably be amazed that deer Bambi and sheep lambs have made an evolutionary leap frog bypassing youth and arrived fresh from the womb as Rams and Ewes.  How else to explain their having no knowledge of early life stresses involving helicopters.  Blocked it out from butting heads.

The lifespan of bighorn sheep in British Columbia is 14 years.

BC Conservation Status Report pegs their life span as  ........ 18 years, which is equivalent to 3 generations.

The easier way to look at how much helicopters have been pestering the Bighorn sheep is to count the number of years the machines have been in existence, especially by the BC Forest Service fighting fires.
72 years ago the helicopter arrive; 14 year life span of bighorn sheep means that there has been Five Generations listening to Helicopters.

In those same 72 years there has been one generation of humans listening to helicopters, second generation for 36 years, third generation for 7 years and if the chief flying instructor were to talk to us we would say that his aircraft does create stress within our communities, why else would YVR have a noise tracker monitors?  Why indeed would there be a Press release this very morning on excessive noise being monitored on either side of Burrard Inlet?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Enbridge Northern Gateway 'Discrete Geohazards' outnumber Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline ...but

.... but that doesn't mean Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain 'Discrete Geohazards' aka 'Anomaly' or 'Anomalies' pipelines are safer than Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Enbridge GeoHazard List is longer, much longer in detail than  Kinder Morgan.  Has KM skimped on the details and then claiming immunity .... for reasons of security?  Actually KM only provides the Ten Highest GeoHazards, their number may be much higher than Enbridge's 363 Geohazards.

American Society of Mechanincal Engineers  (ASME): 

Pipeline Integrity Analyses for Construction in Mountainous Areas

Exacerbated by complex routing and profile, pipelines constructed in mountainous areas are at risk to develop significant uplift in the soil at bend locations during hydrostatic testing and initial operating cycles. If such uplift displacement accumulates during subsequent operating cycles, a phenomenon known as ratcheting, the pipe may eventually fail by upheaval buckling.


Page 97











 363 Geohazards

Hoult Creek and Upper Kitimat Valley appear to be the most 'difficult' sections for Enbridge


Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain 

Page 24




Ferrebeekeeper blogger:Grapefruit: inhibits the activity of a human metabolizing enzyme CYP3A4

CPYP3A4???  I thought Grapefruit needed sugar to sweeten the taste buds.

ferrebeekeeper blogger explains all things nature has created, Man included

Monday's topic was Grapefruit, never the sweetest fruit treat to start the morning off.

I had forgotten the one liner that a London Drugs pharmacist told me to stay away from when taking my meds.  Grapefruit!   Wish I had that as an excuse as a youngster, but then I was independently healthy.

 The Forbidden Fruit….Grapefruit?

Grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits.  Incongruously I associate the sweet semi-tropical fruit with the most bitter part of winter.  When I was growing up (on a hill farm in central Appalachia), we had crates of the big yellow citruses during winter–an annual gift from some unknown relative.  ......


..... Grapefruits are healthy fruits filled with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and other possibly wholesome phytochemicals (to say nothing of fiber) however they also contain a chemical which inhibits the activity of a human metabolizing enzyme CYP3A4.  This not-very-euphonically named enzyme allows the liver and the intestine to break down drugs–so grapefruit are potentially dangerous to people taking certain prescription medicines.  According to pharmacologists, more than 40% of drugs can interact with grapefruit!  This sort of thing is why biochemistry is so interesting and challenging!  Maybe there is a rightful reason grapefruit should be called forbidden fruit…but until the doctor actively forbids it, I am going to go have some more…

Skeddadle along to ferrebeekeeper for everything you ever needed to know about Grapefruit and other topics like bees

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Professional photographer like Ansel Adams would have taken one Photo, not 394 and counting, BC Government's

There is a tendency with digital cameras to go overboard in attaining the best photo.  An exception to the rule is the person who didn't use a digital camera, not even a 35mm camera.

One roll of Negative (10), One Photo, One Day

 Ansel Adams 



Northern British Columbia has it's Wide Open Spaces too and Reports to be written

from notes while backpacking

we certainly wouldn't want to encourage this mode of transportation:

The Report:

 Peace Moberly Tract Draft Sustainable Resource Management Plan
Cameron Lake

 Sustainable Resource Plan 84 pages
Cover Photo without Credit given

Premier Christy Clark has shown the benefits of having slick click happy GCPE staff taking photo after photo after photo.   Keepsakes certainly, but there's always a tendency to blur the lines between Party and Government resources 50/50.    If the photos haven't been looked at for two years, or more, then it's time to turf them.  Surely the people in them have their own copies.


In a virtual world will not allow a link to a URL starting with 'ftp://ftp' and they certainly don't allow the jpg file name.  Access a Folder YES.

The only way to capture an image of how the BC Government was 'working' in 2005 is to use the good old fashion method of  Copy and Paste the URL link into a browser and then look for the file number/name in the Directory:



And if you're wondering if it's the same photo as above: YES



Infrared Abstract

YES and Same Directory


 Google Search Criteria: PMT SRMP Planning Table/PhotosOct25Trip/

Peace Moberly Tract  Field Trip(s)   (3)


How Many photos to get the Splash just Right?
YES  same Directory

Not Stream Keepers, eh
YES same Directory

Different Department


Time to Relax



Movie and Popcorn





 Cut and Paste URL (updated 2021-12-13) 

The Movie, good, eh


A helicopter instead of multiple ATVs would have protected the environment, but the purpose of the Report was to satisfy the needs of  BC Hydro Site C project and Oil and Gas companies drilling rigs, and of course the Caribou.  There was an article in the Vancouver Sun this morning on the need to kill 185 wolves because they have been hunting the Caribou which are in limited supply.


Peace Moberly Tract   Sensitive Areas
  adjacent to Site C 

 pmt11x17-sensitive.jpg Moberly_ Tract/Maps/jpegs/

Trumpter Swan Pairs with Broods, Warbler


Site C Potential Reservoir in Ten years


pmt11x17-tenures.jpg Moberly_ Tract/Maps/jpegs/

Tenures Water, Wind, Drilling, Logging, Commercial Recreation


Saturday, January 3, 2015

BC coastal waters protected by Double Hull tanker ships; CNR, CPR & BNSF rail tankers DOT-111 are 7/16" single hull!

 Isn't it about time to stop the rail carnage by outlawing DOT-111 rail car tankers used by CNR, CPR, and BNSF rail companies?

March 12, 2014:

Municipalities Want DOT-111 Rail Tank Cars Banned

Railroaded no exploding oil trains imageA coalition of Canadian and U.S. municipalities has demanded their federal governments ban the single-hulled DOT-111 tank cars that puncture easily and have been involved in a rash of derailments, spills, explosions and fires (Edmonton Journal). The coalition has also asked the 2 governments to force the oil and rail industries to create a multi-billion-dollar fund to pay for cleanups such as the one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec which has been estimated at $1.5 to $2 billion.

DOT-111 tank car?

West of Pemberton; North of Shipyard and Fibreco

A DOT-111 tank car, specification 111A100W1, constructed by fusion welding carbon steel. This car has a capacity of 30,110 US gallons (113,979 L; 25,071.8 imp gal), a test pressure of 100 psi (690 kPa), a tare weight of 65,000 pounds (29,500 kg) and a load limit of 198,000 pounds (89,800 kg).

In rail transport, the U.S. DOT-111 tank car, also known as the CTC-111A in Canada, is a type of unpressurized tank car in common use in North America. Tanks built to this specification must be circular in cross section, with elliptical, formed heads set convex outward. They have a minimum plate thickness of 7⁄16 inch (11.1 mm) and a maximum capacity of 34,500 US gallons (131,000 L; 28,700 imp gal). Tanks may be constructed from carbon steel, aluminum alloy, high alloy steel or nickel plate steel by fusion welding.

Up to 80% of the Canadian fleet and 69% of U.S. rail tank cars are DOT-111 type

Google Search Criteria: DOT 111A100W1


31809 Gallon Crude Oil Tank Car - American Railcar ...
DOT requirements for transporting light crude oils. – Thermowell. – Sample Line. – Magnetic Gauging ... DOT 111A100W1. Inside Diameter. 122-1/2". Tank Plate ...

Field Guide to Tank Cars - BNSF Hazmat
markings required on tank cars by DOT, TC, and. AAR. ... DOT, TC, and the AAR have established specifications ...... specification DOT-111A100W1 tank car.

West of Pemberton; North of Shipyard and Fibreco

UTLX Basic Designs and Descriptions
Basic Design, Shell Full Capacity, DOT Class, Car Type. 10-100-27, 27,200 gallons, 111A100W1, General Purpose Car. 10-100-30, 30,000 gallons ...

Kinder Morgan and Enbridge's pipelines are Single Hull too