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Two sets of yard trimmers shuffle cars around the east end of Selkirk yard on a bright cold morning.

Textures by lenabem-anna and Distressed Jewell, both on flickr.


She no longer shows her glory but she once hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, along with Manitoba’s Premier of the day, Ed Schreyer.

The Lord Selkirk II first sailed the Red River on June 7, 1969, carrying 130 passengers and 40 crew. Over a 17 year period many dignitaries and countless numbers of people enjoyed cruising the Red River and destinations throughout Lake Winnipeg. Over the years though business declined and the Lord Selkirk’s final voyage took place in 1990.

For the past 25 years the ship has remained at the end of a small channel of water off the Red River at Selkirk MB. The years of abandonment and a fire have destined the ship to salvage. Soon SaskSteel, a salvage company from Saskatchewan, will dismantle and remove the ship from its current resting place.

Selkirk Waterway Victoria BC. Out with Karlee lightpainting and making a pano to turn into a little planet. 8 exposures with my fisheye lens. This place has been my little world a few times when I decide to go out on foot.

Sony A7

Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f2.5

We walked Selkirk from Central Spur Rd. over the trestle to Selkirk Green Park and back.

Canadian Pacific 3605, a former SP "3/4 dome," has been beautifully rebuilt and makes a nice addition to CP's business car fleet.


October 16, 2019.


Just as the title suggests this shot was taken as we were departing this interesting place far off the coast of Chile. Read about it here

CSXT 8555, 8833 and NREX 6301 among others at Selkirk.

The EMD war wagon dance on the east end drill tracks on a Friday morning at Selkirk Yard. Train on the far right is Q433-10 departing east to do it's double with two MACs and a SD40-2 today.

A beautiful little waterfall below the Dismal Glacier - Selkirk Mountains.

The alpine larch were in full on fall colours during a recent foray into the magnificent Selkirk Mountains

coming in for landing!

Illecillewaet River and the Albert Peaks

British Columbia, Canada

To show today’s snow, I figured I’d go and inspect my own railroad in the aftermath since I had originally marked off on this day in advance for my birthday (which had to be postponed with my family due to the weather). Seen here is the only current active east end puller using the “drill tracks” in Selkirk to pull cars from the bowl to be shoved off onto a departure track for a freight train. Tracks 3 and 4 on the mainline at CP 13 are nothing but lines in the snow of where a train might’ve been. Today Selkirk experienced a few derailments, one of which was serious due to Q115 picking a switch and putting more than 4 cars on the ground. Needless to say, I’m glad I avoided work and wasn’t out there trying to dig myself out. However, it is apart of the job and I am grateful for my railroading career regardless of the stress and BS I put up with.

Landscape from yesteryear. The Selkirk Trestle Bridge dates back to an earlier time when this part of the harbour was industrial. Trains moved back and forth across its span. Today it is a path for pedestrians and bicycles.


Q212 departs for the River Line.

Six axle GEs dominated the Boston & Albany line during most of Conrail's tenure, but here at Palmer MA on 13 July 1984, a quartet of B23-7s led by the 2812 rule the main with a westbound freight, blasting by GP8 No. 5452 and its local.

This is a real one, folks. No flood here.

A pair of ex-Conrail SD40-2s lead a westbound manifest in New Scotland, NY.

CSX Q433 makes moves thru CP SK at the East end of Selkirk Yard.

This morning we walked the Galloping Goose Trail (GGT) beside the Gorge Waterway. Our kid's texted us and they were walking The Goose in Esquimalt — and they sent pictures-to-prove it.

A very busy restaurant on once-famous and prosperous Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg, now mostly a rundown area. The Bell Tower was built in 1985 as part of an urban renewal effort. Starting about 26 years later, the Bell Tower became a place where protests, rallies, meetings and musical performances were held.

White Mountain Avens on the summit of McCrae Peak at sunset - Selkirk Mountains, B.C.

CSXT Q417-29 departs with a leaser pair of SD40-2s.

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