MikeOnline - Boldly Go https://mikeonline.ca/rss.xml en Petites, Newfoundland https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Petites <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Petites, Newfoundland</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Founded in the 1840's, Petites, Newfoundland, has been home to generations of weather-hardened souls who made their living on the sea.  By 1859, a methodist church was constructed that later became the Bethany United Church.  There were 212 people living here in 1946, and only 146 by 1956.  In October, 2003, the last remaining residents of the community were resettled.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I had the privilege of visiting the remains of this abandoned town with my father, and spent two days exploring and photographing as much as I could.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Overlooking Petites from a high point." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="07befd68-4938-497d-a154-e55b23cb8e77" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0645.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first day, with the sun shining down, I found a rock on a high place and just sat down.  Looking out over it all, I tried to picture life here.  It took little to imagine children walking the paths from the scattered houses to the lone school house near the church.  One could almost hear the generators running in the power plant, or the workings in the mill across the small harbor.  Of course, one could easily imagine the comings and goings of fishing boats harvesting from the sea to earn a living here in the barren landscape.  With a feel for the place, I set out to begin my task.  I did a quick pass of the whole community, but then focused on the south side of the harbor.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I returned for the second day, the fog was holding on, giving everything a magical look.  I went out to the cemetary, and worked my way around to the north side of the harbor, finishing by the afternoon.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="A mist hangs over the general store in Petites, Newfoundland." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aa136ec0-ec45-487e-b95f-f61e9c53e43b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0766.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">While I have been in ghost-towns before, Petites was somehow unique.  Perhaps because relatively little time has passed since the community was emptied, there was a strong sense of the life that was here.  This was a feeling of being able to connect to those who were born, lived and died here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">My sincere thanks to John and Julia Breckenridge, and Austin Bennett.  Without them, the visit would not be possible.  Even more importantly, without their passion for this community, it's uncertain to me what would remain, or if it all would just slowly slip from memory and return to nature as if it had never been.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/petiteschurch/">Petites Church Newfoundland: Restoration - Facebook</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comment</h2> <a id="comment-276"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/276" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/276#comment-276" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Spectacular piece of history</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tina (not verified)</span> on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:42</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-10T22:42:30+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1544534067"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Absolutely loved the photo&#039;s and the back story that goes along with it. I&#039;m in Australia and have always wanted to go to Newfoundland. Such a stunning little bit of history. Thank you</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=276&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="k9Fo1ywBsPr7U-hAFo_4MMxJXRxLRvAMxqiKaNkMC9Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37122&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="UDZ_f4lseFxtRwK7K36L-mlNOHYfMbwaDt3n1Rccs4U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37122 at https://mikeonline.ca MS Norgoma https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_MS_Norgoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MS Norgoma</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_SS_Norisle" hreflang="en">SS Norisle</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Construction of SS Norgoma was completed at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collingwood_Shipbuilding" target="_blank">Collingwood Shipyards</a> in 1950.  She would join a fleet of ships that provided packet and passenger service around what was known at the time as the Turkey Trail.  This trail started at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Sound" target="_blank">Owen Sound</a> and wound its way through communities like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killarney,_Ontario" target="_blank">Killarney</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assiginack" target="_blank">Manitowaning</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Current" target="_blank">Little Current</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings,_Ontario" target="_blank">Kagawong</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Bay,_Ontario" target="_blank">Gore Bay</a>, Meldrum Bay, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph,_Ontario" target="_blank">RIchard's Landing</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessalon" target="_blank">Thessalon</a>, and finally arriving at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario" target="_blank">Sault Ste. Marie</a> in a 5-day voyage.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">She is 175 feet, 6 inches long, has a 36 foot beam, with a 15 foot depth.  She weighed in (at the time of constuction) at 1,434.77 gross tons. and was powered by a triple-expansion steam engine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt=" Date and location unknown, though clearly before her 1964 refit." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7551981-e83e-4d8e-9e64-97e7ebca15f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TBRC002905494d3.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With improvements to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Canada_Highway" target="_blank">Trans-Canada Highway</a> system on Highways 69 and 17, and the construction of a road in to Killarney, demand for shipping along the Turkey Trail dropped off significantly.  On the other hand, demand for ferry service between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermory,_Ontario" target="_blank">Tobermory</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehkummah" target="_blank">South Baymouth</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoulin_Island" target="_blank">Manitoulin Island</a> was increasing.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result, in 1963, the Collingwood Shipyards refitted Norgoma to carry up to 37 cars.  To handle this additional weight, she also had her steam engine replaced by an 800-hp diesel engine.  She left Collingwood in the Spring of 1964 as MS Norgoma to serve alongside her sister, SS Norisle.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the engine room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="47701ba4-aee7-44c1-a9af-a75b378605b8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0523.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, in the fall of 1974, both ships made their last runs before being replaced by the much larger <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun" target="_blank">MV Chi-Cheemaun</a>.  Norgoma was towed to Sault Ste Marie and opened as a museum to Great Lakes shipping.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I arrived on a sunny morning, meeting one of the volunteers who selflessly donates his time to the St. Mary's River Marine Historical Society.  As I began to wander the ship, snapping photos and poking around, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Norgoma and Norisle, her sister in Manitowaning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View of the bridge." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7fbe6f68-360a-450d-bd29-a7f8cab393c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0475.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was hoping that Norgoma would help me to better imagine what Norisle had looked like before she was gutted for a new role she would never obtain.  While there were many things the same, Norgoma flaunted her own unique design and style.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was also struck, in retrospect, by the fact that she was equipped, both as a museum, and in most photos I've seen, with four life-boats.  You'll note from my own photos that those lifeboats had a capacity of 19 people each for a total of 76.  She was originally built with sleeping accomodations for 100...  I assume there were rafts stored elsewhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Current photo as a museum ship." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfe0339f-64da-4c4f-9cc6-a534581e50c9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0366.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was dismayed to hear about her current situation, given the apparent fate currently awaiting Norisle.  At the time of this writing, Norgoma is looking for a new home, having been evicted by Sault Ste. Marie City Council. </p> <p class="text-align-justify">My special thanks for their invitation and hospitality go to the hard-working people at St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre who are trying so hard to save this piece of Northern Ontario history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://norgoma.org/">Norgoma Museum Web Site</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v1a7VmvX1yw?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5u8Zq-5G_44?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37126&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="g8s57mZiQJWMSowmHT27qTI20nSramOUT-fgR-GDjsE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37126 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_MS_Norgoma#comments The Shoals Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Shoals_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Shoals Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial" hreflang="en">Greenwater Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There was a skiff of snow on the ground as we rolled along Highway 101 and pulled up to the closed gates.  As we began walking along the road into the park, I thought back to my earlier visit to Greenwater Provincial Park and wondered if it would be as well preserved.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In little time we were greeted by a ruffled grouse, another similiarity to the aforementioned park.  I was suprised, however, to flush about 5 more before we left.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a beautiful place, and the sites were impressive, but the lack of electrical sites, I'm sure, played a role in its closure.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 10,644 ha park was established in 1970 with 44 unserviced sites, but the Government of Ontario closed the park in 2012, along with several others, citing poor attendance.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37130&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="11Ad7dEd41b4OV7_5p9mH15mXJSxVQCmzp5-imRUGA0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37130 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Shoals_Provincial#comments Greenwater Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greenwater Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Shoals_Provincial" hreflang="en">The Shoals Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As one who frequents Provincial Parks for camping, when I heard that there were a few that had been closed, permanently, I knew I would have to take the opportunity to have a look at how nature reclaims these spaces.  I spend a lot of time in Gogama, and that seemed the perfect jumping-off point for a trip to the former Greenwater Provincial Park.  As it turns out, once wouldn't be enough.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was surprised by how well everything appeared to be weathering the time and neglect.  The grouse had been taking advantage of the relative safety and seemed to be quite abundant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 8,500 ha park was established in 1957, and had been expanded as lately as 2007.  The Government of Ontario announced closure of this, and other parks, in 2012, citing poor attendance numbers.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37118&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="MjXgm0XROp1v-cdUjBrMJ7E_GCWvo430hZwnt_2wBU4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37118 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial#comments Salton Sea https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Salton_Sea <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Salton Sea</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I arrived in my nice, clean, white, rented Equinox.  The windows were up, and the cool air was coming from the air conditioner.  The sun was shining, and I was loving being away from the cold and snow of Canada.  When I arrived, first at Salton City, I drove close to the beach and stopped.  I looked out over the shimmering water, turned off the engine and got out...  THE STENCH!  Nothing had prepared me for the smell.  Like seaweed and rotting fish, yet somehow much, much worse.  I looked around, noticed that some of the houses were actually occupied and thought, "how do they live with the stench?".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Salton Sea began as an accident, and it's potential as a vacation resort ended as an accident.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="One of many abandoned buildings" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e36f613d-afaa-468c-bf87-e7b4c0676a0d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0154.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1905, the California Development Company attempted to increase the water to the area for farming.  Canals were dug from the Colorado River into the Imperial Valley.  These canals began to fill with silt, restricting the water flow, so the engineers made a cut in bank of the river to divert even more water.  It was too much.  The canal was overwhelmed, and the river flowed freely into a basin for two years before repairs were completed.  This was the birth of the Salton Sea.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I wandered the deserted streets of Salton City, and then Salton Sea Beach, it was surreal.  The streets were all there although they had few stop signs, or other types of traffic control.  You could tell that this area was much more built up than it is now, but it was hard to imagine.  Between the heat, the desert sand, and the smell, it was almost impossible to imagine this as it once was; a busy, thriving vacation spot.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Sign for a golf course that was never built." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dff9f6f6-b220-442a-b70b-c0804a600cca" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0175.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The area began development during the late 1950's, early 1960's.  The streets, power grid, and other infrastructure were planned for a population of over 40,000.  With rising water, salinity, and pollution from farm run-off, most properties were abandoned by the 1980's.  It wasn't the end of a dream, because the dream simply never materialized.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">i noticed that Salton Sea Beach seemed to be more about trailers and what most would consider cottages than what I saw in Salton City.  A number of fires appear to have destroyed some of the remaining structures, and graffiti and vandalism are everywhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Tires inside an abandoned garage." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ccd75efb-c1c1-49a7-a301-fa525ff286ee" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0198.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With property costs so high in California at the moment, the lure of lots priced from $4,000 each is clearly attractive as the number of permanent residents appears to be on the climb again.  Much will depend, of course, on the nearby employment opportunities, beyond the casino located across the highway.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As the sun disappeared behind the mountains, I was keenly aware that my time was up.  It was time to head back to San Diego after enjoying my opportunity to check a place off my bucket list.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37115&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Tv95u33WoTVUqkfWXgbvzobUhe9l7NcUXL5u5aG6AH0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Mike 37115 at https://mikeonline.ca Abandoned Metra Cars https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Metra_Cars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Abandoned Metra Cars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Once again, I am reminded of my own rule...  "Nothing is ever as easy as it appears on Google Maps."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Blindly following the directions of my GPS, I found myself at a strange little intersection with a gas station.  The GPS indicating that I should go straight onto a dirt road and so I complied.  I could tell from the mounded earth on the sides of the road that it was periodically maintained by graders.  I suspect some time had passed since the last grader, as my organs vibrated in time with the washboard ridges punching a staccato beat against the tires.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The road evened out after a short distance and after circling under the highway, I found that the road ended at a small parking lot, but continued as a private road with clear "No Trespassing" signs displayed.  I parked the rented Equinox and jumped out, preparing myself for a longer walk than I had anticipated.  The map indicated I would be able to drive within a few hundred yards of my goal, but clearly this was not to be the case.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View down the tracks." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1aae11c1-6366-4418-9f52-4256742920b4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0128.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I went down over the shallow embankment and began following the long disused railway.  I was one of many who had come this way as evidenced by the well-worn path that had been etched into the ground.  I watched as small lizards skittered across in front of me, and marveled in the dry warmth of the day.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The tracks themselves had been built by the San Diego &amp; Arizona Railway Company formed in 1906.  Leased to several organizations over time, it had been used by the Carrizo Gorge Railway Company to move sand for making concrete up until October, 2008, when the condition of the track, trestles and tunnels began to make it unsafe.  In 2012, the owner signed a 50-year lease with the Pacific Imperial Railroad Company, but in 2016, it was then sub-leased to the <a href="http://www.bajarr.com/en/desert-line/" target="_blank">Baja California Railroad</a> who were to begin repairs immediately, and resume operations by this year.  In 2017, Pacific Imperial went bankrupt, so it is uncertain where this leaves the future of the line.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="End of the cars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="19fb6207-bbfe-4c6a-9d6f-3495fd7a5397" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0092_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Coming to a poorly maintained trestle, I began walking gingerly across.  I was careful not to step on rotted ties, and to keep over the support beams running length-ways along the sketchy bridge.  In little time, despite my disagreement with heights, I was back on solid ground and on my way.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It wasn't much longer before I spotted the object of my current desire.  The end of a rail car which I knew would be connected to five more.  Looking down the track toward them, you'll notice almost instantly that something isn't right.  As you get closer, you'll realize what it is...  The first of the commuter cars is derailed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Graffiti on the outside." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="34447883-d22b-49d5-96aa-43d23af3e9a9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0096.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The line of six cars was stored on a spur off the main line.  An article in the <a href="https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/feb/26/ticker-desert-line-derailment-carrizo-gorge/#" target="_blank">San Diego Reader</a> from early 2015 suggests that an act of "sabotage" was responsible for the brakes being released, and the cars sliding downhill to derail on the switch.  Other sources more calmly suggest vandals as the likely cause the incident.  In either event, there's been no traffic on the main line since 2008, so no one has bothered to move the cars.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I walked the outside length of the five commuter cars, examining the graffiti murals adorning the aluminum until I found the last car somewhat out of place.  Once a flat-bed, it had been converted for use in tunnel maintenance.  I hopped up onto the steps and began working my way through the interior which was in better shape than I would have dared imagine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Interior of one of the cars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7f8f81e5-1333-4a6f-9829-23d58d137961" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0106.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Stickers on the inside indicated that the cars had been owned by <a href="https://metrarail.com/" target="_blank">Metra</a>, a commuter rail organization operating in Chicago, Illinois.  At the moment, I was uncertain how these cars would have made their way all that distance to find themselves on a siding here.  My best research suggests that they were destined to be used for commuter traffic near Tijuana, Mexico, but the venture fell through before the cars actually arrived.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After I had completed my look around, I began making my way back to my parked vehicle to resume the day's adventures.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37112&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="rBMGHNKRpYMJDe4eQCiA2KCDgbvIFWK8Vju46LXw4dY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Mike 37112 at https://mikeonline.ca Please Close the Door https://mikeonline.ca/book_Beginners_Doors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Please Close the Door</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:49</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Please Close the Door" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fee1f8a6-00ca-4ba4-a7a4-744d79523433" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/51tWk3dfcFL.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This is more a request than a tip, but it will help everyone.  If the door was closed when you arrived, close it when you go in, and close it when you leave.  That simple.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Every afternoon, on my way home from work, I pass a small house on the side of the highway.  For most of the year, there is no activity here, but the odd once in a while, I see people camp there.  Are they the owners?  Who knows?  But most of the time, when I go by, the door is closed.  During the winter, no one ploughs the driveway, and the door is closed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Sometimes, however, I see footprints leading in from the highway, and the door is wide open.  No car around, so it's not that someone's in there at that moment, but clearly they were and then left without closing the door behind them.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Here's the thing.  An open door calls attention.  People notice it.  You did.  I did.  If you're inside, it could call attention of someone passing by, like a cop, or the property owner, and then they decide to check it out.  In some cases, they might even lock it.  Then you're screwed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Second, it keeps animals and the elements out.  Water, snow and raccoon crap do a lot to damage a building.  By closing the door behind you when you leave, you're showing respect for the property, and helping to preserve it for the next explorer who comes along.</p> </div> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:49:17 +0000 Mike 37111 at https://mikeonline.ca Unknown Blockhouse https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Unknown Blockhouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There is conflicting information as to the purpose of this building.  Some information seems to indicate that this site was a World War II-era radar site.  Perhaps a transmitter site, associated with the large antenna atop the nearby mountain-top.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Other information suggests that this building was part of the communications system assembled by railway that would bring Newfoundland into Canada, and part of the viewership of the CBC.  Its proximity to the former railroad does seem to support that.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There will be further updates as I find out more.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=9144&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="E7a2mY4mgalbcEBNqjEpJMKXR4RCf7-ceqQFqqW2nx8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 9144 at https://mikeonline.ca Stephenville AFS https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Stephenville_AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stephenville AFS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Belonging to the United States Air Force, construction of this radar station began in 1951 and was completed two years later.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1971, control of the station was handed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and it was promptly closed.  Despite being part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, and having radar designed for use with the <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> system, the station was never made part of the SAGE network.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the time of its closing, it was equipped with an <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-93A</a>, <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6B</a> and an AN/FPS-90, a higher powered version of the AN/FPS-6.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=914&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Zg7Jij4bwtdXN0GklfOosHrZELfC4rp2YnPqlbB5KJQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 914 at https://mikeonline.ca Harmon AFB Hanger https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Hanger</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker" hreflang="en">Harmon AFB Bunker</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Arriving in Stephenville, Newfoundland, it's easy to find yourself driving along an old runway.  As you look around, you will see many buildings remaining from the former Harmon AFB, some of them dating back to its original construction in the 1940's.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While driving along that runway, I noticed one building in particular that seemed no longer to be in use.  We pulled over to take a closer look.  It was a fascinating, large hanger and after peering through various broken windows, I came upon a way in.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears that someone had been using it for other purposes, and it further appears that afterward it had been empty for quite some time.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=889&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="B6cSiuQZeyNDtmarmiiEuw2vOk8DKw02BRBYdIWoACY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 889 at https://mikeonline.ca