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I’ve been fortunate to have been able to get a look at the wood stave low-pressure sections of the penstock pipelines for the Puntledge and John Hart power stations, the old Victoria water supply pipeline, and this little wood stave … Continue reading
The mysterious dome… You may have noticed this large dome-shaped structure if you drive Highway 19 north of Campbell River – I have, and I was really curious as to what it is used for. After a bit of research, … Continue reading
The lighthouse in Port Alberni sure looks like a lighthouse, and arguably it is a lighthouse, but it only illuminates it’s lamp during the daytime as it would annoy local homeowners at night. This may sound rather odd, but the … Continue reading
Seagulls or Sea Gulls? What most people refer to as seagulls or sea gulls are actually birds in the scientifically classified family Laridae- the gull and tern” family with more than 35 species in it. Gulls at Point Holmes, but … Continue reading
You may have noticed the rows of sheds if you’ve driven through Stratchona Provincial Park on your way to the Myra Falls trailhead. They contain carefully labeled boxes full of rock core samples from with the mines in the Nystar … Continue reading
The world’s second largest burl – Port McNeill The world’s second largest burl (formerly the largest burl) is located in Port McNeill. It was cut from the base of a 351-year-old Sitka Spruce tree in 1976, about 40 kilometers southwest … Continue reading
Hydrostatic releases on one of the BC Ferries Hydrostatic releases are handy little devices are used to automatically deploy inflatable life rafts when a ship sinks. Water pressure activates the device when it descends 1.5m below the surface, and when … Continue reading
The two diamonds indicate that there is an obstruction close to the track – in this case, a power pole and then a chain link fence. Related Posts:E&N – signs – Two black circlesRideau Hall – Mungo Martin Totem poleIsland … Continue reading
You may have seen one of these whiteboard signs with a W on it – W signs are called whistle posts, and they are usually located at highway-rail grade crossings. In general, locomotive horns must be be sounded at all … Continue reading
You may have seen one of these whiteboard signs with black circles – they advise snowplow crews to raise flanger blades in advance of crossings, switches, and other between-the-rail obstructions. The southern approach to the E&N bridge over Mill Creek … Continue reading