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Mike Bajowski and Ed koski aboard their Switching Goats,  Switch Engines they use to move cars aroung thr Trainyard
"Switching Goats", used by CP Carmen to switch cars in their own Train Yard,
Mike Bajowski on the left, and Ed Koski on the Right.

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On the Canadian Pacific Railroad"

Ed wants to catagorically stress that any photo's or written submissions are solely to illistrate his job tasks during his career as a carman, he absolutely in no way will ever place blame or suspected cause related to any mishap or accident toward his employer Canadian Pacific Railway, or any involved 3rd party.

      Date: Thu, Sep 06, 2008

Carknocker.Com presents, stories submitted to this Web Site, by a Brother Carman, who is currently a Crane operator in Canada, working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Just one look at his Grizzled face, Sitting in his Crane (Derrick), and you realize he couldnt be anything but a Railroader. LOL __Judging from some of his stories below, its obvious from all the practical jokes they play on each other there, that Railroaders are the same every where.

left to right are, Brian Croft, Ed Koski, Ray Lawson, Dave Markstrom, and Mike Bajowsky
January-15-2009, Now here is smart looking bunch of Canadian Pacific Carmen, and Derrick Crew
left to right are, Brian Croft, Ed Koski, Ray Lawson, Dave Markstrom, and Mike Bajowsky

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      Thursday, Jan 15, 2009, News article from Wednesday, June 17, 1998 (The Golden News)

Golden News Article, Wednesday, June 17, 1998

      Thursday: Jan 15, 2009

The email below, that I recieved from Ed yesterday, and the Newspaper Article above, tells a lot about life on the Railroad, so I thought I would share it with all our readers. I think some of our fellow Railroaders might relate to what he had to say.

      Date: Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Right now I am a little stiff and sore. Our shop has had a pretty deep lay - off since before Christmas, and today was the first time, I was forced out to do train inspections, our coal trains are 112 cars long, and only 4 guy's to inspect, two from each end , I havn't been in the yard for about 15 years, and today I changed 76 brake shoes, alot being iced in. With winter conditions the engineers have to condition the shoes, ( I am not sure if you know this ) but they will pull the train with a pretty heavy brake for a couple of miles before all the major decents to warm up the shoes, and this causes lots of ice and shoe wear. Actually we discussed the amount of shoes changed out at Golden, and were told our shop by far goes through the most amount of brake shoes for our railway in Canada, I didn't know that. In 1977 a loaded coal train exited a 5 mile tunnel ( Cannaught tunnel ) with the brakes released. It was warm and moist in the tunnel, but a blowing blizzard outside. The blowing snow filled up the space between the wheels and the shoes, so when they set the brakes--- nothing. From the tunnel you go straight onto 2,2 % grade for about 12 miles through snow sheds , small tunnels, and over bridges winding down through the illiciliweat valley , all 20 mph track they were doing 80 mph, when they piled up. I have an excellent chronical write-up with ( of course pictures ). The crew all lived, I still know them all 3 on the head end and 2 in the caboose.    Ed

1-24-2009--Exciting New Story, The true Story about a runaway train accident on the Canadian Pacific. This story is a great read--Check it out. You dont have an ounce of railway spirit, if you dont find this story absolutely riveting.

 Canadian pacific locomotiveCanadian pacific locomotiveCanadian pacific locomotive"THEIR CABOOSE LURCHED FROM SIDE TO SIDE,--THE LAST CAR IN A MILE AND A QUARTER WHIP---THEY PULLED ON THEIR COATS AND---DECIDED TO JUMP"Canadian pacific locomotive 

Sunday, Feb. 22-2009    May 30-2007 Harvey Dycke Photo
Walter,   My friend Harvey Dycke took this picture on May 30 2007 where 5 passenger cars from the Rocky Mountaineer holiday train derailed near Rodgers, we used both cranes to rerail. All the cars remained upright, and only a few minor injuries, thanks to Pat Holloway the engineer, a very good friend who had the experience to control the train and stop it so it all remained upright, unfortunately Pat is not with us anymore    Ed

Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009
Subject-Snow Plow-North Dakota   Snow Plow Wreck Image 1    Snow Plow Wreck Image 2
Walter, This is what happens if the plow operator does not lift the nose of the plow when they go over a crossing, the nose cutting edge drops about 3 inches below the top of the rail, and with three big units pushing it's going to be bad. A fellow Employee sent this to me, I don't know where he got it. To Quote him, "This is why the snow plow crew makes the big bucks---"   Ed

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009
    1990 CP Potash Derailment
This was a potash derailment at China Bar, Mar 1990, extremely remote area in the famed Fraser Canyon, with cars tumbling down to the river off a stone tressel and derailing in a tunnel. This area could not be accessed by any equipment other than our wrecking cranes one from Revelstoke and one from Vancouver, all cars and scrap had to be loaded on site by us and moved back to North Bend about nine miles east.    Ed

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009
    Potash Derailment Image 1
This car derailed in the tunnel, fastest way out "CUTTER IN TWO !" drag each half out wheels first. Pictured in the white hat is the late Ken Brenner Vancouver wrecking foreman, their auxiliary unfortunately has been as well shut down, a great bunch of guy's to work with.    Ed

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009
    Potash Derailment Image 2
This car was near totally demolished, but we had to get it out of there. It is perched atop two dummy trucks with a cable, ( visable below ) attached to the end of the crane, no brakes, nothing keeping it there, just good luck and go slow. The man standing by the car is Manfred Wagner, a good friend. He still works in Vancouver.    Ed

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009
    Potash Derailment Image 3
Ken Brenner gives signals to crane operator Bob Broad , as parts and pieces of the potash cars are hauled up the steep river bank.    Ed

      Date: Wed, Feb. 1, 2009

Two Photos--    Passenger Locomotive Lift ,          Passenger Train derailment
Notice where the Locomotive struck the pole on the way down. Myself, and Mike Bafaro dug, and dug, and, dug to get a coupler sling under the coupler on that Locomotive. Times like these is where, I paid my dues as a groundman. The crane on the left was from Field with Lucci Perri operating ( ret ), and the crane on the right was operated by Ernie Mayert ( ret ).     Ed

      Jan 31, 2009

Photo and message from Ed.    " Fishing with 400 tons of crane " Dec 1997 Snow slide at Rogers Dec 1997

My two cents worth---"This is some serious Big Rig Fishing."

      Jan 31, 2009

Photo and short message from Ed, it reads Snow slide at Rogers Dec 1997 " Fishing with a SD 40 ".

Comment by me, Walter at Carknocker.Com., "It is obvious to an experianced Railroader what they are probably doing, but for the benefit of those who dont know, this is a frequent practice at Derailments.". They have an undetermined length of cable hooked over the Knuckle of an F-Type Interlocking Coupler, of an SD-40 Locomotive. The end of the cable we cant see, either has a big hook, or some shackels and hooks, attached to something they want to move. It could be just about anything, but odds are its a derailed car, and they are going to pull with the locomotive. This usually helps move what ever it is you want moved, but you have to be very careful, that you dont cause so much sidewards strain that you turn the rail over, and derail the locomotive in the process. The blocks you see on the ground are where the Derrick Crane blocked up under its outriggers, when lifting derailed cars. Usually the blocks would have been taken when the Derrick moved. If I had to guess, I would say the blocks were left there, because they intend to return to the same spot, and make another lift, and no Groundman worth a spit, is gonna move those heavy blocks more often than necessary.

1 -27-09
Walter,     I pulled this photo,  Car Lift Illecillewaet   off A slide presentation. Here, I am pulling a grain car up by myself. The ground men said you can't do it. I had it all most there, but beside me was a 350,000 volt power line, that we said they could leave on, and to error on the side of caution, I let it back down till we had both cranes. But it made a good picture.    Ed


Walter,     This picture,  Lift at Glenogle  with two cranes lifting the loco out of the river is at Glenogle, (about 10 miles east of Golden) Jan 1988. I was operating our 250 (the far one), and Jeff Simms was operating Calgarys 250, we both objected to using the light lines on this lift but were told we were to try anyway. It worked, but as soon as we put it down our hoist lines were stretched and they coiled up right to the sheaves, and had to be cut out by torch and replaced, big job for two cranes at the same time.    Ed

      Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009

Here is a photo,  Derailment on A bridge  . The Auxiliary groundman spent most of a cold night in Feb 2006 trying to rerail this locomotive , but because the bridge is in a curve with some elevation they could not get it to rerail with replacers and to avoid further damage to the bridge deck I was sent out, about 4 miles from our terminal, the radius of this lift was so great management wanted assurance from me it could be done, note carman Richard King looking backwards watching for wheel lift. ( cranes cannot lift on a bridge unless lift is engineered by bridges and structures dept )     Ed

Comment by Walter,---Dang, Ed,--Yall have all the fun, LOL.

      Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009

Walter,        Locomotive 5706.   This was a mid train remote of a Coal train that derailed on a bridge near Sparwood B.C. Febuary 1989, there were about 11 loads of coal still coupled together accross the river below , I was asked if our mobile crane could lift this locomotive from where it sat ? I will not repeat my response !! Ed

      Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009

Walter,     This photo  near Cranbrook B.C. , was taken Feb 1993. it shows 150 ton American crane operated by John Cross ( ret ) and myself operating a 130 ton pettibone mobile crane we were recovering empty propane tank cars from the Moyie river, as you can see cold weather with ice and snow make all tasks difficult, the 150's light line will raise the car slightly while the heavy line with one sling will roll the car upright then I can reach the far coupler to bring the car up to rerail it, I think people with normal jobs would think us guy's all nuts in the head to do this kind of work in these conditions. Ed


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