07-24-2010 07:42 AM
I'm afraid I can't help anybody with co-ordinates as I don't use a GPS for hiking but there are trails from Chase River to South Wellington that follow the E&N. These trails were part of an old railroad grade are well travelled. The archway (columns) are easy enough to find because they are part of the trail system and you will walk right to them. The structure is in a field where the Alexandra Mine used to be.
Originally Posted by DarronC
07-24-2010 05:47 PM
I posted pretty well exactly the same thing a few months ago about that area and basically got told I didn't know what I was talking about. Believe me now? I know what's up there, she knows what's up there, and at least one other member of this forum knows what's up there, and none of us are talking.
Originally Posted by AceMcCool
07-26-2010 04:57 PM
I had some work to do in Parksville this weekend and detoured through Lantzville on the way home. I'm not sure if this thread has photos of Lantzville's coal car in it so I will post these 2 from this past Saturday.
07-26-2010 05:02 PM
lol, anyone seen the Bastion lately?
I took this photo during a walk down the waterfront at lunch today, very nice down there this time of the year.
Even though I took this picture today, it is already a historic one. I don't know whether or not it belongs in this thread but I'll post it here anyways.
07-26-2010 05:26 PM
I was in Stewart BC (and Hyder AK, too), a couple of weeks ago. There are old mining carts everywhere (so it seems) used creatively as planters, or just lying around.
Except there they were used for Ore, not coal. I'll post a few pictures in a few days....
07-28-2010 07:19 PM
This picture was taken from Boss Whistle and I wanted to point out that the columns on the right look like the one(s) sitting in a field at the Alexandra Mine.
08-02-2010 02:30 PM
I have in my possession a pair of wheels that I found during a hike along Departure Bay beach at low tide in late June of 1999. I was looking for artifacts from the coal mining era and started at BC Ferries, walking towards Sugar Loaf Mountain. I started to overturn some of the larger pieces of wood I came across when I discovered the wheels. My first thoughts were that they were wheels from a coal car but I later learned that they were not. They were actually part of a boat launch from way back then and you can still see the track down there today.
These wheels were found at low tide face down in the sand and were completely covered in barnicles. The metal is in rough shape and as the years wear on the wheels continue to corrode and fall apart. Every time I pick these bad boys up several pieces fall off.
08-02-2010 04:10 PM
In my recent vacation trip, I saw some ore mining carts at Stewart BC.
- I thought that they'd be an interesting comparison to the historic coal-carts that are shown in this thread.
08-02-2010 04:31 PM
Nice photos Flugel Horn. There is a coal car in Harewood that is very similar to the ones that you posted. It is painted silver and is in someone's yard. Actually, I've seen a couple of old Harewood Mines photos that show similar cars. I hear that there are still a few on Mt. Sicker...
08-03-2010 05:14 PM
Here is that coal car in Harewood that I was talking about yesterday.