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#241 railiner

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:04 PM

Stunning photography!   Thanks so much for posting!  :hi:


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:08 PM

I just booked my passage on the 1967-built MV Hyak from Orcas Island to Anacortes to attend the 2017 AU Gathering.  The ferries do not connect with the train to Portland in the morning, so I have to go to the mainland the night before.

 

It has been a rough summer for ferries in the San Juan Islands.  One of our 50-year-old ferries went down right at the same time that the fleet's spare vessel was also out of commission.  This resulted in several cancellations, including one of two daily international sailings from Anacortes to Sidney, BC.  And at another time this summer, our brand-new MV Samish experienced engine problems and was out of commission for a week.

 

For those not familiar with Washington State Ferries, "Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States. 23 ferries cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers. From Tacoma, Washington, to Sidney, British Columbia, we travel up and down the Sound, acting as a marine highway for commercial users, tourists and daily commuters alike."

 

Post edited to add picture of MV Yakima as seen from MV Hyak.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 12:55 AM

This is the Pierce County, Washington, ferry at Steilacoom, as seen from Amtrak Cascades train 516 (sorry about the glare):

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:19 AM

Most airline passengers now use the new Pedestrian Tunnel under the 400' wide Harbour entrance to reach Billy Bishop Airport on Toronto Island......but the Ferry still runs for vehicles and passengers are free to use it for the minute and a half crossing:

https://www.portstor...Ferry-Facts.pdf

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:20 AM

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:58 AM

Nice pics and brings back good memories from Toronto the Good!😎
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 08:55 AM

Fabulous shots, and especially appreciated the history....

I still have to wonder why they couldn't have widened that tunnel to allow vehicular use?    I suppose they would have had a huge expense, and probably had to lengthen it as well for a manageable grade...it probably was simply not cost-effective for the amount of traffic that would use it....probably would have eliminated the Center Island and Ward's Island ferries, as well.... 


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:09 AM

Due to the depth of the tunnel there would be no room for the sloped grade required for approach roads. Even on the mainland side you have to go straight down to the tunnel entrance by elevator. There is no room for an sloped escalator bank like that in photo #2 on the Island side.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:07 PM

That's what I thought...perhaps they could have built a vehicular crossing at the Ward's Island end?  

But again probably not cost-effective, and I suppose some residing on the islands would not have wanted it, anyway....


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:24 AM

France to Canada is an hour!

The new passenger & vehicles ferries have arrived and will enter service next spring between Saint-Pierre & Miquelon and Fortune, Newfoundland.

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...uelon-1.4425096

Previously they used a passenger only fast ferry and cars were barged across. Look at some of these European models with their SPM plates on the wharf at Fortune.

https://goo.gl/maps/H8TJMuwFx362

https://goo.gl/maps/NwbF32FKzUG2

Saint-Pierre & Miquelon is a Territory "Collectivité" of France located about 20 miles off the south coast of Newfoundland. The islands might be in North America but the local currency in the Euro and the food and wine.....excellent!
 

Next year you will be able to 'drive to France' in an hour with a new ferry connection between Fortune, Newfoundland and Saint Pierre.

http://products.dame...opax-ferry-5510

http://www.damen.com...wo_fast_ferries

Until now....the ferry has been passenger only, no vehicles:

http://www.saintpier...index.html.html



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 11:12 PM

Sounds great, but it would be nice if the Marine Atlantic Argentia ferry could make a call there along its route...I suppose it would be too big for the dock there....

That would really open up those islands to tourism....


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 05:19 AM

Here's Halifax Transit's Viola Desmond ready to set out on the 7 minute crossing over to Dartmouth.

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And on a side note: Get your $10 bill that features VIA's Canadian on the reverse while you still can:

https://www.bankofca...0-polymer-note/
(click on 360 deg)

......as Viola Desmond's image (not the ferry) will replace VIA's Canadian on March 8.

https://www.bankofca...noteable-woman/

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:29 AM

We are going to have a difficult tourist season with the ferries.  The Yakima is running at reduced speeds due to a bent propellor, which cannot be repaired until September.  And then things such as this happen:

 

http://komonews.com/...by-jammed-truck


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:21 PM

We are going to have a difficult tourist season with the ferries.  The Yakima is running at reduced speeds due to a bent propellor, which cannot be repaired until September.  And then things such as this happen:

 

http://komonews.com/...by-jammed-truck

Read that article...

I wonder if there is a design flaw in the bridge that the truck got stuck on due to tides, or if the truck was not inspected to assure it met required clearance's before being allowed aboard?


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:25 PM

 

We are going to have a difficult tourist season with the ferries.  The Yakima is running at reduced speeds due to a bent propellor, which cannot be repaired until September.  And then things such as this happen:

 

http://komonews.com/...by-jammed-truck

Read that article...

I wonder if there is a design flaw in the bridge that the truck got stuck on due to tides, or if the truck was not inspected to assure it met required clearance's before being allowed aboard?

 

That bridge has loaded thousands of trucks at far more extreme tides.  I think the trailer did not have proper clearances--if you look carefully at the trailer in the picture, you can see it is very low.  It was some kind of weird "medical imaging" trailer.

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:05 AM


 


We are going to have a difficult tourist season with the ferries.  The Yakima is running at reduced speeds due to a bent propellor, which cannot be repaired until September.  And then things such as this happen:
 
http://komonews.com/...by-jammed-truck

Read that article...
I wonder if there is a design flaw in the bridge that the truck got stuck on due to tides, or if the truck was not inspected to assure it met required clearance's before being allowed aboard?
 
That bridge has loaded thousands of trucks at far more extreme tides.  I think the trailer did not have proper clearances--if you look carefully at the trailer in the picture, you can see it is very low.  It was some kind of weird "medical imaging" trailer.
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The truck involved was probably worth almost half the monetary value of the ship itself. MRI machine; say, around $14-$18 million or so.

As a result, you are darned sure they were going to accommodate not damaging the truck, no matter how inconvenient the delay to the already loaded passengers. And yeah, heavy, oversized and non-standard shaped trailer. Not your normal load at all. I'm willing to say the fault is a combination or the driver, with the majority landing on the shoulders of the Washington State ferry loadmaster.

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

 

We are going to have a difficult tourist season with the ferries.  The Yakima is running at reduced speeds due to a bent propellor, which cannot be repaired until September.  And then things such as this happen:

 

http://komonews.com/...by-jammed-truck

Read that article...

I wonder if there is a design flaw in the bridge that the truck got stuck on due to tides, or if the truck was not inspected to assure it met required clearance's before being allowed aboard?

 

That bridge has loaded thousands of trucks at far more extreme tides.  I think the trailer did not have proper clearances--if you look carefully at the trailer in the picture, you can see it is very low.  It was some kind of weird "medical imaging" trailer.

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So in that case, they should have not allowed the truck to be loaded aboard...or...the driver should have been aware of the lack of clearance...

Whatever, the hope is that all can learn from that, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent recurrence...


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 10:55 AM

It's already been  mentioned back on a 2013 post, but my favorite Ferry is the SS Badger across Lake Michigan. Have taken it several times now, it's a nice crossing. Took a loop around the Great Lakes a few years back, and even took the bike for a boat ride! 

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:54 PM

I sailed on her back when she was still operated by the C&O Ry.   Took the overnight run in a stateroom.   They used to heavily advertise in the AAA tour books.  Probably still do.

I was looking at recent online photo's, and I see she still has the RR tracks in her car deck.   I saw a picture of a model of her original configuration.  I wonder when they enclosed the bridge wings?


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 06:31 PM

My favorite ferry has to be the (Barberi Class) Staten Island Ferry. I love the route, I love the look, and I love that it's the largest ferry in the world.Staten_island_ferry_2.jpg


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