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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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