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LIFTING 705

Original pen & ink drawing issued May-June 2002

Image size 4.8" high by 7.8" wide (122 mm by 200 mm)
(Low resolution image illustrated)

For a number of years I worked for B.C. Rail on their Rock Gangs, doing a variety of work related to maintenance of way, such as scaling cliffs, blasting, felling trees, drilling and bolting rocks, and occasionally working on major projects like heavy salvage. This drawing shows the north end of unit 705 as two salvage cranes hoist it onto a flat car, where Armand the carman is directing both cranes.

This tense moment is the culmination of weeks of difficult effort to pull three locomotives out of Cheakamus Canyon, into which they had been de-railed by a rock slide. Extremely cold weather, snow, ice, tight clearances, steep slopes, and the distance of the fallen locomotives from the track (not to mention their weight, at about 150 tons each) all combined to make the entire salvage project a serious challenge to the large number of men and crews working on it.

This drawing has been exhibited twice, at the Architectural Institute of B.C., and at the Daily Grind Cafe, Vancouver. Sean Rossiter reviewed the AIBC exhibition in his column in the Georgia Straight, September 18 - 26 2002, referring to this drawing in particular as "The best of his four riveting little pen-and-ink compositions pictures the salvage of Locomotive 705 from Cheakamus Canyon".

It is drawn with Pilot DR pigment ink pens, on OPUS coated drawing paper, 150 gsm weight. The paper is 15% rag and 85% alpha cellulose acid free, manufactured for OPUS by the company that makes the paper that Canadian money is printed on. The drawing is archivally matted with acid free 4-ply matteboard and liner, and framed in a 16" x 20" OPUS metal exhibition frame.

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