Day 6 – Blogging U – Photography 101 – Connection

Day 6 – Blogging U – Photography 101 – Connection

Todays post is about connection.

I chose to illustrate the importance of our connections especially transportation conduits. To demonstrate the effects when they no longer connect.

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This photo was taken of the Bonnybrook Bridge just after it failed in 2013 and shows the damage to the bridge when the footing gave way.   At the time of failure the cars crossing the bridge were carrying a diluting agent used in the oil fields.  The derailment forced the evacuation of an area of approximately one kilometre square around the bridge.  We are lucky, we live approximately three kms from the site.  During the days following the accident, our neighbourhood was silent,  eerily so.  No trains, no cars no traffic sounds at all.   Our neighbourhood is connected to Calgary by two bridges and one old road that goes south.    We could not to into town using either of the bridges, we had to take a very round route using the old road. Me I stayed home, out of road.

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The second photo was taken today showing the final repairs in process.


9 thoughts on “Day 6 – Blogging U – Photography 101 – Connection

      • It isn’t as scary as it sounds. We have lived close to the tracks since 1989 and other than the flood two years ago have had no concerns. I love trains, the sound of their rollicking wheels rolling past. Some nights they sing to each other and I wonder what they are saying. Many people find their sounds to be intrusive, but not me. We don’t expect to use our evacuation bags, but since the flood and the many recent reports of devastating train incidents in the USA and in Canada, it makes sense to us to be prepared, like Girl Guides or Scouts. In love and light Cheryle

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  1. The Federal government, both sides of border. Has de-regulated train traffic. Allowed company’s like CP Rail to cut back on manpower and inspections of track. If the government would take over just the track and open it up, like any other highway. To anyone with an engine, to use. We would see, better maintenance and more traffic, hauling goods and passengers. I too live within a few blocks of the track. I hear trains, especially at night and count off the crossings as they blow for them. I know that the operator is not always blowing, whistle, as dictated by law. Cheers Jamie.

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    • It is awful what the governments have done. De-regulation in any industry has not proven to be a benefit to anyone but the owners pockets.
      Competition always allows the cream to rise to the top. However when one company owns all of the infrastructure it is difficult for others “to get on board” so to speak.

      I was so sad when the took away the cabooses, a place where the workers could go and get rest between their shifts. Now they have no place set aside for them to eat or rest, have no schedule that is reliable and many are tired from being on-call for undetermined periods due to delays. The unions have no power and the company just look for profit, not service to their customers or safety for their crews and the public. I used to have to deal with CP when I was a customer service rep for a third party logistic company. CP was terrible, their drivers couldn’t back up their trucks to properly align with the loading gates, tells you what their training standards were like and their customer service was no better.
      It is a sad thing. 😦 My grandfather was an engineer and I loved running out as the trains past by to wave and feel the rumble of their wheels. Today, the operators don’t wave back. In love and light Cheryle


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