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After landing in Halifax, Zeus was off to Dartmouth in order to take up his position as Gunnery instructor and I was off to find transport to Ottawa to check in.  While in Halifax I noticed the crude being unloaded into fuel cars, all nice bright and shiny Blue tank cars!  Would never work in a war zone, it brought home to me how distant I was from the actual fighting, but men (and women) were in uniform everywhere. image.thumb.png.d4ae71c8160cafabcdd7f0bc26a5e2ce.png

The poor little Plymouth T95 was really struggling to get these cars shunted!

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So off to the railyard I went to see if there was a troop train or a luxury sleeper car available heading for Ottawa....   No such luck, I was sent to this load, going to the States by way of Ottawa, they were short the fireman (I thought I would stand around with a fire extinguisher in case of fire, not have to make fire by shovelling coal).

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And lo and behold, what did we hook up to?  You guessed it...

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Upon reaching Ottawa I was directed by the Prevost Marshall to a warehouse on the edge of the rail yard.  My orders for transport had caught up with me and I was directed to drive myself to Portage in Manitoba to take up my Flight Instructor role.  I felt that this was perfect as long as it wasn't a fuel truck.

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What the....   Seems like someone in Defense had a sense of humour, it was a Russian Zilf, but why the crane?

So

 

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So off I drove to Brandon, weather was good, truck performed perfectly but very slowly....   Hmm why the crane?

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So this leg was done using Derail Valley for the Rail journey, using Canadian National Railway #6043 a 4-8-2 Mountain locomotive, that served until 1960 and was the last scheduled steam train in Canada, it now resides in Assiniboine Park (close to my house) and is a  traditional meeting spot for my family on the July 1 fireworks.  The truck portion was driven from Ottawa to Brandon (just south of Portage, the British Commonwealth Air Training Program.  Now the fun should begin!

 

 

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