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Benjamin Washout!!!

The Benjamin Daily News

“After all the rain we received last month the rivers and creeks rose well past flood levels. Benjamin was badly hit and all the rails were washed out. The town survived but the  industrial area was pretty well destroyed by the rushing current. Benjamin’s mayor Benjamin, “Benny”, as the town knows him by, said “The only saving grace was this area was only under it’s first stage of growth and no structures were built in the flood hit area.”  With the anticipation of the Railroad coming, the folks in town are a little worried as to whether this may cause the railroad to abandon their plans. They are all counting on the new jobs that the railroad will bring to their town. After a meeting with “Benny” and Roy Wolf (Wolf Valley Railroad owner) this rumour was quickly put to rest. Wolf  said “With the help of the town, equipment has been brought in to redirect the creek and build dykes around the town. This work is almost done and the railroad has started to relay the track.” Wolf also added that this was actually a blessing in disguise. “Big things are being planned for Benjamin and if the town does everything they are planning, we were more than likely going to have to realign the trackage in town for them anyway. Now we are helping plan a better future for Benjamin.”

 

Benjamin Realignment

 

Holy Moley I’m Slow

Seems to be my theme huh? 🙂

Eventually I will get this blog up to date with where I’m at on my layout. Still hand-laying my yard but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for sure.

With the MFMR Convention our group was putting on it has taken most of my extra time to concentrate on that and getting my layout (or what I have for a layout) ready for the layout tours.  (Here is a couple video’s taken with my IPhone, video not the greatest).

 

 

I can’t really explain as to what you are looking at here as I have never before seen such a thing!  I was sitting here with Roy Wolf (owner and CEO of Wolf Valley RR) having a coffee in the newly built Depot at Cole. We were discussing the business plan for WVRR and the slow proccess each town is having at getting their businesses ready for the railroad. “Do they not realize this will only help them grow? Do they not believe in you?” I ask. The line is connected now at each end to two of CNR’s yards and future plans to connect to a CPR line via a car barge. The headline of the Benjamin Times says “Its 1948 AND Still No Trains for the WVRR?” Wolf says with a grin “I guess they think I’m a little slow huh?”  It was right about then the ground started rumbling and shaking and a sound I have never heard before in my life was getting closer. As we stepped outside of the depot we saw something that could only be described as something from outer space or maybe the future. These large black and red things that look like a locomotive but were nothing like what I have ever seen before came rumbling through Cole on the new rail. I have no idea what these things were hauling behind them but they looked like some sort of a container. The only thing I recognized was a Canadian Tire logo, but not the one from the store over in Benjamin. As we stood there watching it go around the corner and still wondering what we just witnessed the ground shook a little more. Another “Thing” coming up the line from the East. These two are just as big and all red in colour. They had Canadian Pacific written on the side of them hauling a long line of some sort of hopper car that I have never seen before. We couldn’t see what was in the cars but the smell of rotten eggs permeated from them. This train seemed to go on forever and ever before it too went around the bend. I looked at Roy with a bewildered look and asked if he knew what we just saw. He turned to go back inside to finish his paper and coffee and said looking back at me “The Future my Boy, the future.” He picked up his paper again, took a sip of coffee and said with a smile “I guess the Benjamin Times will have something to write about now, huh?”

Wolf Valley RR The Speculation is Over

Yes you read it right Folks “The speculation is over!!!!!” The Benjamin Daily reported that yesterday, Roy Wolf, Owner and CEO of Wolf Valley Railroad, was in town to make a major announcement. When asked if there really was going to be a railway coming to our area Wolf stepped up on the podium, gave the onlookers a wink, smiled and nodded. “Yes Folks, there is a train a comin’!”

 

“As you know there has been a lot of talk, and yes, scepticism, for a few years about a railroad.” Wolf says with a grin. “In that time there has been a whole lot of planning and negotiating with landowners, communities and Canadian National Railway.  Folks it is finally here!  As most of you know the terrain around here can be very hard to negotiate and we tried very hard to accommodate the communities that would best suit the new Railroad. Today I would like to announce the first three communities to benefit from the rails. First up will be the Village of Cole. This will come as no surprise as it is next to my family’s valley where we will be building a yard and facility as rail traffic builds. The next town to join our railroad will be your very own town of Benjamin.” Wolf takes a drink of water while he waits for the cheers to subside before he continues. “This only made sense as you are the largest community in our region with the most to gain. The last parish to be announced will be Keaton. Yes it is small but this parish is perfectly positioned to connect with CNR’s Canadaisle division and connecting us to the outside world and opening up and endless amount of possibilities for us all.  My road gangs have been working secretly for the past while blasting, digging and filling unbeknown to the public and you will soon see the rails in each of these communities. I have already spoken with each of the community’s officials and plans are now in the works to start building stations for passengers as this will be the first revenue traffic created by the railroad. This means you will be able to take those trips to the big cities a lot faster and easier. Soon you will also see other commodities such as lumber, perishables and other needed supplies for each of our communities. As each community starts to grow and expand we will also be able to export our own goods to the rest of the world. We see this as a big economic boost for this region.

 

For now we have negotiated with CNR to allow them temporary trackage rights on our line.  All this means is until we can purchase our own fleet of locomotives and equipment, all equipment will be supplied by the CNR.

 

Folks it looks like the future is getting brighter for our region and for those wanting to stay here for generations to come.  All I can say about the future for now is, it is looking much brighter and Wolf Valley Railroad is planning for that future.

 

Although it will still take time, I can assure you there is a future for you and your children right here in our very own region as Wolf Valley Railroad grows and expands. For now, please check with your local community leaders to see what you can do to help develop our region into a flourishing and successful one.

 

I can see a lot of construction jobs happening right away and we will be looking for Railroad men in the near future as well.” Wolf says with a wink as he steps of the podium and instantly gets surrounded by the excited town folks of Benjamin. I’m sure by the sounds of this; we will hear a lot more from this new railroad company in the future.