A Week Lost in Trail, British Columbia, Canada

The Ford F150 struggled up Kootney Pass (elevation 5400m / 17,715 ft) in Southern, British Columbia as it pulled the eighteen foot trailer loaded down with radio equipment.

Myself and three technicians in two other vehicles had just cleared the last large obstacle before descending down into Salmo, where we would turn south and finish off the 10 hour, one and a half day drive into Trail.

The team was headed to Trail to assemble and install a new 21st century state of the art radio communications system. In another couple of days there would be two more technicians for vehicle installations and a rigging crew to install new transmission lines, and antennas on an existing tower.

A few weeks back there was a decision made by stakeholders within my company to have the Project Manager be in attendance for the rollout of this multimillion dollar installation.

What they didn’t realize is I jumped at this opportunity to travel to site and work with the techs for some hands-on field training.

This installation would last a total of three weeks and everyone worked through the weekends.

With multiple hiccups in the materials shipped down, I was constantly working through logistical issues due to our location. Twice we restored to shipment relay services by our own staff. Product would be shipped to our Calgary shop then a Calgary staff member would make a 4-hour drive to Cranbrook, BC and a tech in Trail would drive the 2.5-hours to meet up, retrieve the parts and drive back.

The client was constantly kept in the loop and understood the transport issues as well as praised our aptitude to forge onward pushing the progress forward each day as we brought down new parts from afar.

One day the client says to me, “I like to think of this place as Industrial ‘Disneyland’,” as he waved his hand in front of us, “with its larger than life vehicles, the lights, catwalks and so much more. You’ll see soon enough.”

Everyday my eyes observed a surreal atmosphere of objects that defied scale, with oversized silos and platforms. I wished more than anything that my eyes were cameras capturing the amazing architecture and movements in front of us.

One day I asked the client if he would mind my taking a few photos for prosperity, and to remember this time spent in “Industrial Disneyland”… he informed it was okay as long as the images did not show any proprietary information. I agreed. Then happily snapped a few dozen images.

What do you think?

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