Christopher Bell Archives

Royal Hudson in New Westminster circa 1975 (courtesy: TrainBoard.com)
Royal Hudson in New Westminster circa 1975 (courtesy: TrainBoard.com)

Clang! Clang! Clang! The New Westminster Pier Park train blasts past flashing warning signal after flashing warning signal as the locomotive engineer yells, “More coal! More coal! Keep the throttle wide open!” The train’s passengers are oblivious to the hazards ahead as train porters draw down the window blinds while repeating the refrain, “We’re on schedule and everything is under control.”

Clang! Clang! Clang! “More coal! More coal! Keep the throttle wide open!”

A first warning signal clangs in February 2009 when an environmental study paid for buy the City Of New Westminster espouses a total remediation cost of $1.5 Million. The City announces that the environmental hazards are known, remediation prices fixed and they had negotiated a discount on the purchase price. New project managers soon realized that a complete detailed environmental test had not been done and have now spent the last year testing for toxic soil, contaminated sediments, off-site contamination and toxic vapours. Is there is no joy in the ‘latest’ Detailed Site Investigation report as it is not being made public by the various parties involved? Is the truth out there?

Clang! Clang! Clang! “More coal! More coal! Keep the throttle wide open!”


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