BC RAIL - Blast Mile 130

This is a photo from a large blast on Anderson Lake at Mile 130. We drilled about 600 feet of jackleg holes into a huge, overhanging rock. A slide had fallen out from under the overhang, derailing the Way Freight, so Rock Gang 151 was requestd to remove it. After drilling we loaded the holes with about 300 pounds of high explosives, buried the track, and lit the fuse. The resulting blast was quite spectacular and well worth the effort. The little town of Seton Portage is in the middle distance, and Mission Ridge rises to over 7,000 feet in the distance. The image was also used for the cover of my book RAILWAY ROCK GANG.