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Vixen Motorhome

Vixen Motorhome

You don’t often think of RVs as being sexy but if there ever was one that fit that description, it’s the Vixen Motorhome. Provocative in both name and appearance, this rare model dates from the mid to late 1980s. We’ve been documenting strange and usual campers, motorhomes and travel trailers for years now and this [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Golden Prairie Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Golden Prairie Saskatchewan

Here’s a rather rare sight these days, a wooden grain elevator, still in use, sitting along a prairie branch line that still sees trains. Twenty years ago this would be nothing unusual, but today, in times of grain company consolidations, mergers and closings and the wholesale abandonment of lightly used railway lines, it’s down right [...]

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Lethbridge Alberta Viaduct

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Lethbridge Alberta Viaduct

The Canadian Pacific Railway’s massive Lethbridge Viaduct, or High Level Bridge as it’s more often called, is over a century old and is a holder of many North American and World records. Most noteworthy, it’s the highest and longest steel railway trestle on the planet. A sight to behold, it’s on such a scale that [...]

Jumpingpound Loop

Jumpingpound Loop

With both Connie and myself feeling a bit under the weather, we decided that a short n’ easy hike was in order this day. Fitting the bill was Jumpingpound Loop in the Sibbald area of Kananaskis. It’s a not a terribly exciting outing, there are few places where the trail is not in the trees, [...]

Bolers at the Trillium factory

Bolers at the Trillium factory

Trillium trailers today are made at Team Trillium Manufacturing in Calgary. At least they were up until very recently – the company has been forced to move and has not yet found a new location. In addition to making “Outback Trilliums” as they are called, they repair all manner of small fibreglass trailers, including of [...]

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Lethbridge Alberta

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Lethbridge Alberta

In case you’ve not seen one of our trademark then and now posts before, we take an old image supplied to us by a reader of the BIGDoer blog and then we visit the location seen to document what things look like today. But that’s not all. We usually go a step further and do [...]

Legends of the Fall - then and now

Legends of the Fall – then and now

Our goal this glorious blue sky day was to find and photograph the cemetery scene location from the film Legends of the Fall. It was not an easy task. The site is obscure and undocumented, although we had a rough idea where it was located, and we knew that given its remote location getting there [...]

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions #41

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions #41

Today we’ll be looking at a vintage steam locomotive. Located in Stettler Alberta, this near century old machine, number #41, is still hard at work and is used to pull train loads of tourists down a scenic railway line. It belongs to the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion company and is one of two engines in [...]

Over the fence Boler

Over the fence Boler

This Boler was found parked in a fenced-in compound in a gritty industrial area of Calgary, in June 2014. We’ve been seeing a lot of these 17 foot models lately, more then we would normally expect. You’ll notice we still use the old imperial system when referring to these trailers. That form of measurement was [...]

River of No Return

River of No Return

If you’ve been following the BIGDoer blog, you have no doubt seen some of our trademark “then and now” posts. For these, we take an old photo, postcard or scene from a film and visit the location seen to document how things look today and then post it all here for you to view. Most [...]

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