D6 9U "THE HOOD"
This Cat Train Newsletter is on
the second cat that was sunk with the D6 9U known as the "BISMARK" which was
issue #15 and #16 of the Cat Train Newsletters. So to recap the sinking
story, Kip's son and hired man sunk 2 D6 9U Caterpillar cats when Kip
was at a sportsman's show in the USA promoting his lodge. Kip was
telling me that it is not a good phone call to get when you are so far away
and unable to help. When Kip returned home after the
sportsman show he was unable to recover the 2 sunken cats due to the melting
snow conditions of late spring. It is hard to believe that 2 cats were sunk
together but that is the joys of mother nature, so I'll briefly tell the
With Kip at the
sportsman show in the USA, his son and a hired man ski-dooed out 70 miles from
Ilford, Mb to the lodge.
They were able to get 2 D6 9U cats running and then they hooked up the sleighs
and headed back to Ilford, Mb. Everything was going good until they crossed a
swampy area in which the lead D6 9U cat crossed with ease but the second D6 9U
broke through the thin frozen crust. The first D6 9U to sink has now
been named "THE HOOD" by the King of Obsolete since I name all my cats. The
first cat to cross the swamp now sees the sunken cat in the swamp, so the
operator unhooks the sleighs and returns to help the sunken cat. But this is
when the cat (which I have now named the "BISMARK") sinks in the swamp to
joins the other cat now called "THE HOOD". So with 2 cats sunk in a frozen
swamp the operators return to Ilford, Mb and await Kip's return from the USA.
(December 2004 Kip and the King of Obsolete check out the site of the
Kip arrives on
the scene of the sunken cats and tries everything that 40 years of winter
freighting experience has taught him on how to salvage the sunken cats.
But due to the late spring conditions, Kip is wise and aborts the salvage
mission before he sinks any other cats. The 2 D6 9U cats will be in a
watery grave for 3 years until they are salvaged by a hydro line crew with a
50 ton crane. Kip gets the 2 salvaged cats back to Ilford, Mb where he
realizes that they are too far gone with damage from 3 years under water.
The poor cats "sit with out love" for 8 long years until the King of Obsolete
is given Thompson collection. The first thing I did when I arrived in Ilford, Mb to get the collection ready to be shipped to the KINGDOM in Lynn
Lake, Mb was to pour diesel fuel down every open hole on the cats. So with
the writing of the Cat Train Newsletters, I have named the sunken cats the "BISMARK"
and "THE HOOD" from the World War II battle of the big gun battle ships.
Last winter I worked on
the D6 9U known as the "BISMARK" and wrote two newsletters on the repairs, now
this winter I have worked on the D6 9U known as "THE HOOD". So now that I
have explained the history of the sunken cats, I'll now tell the story of "THE
HOOD". I traveled to Ilford, Mb in late fall of
2004 to load "THE HOOD" on a railcar to ship him out because I can't wait for
the winter road to open in January. This is a simple project, load the "THE
HOOD" and some other collectables on a railcar, then unload them in Thompson,
MB. But the railroad has other plans, a 4 hour trip by train now takes 3.5
weeks plus lots of other problems too! First, I'm loading the railcar and
have "THE HOOD" and other collectables sitting on the railcar and go for a
quick lunch. When I return after lunch, the railcar is gone, the train
stopped and picked it up without any release papers or authorization. This is
not good. "THE HOOD" and the other collectables are not tied down and if the
train stops quickly "THE HOOD" could roll off the railcar to be scrap metal
for sure. So, I phoned the railroad and tell them what has happened and
then they get the train to return with my collectables. But since I complained
on the train crew, they return "the favour" and spot the railcar a 1/4 mile
from where I was working. Nice guys! Now I have to haul all my tools and
stuff to the railcar to finish tying my collectables down.
(the railcar relocated 1/4 from where I was working, it is all tied down
and ready for shipping)
So now that I have complained
on the train crew, they come up with every excuse in the book why my railcar
of collectables is unable to be moved on the next train. One of the excuses
was that my cables for tying down were too loose, but they took the car on a
30 mile trip with no cables or tie downs, some excuse! So after 3.5 weeks of
phone calls and re-adjustments my railcar of collectables finally arrives in
Thompson, Mb in a record snow storm. Buddy Barry and I are really having fun
trying to unload the railcar and get "THE HOOD" and collectables on to Barry's
semi trailer. Now if the railcar arrived 3.5 weeks earlier, we would have
been doing the unloading and loading in short sleeve shirts. The joys of
deals with a company that thinks their "God" and have no idea what customer
Now that buddy
Barry and I finally got "THE HOOD" and the collectables home to the KINGDOM
in Lynn Lake, Mb during a record amount snow fall for the Great White North.
I then get on the internet and start ordering parts from my friend Ed in
Washington state. (he sent me the parts I needed for the "BISMARK"). I then
decide with the record amount of snow fall already in the Great White North, I
should get the little cats up and going first because they are better on the
"not so frozen ground" due to the deep snow insulating the ice. So "THE HOOD"
will have to wait until February to go into the shop for a complete tear down
to see what 3 years in a watery grave plus 8 years on surface with no love
The next issue I'll be telling
about the complete tear down of "THE HOOD" plus "the elephant" that sat on
the hood that covers the engine compartment.