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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by riffian » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:46 am

That car is an absolute gem. Happy to see its found a good home.

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by riffian » Fri May 03, 2019 1:21 pm

This month's Railpace magazine is reporting that the last piece of Bay Coast equipment, GP-15 no. 400, has been moved off-line by Buckingham Branch and replaced with one of their own units. The 400 was the long time (10 plus years anyway) regular Little Creek engine. It has been taken to Metro Industries in St Louis for overhaul and repainting. Unit was originally Frisco 115, later BN 1390, then BN 1490, then Leasing Partners (LLPX) finally to BCR as 400. The report further states that the unit will be painted cascade green. Not sure what the significance of that color might be nor do I know what BB paints their other units. Still several active customers on the Little Creek side requiring a five day a week crew, at least during Bay Coast days.

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by RailVet » Fri May 03, 2019 2:04 pm

There's more here:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... cade-green" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Minnesota short line revives Burlington Northern's Cascade green
By Steve Glischinski | January 29, 2019

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Burlington Northern’s Cascade green paint scheme was consigned to history with BN’s merger with Santa Fe in 1995, but the colors are making a comeback on Minnesota short line Northern Lines Railway. Two GP15-1s are being overhauled for service on the railroad and painted in a version of BN’s Cascade green colors. Northern Lines was formed in 2005 by Anacostia Rail Holdings Company to operate about 25 miles of mainly ex-Great Northern trackage in the St. Cloud area.

The railroad has relied on GP7 and GP9 rebuilds since start up, but that is about to change. Former Chicago & North Western GP15-1 No. 4413, now NLR No. 422, has been repainted in Cascade green by Mid-America Car in Kansas City, Mo., but has not yet been accepted by the railroad. No. 400, ex-St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) No. 115, is being overhauled at Metro East Industries in East St. Louis and will join No. 422 in Cascade green when completed. This will be the second time the unit will wear BN green. After BN merged Frisco into its system in 1980, the unit was repainted Cascade green and renumbered BN 1390. It became BNSF No. 1490, then was sold to Locomotive Leasing Partners (LLPX). It worked for several years at the Bay Coast Railroad as its number 400.

Northern Lines Railway President Justin Chalich said, “We needed newer, more reliable locomotives. The two GP15s will replace older locomotives, No. 400 and No. 1411. Both have worked hard since they were built in 1952 and 1950, respectively. Northern Lines Railway operates over former Great Northern trackage. We wanted to recognize that heritage by retaining Burlington Northern’s Cascade Green color scheme, he said.

The Cascade green scheme was developed in the 1960s by the New York industrial design firm of Lippincott & Margulies. It was meant to represent the forest country of the Northwest that would be served by the new Burlington Northern, as well as the timber industry, one of the railroad’s major customers. The first unit to wear green was Chicago, Burlington & Quincy GP40 No. 629 in August 1968, painted in an experimental scheme with a wide white stripe along the body and narrow V-stripes on the nose. In the final version of the scheme, the white flanking strip was eliminated (except on passenger units with the stripe narrowed) while four 45-degree white stripes replaced the V-stripes on the nose. Repainting of BN’s diesel fleet began after the merger in March 1970 and was completed in September 1977.

NLR’s primary commodities are aggregates, building products, chemicals, coal, food products, lumber, manufactured goods, paper, scrap, steel and stone. In 2012, Archer Daniels Midland constructed a shuttle loading grain elevator on NLR’s Cold Spring/Rockville line between Waite Park and Rockville, Minn.

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by riffian » Fri May 03, 2019 2:48 pm

Well that explains it (in a most detailed fashion).

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by RailVet » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:55 am

https://www.rtands.com/freight/soon-to- ... s-program/

Soon-to-be abandoned track in Va. might be turned over to rails-to-trails program

The railroad company that owns a line around the eastern shore of Virginia is petitioning to abandon the route. The move has officials wondering what they want to do with the land.

Canonie Atlantic Company currently operates the 49.1-mile stretch of track that includes a car float operation from Cape Charles to Norfolk, Va. Cassatt Management LLC, representing Canonie, plans to file a petition to walk away from the line. The 40-ft-wide stretch runs parallel to Route 13 in most places. Canonie has been leasing the track to Bay Coast Railroad, which has not operated on it since April 30, 2018.

Cassatt will file an environmental and historic report on or after July 15. In the meantime officials are trying to figure out the next steps once the land officially becomes vacant. The Canonie Atlantic board wants to partner and place the line in the rails-to-trails program.

Donald Hart Jr., who chairs both the Accomack-Northampton Transportation Commission and the Canonie Atlantic board, wants to try to keep working segments of the rail active, but says the move will require a lot of maintenance. “We can’t afford to keep maintaining something that is not being used,” he said.

Canonie believes the land is perfect for the rails-to-trails program because the right-of-way is flat and relatively straight.

Bill Wilson, Railway Track & Structures, July 2, 2019

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by riffian » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:54 am

This month's (July) Railfan magazine has a photo of Bay Coast 400 in its sharp new garb. Page 24.

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Post by riffian » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:25 am

Trains magazine news article, a bit on the old news side:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... t-railroad

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