Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by shadyjay » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:40 pm

There's also the pair of EL-painted E8s, stored just south of the station at North Creek, and I believe they're owned by the railroad, but haven't been used yet. Not sure what the plan is for them, if any plan at all.

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:15 pm

I just finished watching the video of the Warren County Public Works Mtg. This is the meeting where S&NC updates the county on what the railroad is doing. Justin presented 1st, as he usually does. On my computer, it is a little difficult to hear him. I'll post the written meeting minutes when they become available so you can get the details. I've posted brief bullets on what Justin presented.

1. There will be a major brush cutting taking place on the Tahawus Branch. This will result in the hiring of 5 seasonal full time employees. They are purchasing a Hi-Rail dump truck and a Jordan Spreader to assist in the work. The brush cutting will go from May to November.

2. There will be a 4,000 ton shipment of stone in May. This will complete the contract with MassDOT for ballast stone. (get your cameras ready)

3. The dome cars are having the upholstery replaced and other improvements made on the interior of the cars.

4. Justin is traveling to Deep River Falls, MN to look at the engine S&NC is purchasing. It's a GP-38 that is being overhauled and is scheduled for delivery to S&NC mid-August.

5. A new coach will soon be put in service. The seats and the interior have been upgraded and a cafe was constructed at one end. The coach that is in service will have the seats, carpeting, and interior replaced or upgraded.

6. Justin is meeting with Canadian Pacific's VP of Marketing to work out freight contract issues. The contract talks are moving forward and are looking positive.

7. The railroad is meeting with the Town of Corinth to finalize the design plans for the new Corinth Station. They hope to break ground in June.

8. The railroad will do improvements to the Hadley and Thurman stations. These include the planting of flowers and shrubs and placing new signs to improve the stations' appearence.

As you can see there is positive news coming from S&NC and not one mention in any newspaper about the good news. You can go on the county's site if you want to view the video yourself.

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by pumpers » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:19 pm

griffs20soccer wrote:
2. There will be a 4,000 ton shipment of stone in May. This will complete the contract with MassDOT for ballast stone. (get your cameras ready)
Don
That's about 40-50 loaded gondolas. Good for some pictures but hardly a game changer. Hopefully this goes smoothly and we will see this traffic increase at least 10 times or more, based on some of the potential numbers SNC has quoted in meetings like this before.
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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by Otto Vondrak » Sun May 03, 2015 5:29 pm

griffs20soccer wrote:You can go on the county's site if you want to view the video yourself.
A link provided as courtesy would be nice. :-)

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Mon May 04, 2015 7:39 am

Here is the link to the county site. Click on the video of the 4-27-15 meeting. The last time I checked the written minutes weren't available yet.

http://www.warrencountyny.gov/gov/comm/public_works/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I'm always nervous about posting links because I'm never sure if they are going to work.
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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Wed May 06, 2015 8:36 am

As reported in Gino's Rail Blog, S&NC moved the 28 loaded coal hoppers to Saratoga for their trip to Glens Falls Cement. The cars were stored on sidings around Corinth. I've attempted to include the link to Gino's Rail Blog. You need to page down to get to the coal movement.

http://ginosrailblog.blogspot.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hope the link works, enjoy.
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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by charlie6017 » Wed May 06, 2015 10:39 am

Both links work great......good work and thank you! :wink:

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Tue May 12, 2015 2:58 pm

I came across this old IPH news letter. The information is dated, but if you are an ALCO fan there are some nice shots of ALCO switcher #821. Fingers crossed the link works.

http://www.iowapacific.com/images/IPD1303.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by traingeek8223 » Tue May 19, 2015 7:51 pm

Report from North Creek Monday 5/18:

All locomotives currently on the railroad were located in North Creek. The two E8s were parked on the Barton siding just north of the yard with the Columbus and Greenville business car and the privately owned Ontario Northland coach. BL2 52 parked on the mainline by it's self just north of engine house lead. Main also occupied by (from north to south); BL2 56, B39-8 8524, S2 851, S1 5. Normal passenger consist on the passing siding next to the station. Bi-levels and a few other cars on stub siding south of the station. About 20 hopper cars on Ordway siding north of town.

The real reportable news is that RS36 5019 was on the engine house track with visible signs of work being preformed. Rumor has it that a set of batteries have been borrowed from one of the E8s in order to fire the engine up and give it a mechanical evaluation to see if it is worth returning to service. If all goes well with the evaluation it will receive new wheels and enter service.
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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Mon May 25, 2015 8:07 pm

Matt,
You were right. The 5019 is being worked on. A member of the S&NC yahoo group took a track car trip with a group to Tahawus. According to this person the S&NC staff confirmed that 5019 is being worked on, new batteries are on hand, and the trucks will be shipped out shortly for rebuild. The hope is to have her back in service by mid-sumer.

The 56 still has a few mechanical issues they are working on. No firm date when she will be brought into service. Add to this the purchase of a GP-38, it makes one wonder on what is on the horizon.

This could make train watching of the S&NC a little more interesting.
Don

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Tue May 26, 2015 8:26 am

As previously promised attached is the link to the minutes of the April Board of Supervisor's meeting. Justin's report is at the very beginning.
Don

http://www.warrencountyny.gov/gov/comm/ ... 3x-1Zo.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by Mass Coastal 2010 » Tue May 26, 2015 2:36 pm

"2. There will be a 4,000 ton shipment of stone in May. This will complete the contract with MassDOT for ballast stone. (get your cameras ready)"

So when will this be shipped out? Anybody have some more info on it?

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by griffs20soccer » Tue May 26, 2015 3:08 pm

Attached is a video of the previously mention coal move from Corinth. It's good to see freight moving on the line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV-55eWi9eI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by charlie6017 » Tue May 26, 2015 4:55 pm

Thanks for sharing.......awesome video! :-D

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Re: Saratoga & North Creek (S&NC) Discussion - 2015

Post by marco » Tue May 26, 2015 6:03 pm

No gates on the highway? No Flagmen? Did I miss something?

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