• St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

  • For discussion of the various Class II and III Lines of the Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Railroad Holding Co. short-lines which do not have their own forums as noted:

    Providence and Worcester

    Their website is here: GWRR.com
    A list of their holdings is here: Wikipedia List
For discussion of the various Class II and III Lines of the Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Railroad Holding Co. short-lines which do not have their own forums as noted:

Providence and Worcester

Their website is here: GWRR.com
A list of their holdings is here: Wikipedia List
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  by Fritz
 
toolmaker (Gary),
Thanks for asking. Yes, I am doing well, just overly busy these days on multiple fronts (work, family, etc.). I've been catching a few trains now and then. SLR 393/394 have been running fairly consistently 40-60 cars but often only run three days per week (most often missed night is Friday, as happened this week). Hopefully, things will settle down and I'll get back to some more detailed reports! I hope everyone's summers are going well.
All the best,
Fritz
  by CN9634
 
LPG is the story of the time for the SLR, Irving is up and going and Dead River is expanding.

One is curious, if/when the CSX deal takes hold will SLR increase overhead traffic from the SLQ paper mills in Canada (Domtar and Kruger) that currently may route out CN.

Conceptually there is likely some traffic that goes/comes from the West or South off SLQ but could be competitive to CSX. Adds more options direct to the toolkit anyways, probably nothing seismic but would be be nice to see more overhead traffic going south to fill out the 90s south of the border. The 90s north of Richmond of course being 6-days a week and quite large, it's basically a whole different RR on SLQ.
  by Cosakita18
 
Plans are advancing to redevelop the East Deering-Danville RoW into a regional recreational trail. The Town of Yarmouth has voted to support further study of repurposing the corridor. Falmouth, North Yarmouth and Cumberland are also expected to vote on this in the near future.

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/07/20/ ... ail-trail/
In order for the trail to be considered, the rail company Genesee and Wyoming must formally abandon an easement maintained at no cost through MaineDOT, although the rail hasn’t been in use since 2015. The state would then be able to seek input through an advisory council on future uses for the land.
  by S1f3432
 
393 has run Mon-Wed-Thurs this week. Here is 393 rolling through greater downtown Bryant Pond tonight
at 2010 with Eng 3035-3803-803-3046 and 10 boxcars.
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  by Fritz
 
Hello,
Tonight's eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 1959 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
GP40 3004
8 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
4 covered hoppers
14 tank cars
17 boxcars/hi-cube boxcars

That's 44 cars total, all loads. No nice photos like Greg's photo of 393 tonight!

Starting next week, there will only be one regularly scheduled crew running Monday and Thursday nights; other trains will be run off the spare board.
Best,
Fritz
  by S1f3432
 
Thanks Fritz- seems like every evening I head out with a camera the clouds start rolling in about an
hour before sunset. How is just one crew going to work? Are they going to make the complete round
trip the same day or go one way one day and back the next?
  by Fritz
 
Greg,
Yes, that was my experience last night: beautiful evening night until I rounded the bend headed north to Norton Pond and then clouds and rain. Only a brief glimpse of sun and rainbows as 394 approached Island Pond.

Sorry that wasn't clear. One crew will work from Richmond to Island Pond on Mondays and Thursdays and (after an overnight) work back to Richmond on Tuesdays and Thursdays ... just like they do now. However, they are eliminating the second crew that used to work east on Tuesdays and Fridays (and back west on Wednesdays and Saturdays). They will still run at least one more train each week but the crew will be off the spare board. The Island Pond and Lewiston Junction crews will still run their turns on Monday and Thursday nights as well as whatever other nights they run trains. Hopefully, that's a little more clear.
Have a great weekend,
Fritz
  by S1f3432
 
Thanks for the explanation Fritz. I wasn't sure how the Canadian side worked- I knew the crews used
to overnight in Island Pond back in the CN days but didn't know if they still did or had a different arrangement
as it's only 70 miles. The US side is completely changed from what it was as a seven day a week operation
used three crews in rotation in a three day cycle- east day one, west day two, third day off, repeat cycle.
Makes me wonder about the long term sustainability of this operation as the primary traffic base is LPG and
with the big government/environment lobby push to electrify everything.....!
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