• 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
 
Hello,
Last night's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 1927 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
GP40-2 3035
6 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
10 boxcars
26 hi-cube boxcars
10 tank cars
5 covered hoppers

That's 58 cars total, including 35 loads and 23 empties.

What was very interesting were the 19 empty boxcars and 4 empty BNSF covered hoppers. The boxcars were all ones that typically load at the Maine paper mills.

By the way, it is my understanding that they will be running again tonight.
Have a great day,
Fritz
  by CN9634
 
BNSF hoppers are coming out of Ardent in Ayer, MA with some 'borrowed' cars off the unit grain trains. Going up to somewhere in Quebec can't remember off hand.
  by Fritz
 
CN9634,
Thanks for the info. We were wondering if they were unloading at Upton, Quebec on the SLR ... or maybe going to a destination on CN.

I had hoped to catch this morning's 393 but slept in, but I did catch last night's SLQ eastbound 394, which arrived in Island Pond at 1933 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
GP40-3 3803
RLHH SD40-2 3403
10 centerbeam flats
2 covered hoppers
17 boxcars
16 tank cars

That's 45 cars total, including 41 loads and 4 empties. After spotting 7 loads at RCP and pulling 5 propane cars from one of the yard tracks, they headed east at 2020.
Have a great weekend,
Fritz
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
Tonight's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived into Island Pond at 1915 with the following:

RM-1 806
GP40-3 3806
GP40-2 3035
7 centerbeam flats
3 hi-cube boxcars
15 tank cars
3 hi-sided gondolas

That's 28 cars total, all loads.
Have a great night,
Fritz
  by NHV 669
 
It's been what, six years since the last "loneliest delivery" was made to B&M beans? Now the plant is done, too.

https://wgme.com/news/local/portlands-h ... -100-years
Last edited by NHV 669 on Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
After spotting 6 loads at RCP, last night's SLR eastbound 394 departed Island Pond at 1941 with the following:

GP40-2 3047
GP40 3004
GP40-2 3007
1 covered hopper
21 boxcars
18 tank cars

That's 40 cars total, including 38 loads and 2 empties.
Have a great Labor Day weekend,
Fritz
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
Last night's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 2025 with the following:

QGRY SD40U 6904
GP40-3 3804
RM-1 804
18 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
19 tank cars
1 covered hopper
15 boxcars

That's 54 cars total, including 41 loads and 13 empties. Apparently, there is quite a backlog of cars bound for the SLQ/SLR due to the CN collision in Prescott, Ontario last week.
Have a great day,
Fritz
  by trainiac
 
I'm late in posting this, but I've caught SLR 394 a few times recently.

The first was on September 3, when I caught 394 coming home from work in Lennoxville, so for old time's sake I went to the hill along Courval road near Waterville, QC, to watch it where I used to watch trains all the time (until I moved away 13 years ago). It had 3047-3004-3007 and 46 cars; only the last two units were running, in notch 8 heading into the grade. Picture below (it came through around 5 PM).

The second was on September 7 - the train Fritz reported above. I was out cycling and was passing through Sherbrooke, QC (near King St.) as it came through. There's a bike route parallel to the rail line on the opposite side of the St. Francis river, so instead of watching, I decided to race it to Lennoxville (about 4.5 miles). I ended up getting there 5 minutes ahead of it - credit the 10 mph speed limits at several urban road crossings.

The third was today. I was out cycling (again) this time with a cycling buddy, and we headed toward Waterville (from home in North Hatley) with the vague hope of catching 394. Sure enough, just as we approached Courval road we heard an approaching horn blast, so we waited for it to arrive a few minutes later (around 5:15 PM). It had 806-3806-3035 and 35 cars - short enough that it was only in notch 8 on the steepest part of the grade. Similar mix of cars to other recent trains (mainly loaded centerbeams, LPG and boxcars). I noted that 806 has a different horn than in the past - not sure when it was changed (haven't seen it often enough) but many years ago it had a K5LA with only 3 bells (missing 2 and 4).
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  by CN9634
 
Thanks for the updates as always from north of the border. Not sure if you have any insight but I am curious if CP is upgrading the Diamond/signal system at Lennoxville as part of their CMQ refresh or not.
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
To add to Michael's excellent post from north of the border ...

Last night's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 1929 with the following:

RM-1 806
GP40-3 3806
GP40-2 3035
8 centerbeam flats
14 tank cars
13 boxcars

That's 35 cars total, including 29 loads and 6 empties.

Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed the Pond at 0733 with the following:

RM-1 805
GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3805
3 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
4 boxcars
12 tank cars

That's 20 cars total, including 1 load and 19 empties.

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful day today!
Best,
Fritz
  by trainiac
 
CN9634 wrote:Thanks for the updates as always from north of the border. Not sure if you have any insight but I am curious if CP is upgrading the Diamond/signal system at Lennoxville as part of their CMQ refresh or not.
I haven't noticed any changes, but then I haven't recently gone near the signals to check them out. I'll try to remember next time I'm in Lennoxville (which is all the time).

It does seem there's still a fair amount of interchange traffic with the SLR (as there was when CMQ owned the line). Lots of cars in both Sherbrooke yards whenever I go by, and both roads use two (sometimes three) units when switching (MMA only ever used a single unit). CP has also been upgrading the mainline with new tie plates and welded rail.
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
It is my understanding that CP delivers to SLQ at Sherbrooke three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). That is why Saturday morning's SLQ 393 usually stops there to pick up cars.

Last night's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond around 2105 with the following:

GP40-3 3803
RM-1 803
GP40 3004
4 centerbeam flats
2 boxcars
15 covered hoppers
13 tank cars

That's 34 cars total, all loads.

I am hearing that the 393/394 will go back to four nights per week (M Tu Th F) starting week after next.
Have a great day,
Fritz
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