• 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
  by Fritz
 
Hello,
Tonight's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 1940 with the following:

RM-1 806
GP40-3 3806
GP40 3004
15 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
2 hi-sided gondola
13 boxcars
15 tank cars

That's 46 cars total, including 38 loads and 8 empties.

To add to the recent westbound load of Hancock Lumber, today's train had a couple of interesting new cars:

1) An eastbound load of Forex Oriented Strandboard (OSB) - I've never seen one of these before. Actually I don't think I've seen any loads of OSB before eastbound or westbound, and

2) An empty CSX boxcar presumably headed back to the paper mills in Maine. I guess this is a sign of the future now that CSX owns Pan Am.

Have a great night,
Fritz
  by NHV 669
 
Was the CSX box one of the smaller ones? I've seen them on 393/394 before, don't think I've ever seen two on one train.
  by Fritz
 
Casey,
Yes, it was a standard 50' boxcar. And you are right: We used to see loaded CSX moving east until about four years ago, but this is the first empty that I have seen going east. Just wondering if we'll start to see more of those coming out of the Maine paper mills.

Tonight's SLQ eastbound 394 reached Norton at 1940 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
QG SD40U 6908
22 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
12 boxcars
20 tank cars
2 hi-sided gondolas

That's 57 cars total, including 51 loads and 6 empties.

Greg,
I also noted that there was another load of Hancock Lumber ready to be pulled from RCP Transit tonight, so I guess they are still loading lumber there as well.
Best,
Fritz
  by Fritz
 
Greg,
So your load of Hancock Lumber unloaded in Madras, Oregon. That is the same place that the loads from RCP Transit also go. Hopefully, we'll see more of those moving west out of Maine (as well as from Island Pond)!

Tonight's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived in Island Pond at 1916 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
GP40-2 3035
QG SD40U 6908
6 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
16 boxcars
28 tank cars

That's 51 cars total, including 49 loads and 2 empties.

I've been seeing quite a few trains with one or two Ontario Northland boxcars lately (it used to be like one or two every six months), and tonight's train also had an old MEC Pine Tree boxcar. It's always nice to see the "heritage" cars.
Have a great night,
Fritz
  by S1f3432
 
Interesting to see Maine white pine lumber being shipped to the pacific north west, an area
well known for lumbering although not the robust industry it used to be. I seem to remember
a siding at Hancock's Bethel mill so dug out my CN New England Lines track diagram book from
1971 and it's shown as X130 P. H. Chadbourne- no idea when it was removed but a lot of sidings
were removed when the big track jobs were going on in the early-mid 70's. I wonder how much
traffic would have to increase to warrant a new siding as opposed to using a traffic forwarder?
  by umtrr-author
 
A little off topic vs. current train movements... My wife and I visited the Gilead, Maine Historical Society on Saturday (6th), on our way to the Maine Coast. They own the original Gilead Depot which has been made into a small museum. That building has a fascinating history! Built in 1851, repurposed by the Grand Trunk several times, saved from demolition and moved to Auburn, Maine, then moved back to Gilead.

Wikipedia Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Former_Gi ... ad_Station
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