St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by NHV 669 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:59 pm

Ballast run ended up using the 3014 instead, due to mechanical issues with the 3035.

No 390s tonight.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by oibu » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:55 am

Fritz or others, when does 394 typically depart island pond? Thanks

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:16 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 reached the U.S. Canada border at Norton at 0830 with the following:

GP40-2 3035
GP40-2 3008
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
4 centerbeam flats
8 hi-cube boxcars
1 boxcar
10 propane cars
34 tank cars!
9 covered hoppers

That's 66 cars total, including 12 loads and 44 empties.

Meanwhile, 8 more loads of ballast are waiting to head east at East Brighton.

oibu, the SLR 394 generally departs Island Pond eastbound sometime between 1900 and 2100.
Best,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by oibu » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:29 am

Thanks Fritz. If only it was a few hours earlier!

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:02 am

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0802 with the following:

RM-1 804
GP40-3 3805
11 centerbeam flats
2 covered hoppers
17 propane cars
7 tank cars
5 hi-cube boxcars

That's 42 cars total, including 4 loads and 38 empties.

Crossing work continues in Island Pond with new control boxes being installed.
Have a great day,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by NHV 669 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:08 pm

3105 took the ballast cars east through Gorham at 1951.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:05 am

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0749 with the following:

RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
GP40-2 3007
GP40-3 3806 (dead in tow)
4 centerbeam flats
3 hi-cube bxcoars
4 boxcars
20 propane cars
7 tank cars
2 hi-sided gondolas
2 covered hoppers

That's 42 cars total, including 6 loads and 36 empties.

It looks like the crossing work is completed in Island Pond.
Best,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:38 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 crested the divide between the Pherrins and Coaticook Rivers at the old station site of Summit at 0755 with the following:

QG GP40-2W 3014
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
12 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
4 covered hoppers
10 hi-cube boxcars
1 boxcar
5 tank cars
15 propane cars

That's 48 cars total, including 11 loads and 37 empties.
Have a great weekend,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by CN9634 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:51 am

Should start seeing much more propane than last year

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:54 pm

CN9634,
I've heard that the propane alone will cause/allow SLR to run trains five days per week this winter. I hope it happens!
Best,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by gokeefe » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:28 pm

That's really good news. This railroad needs to succeed in order to help maintain options for shippers.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by NHV 669 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:12 pm

Absolutely, George. You've got at least one customer in three states and then the Canadian traffic that relies on the existence of this road to do business.

I was quite worried myself, with the period of trains that at times was under 20 cars, but investment on CWR for their section of track in NH, and the heap of work that track crews have done this summer/fall along the line to include multiple crossing rebuilds in Maine shows that this line has a solid future.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:59 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at a more reasonable time of 0753 with the following:

RM-1 804
GP40-3 3805
GP40-2 3008
GP40-3 3806
RM-1 806
4 centerbeam flats
1 boxcar
1 covered hopper
12 propane cars
11 tank cars
1 SLR side-dump gondola

That's 30 cars total, all empties.

The 3806 and 806 were dead in tow, apparently they are headed to CAD in Montreal for mechanical work. Interestingly, all four trucks on the two units were recently repainted black (now if they would just paint the rest of the locomotives).

Also of interest was the blue ex-Corinth & Counce boxcar (now marked BKTY).

Finally, I understand that the rail work in Quebec will continue into next week, so trains will be leaving Island Pond early (on duty at 0500) and arriving in Island Pond later in the evening. I don't know where the work is being done.
Best,
Fritz

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by NHV 669 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:53 am

Fritz,

The work area is between Waterville and Lennoxville. They want 393 through, before starting work for the day. The Saturday OD is as normal, the crew does not work weekends.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by Fritz » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:35 pm

Thanks, Casey!
I figured it was somewhere south of Windsor but was not sure where.

By the way, no road trains tomorrow (Monday) night as it is Thanksgiving (in Canada).
Best,
Fritz

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