• Orford Express

  • Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).
Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

Moderator: MEC407

  by jhdeasy
 
The Orford Express has acquired a former Northern Pacific dome sleeper built by Budd in 1954. Some or all of the bedrooms and roomettes have been removed from the car's interior, allowing it to be used for dining. The car (OEXX 310) was in Winnipeg last week and will head east on CP freight trains for interchange with MM&A at St Jean.

Here are some historical photos of the car: http://www.trainweb.org/web_lurker/NP310/

I asked a friend who works for CP if he thought Orford Express would use their two RDCs to tow the dome car. He told me he believed they intended to use a diesel locomotive, probably a switcher or smaller road-switcher.
  by jhdeasy
 
The August 2009 issue of RAILPACE magazine has a picture of a three car Orford Express train, with the dome cut-in between the two RDCs, crosssing a trestle.

Can anyone post a good picture of the dome in its new Orford Express paint scheme?
  by MEC407
 
Nice shots!
  by CN9634
 
Nice! How many cars on #2 Frank?
  by railfan60
 
Thanks for the feedbacks folks. # 2 had 300+ axles at the detector.


Frank
  by MEC407
 
Photo by Michael Berry:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/590129/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by MEC407
 
Photos by Steve Arnot:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/592814/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/593090/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by MACTRAXX
 
Ridgefielder wrote:
MEC407 wrote:Photos by Steve Arnot:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/592814/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/593090/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
An FL9 towing an RDC- shades of Conrail ca. 1979! :-D
...Or MBTA (without the Dome Car) during the 1980s with their "collection" of RDCs from various places...

MACTRAXX
  by MEC407
 
Photo by Steve Arnot:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/593298/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by MEC407
 
Photo by Dannick Fournier:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/593570/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Tadman
 
Do the RDC's still have motors or functional cabs? It seems the train usually runs with bracketed power but not always.