New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Mon May 22, 2017 9:36 am

The City Manager in Somersworth has a reputation for being a micromanager.
He sure won't be a happy camper. The city probably has a liability insurance
policy to protect against employee miscues, however...
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:35 am

FRA Test Train with the DOTX 216 and 220 with the MEC 600 ready to leave
Dover at 0825 Tuesday 6/13 to test the NHN line to Ossipee. OK to leave
Dover at 0832, I do not recall a six axle locomotive running on the Conway
Branch since the NHN took it over from GRS.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby 690 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:23 am

Don't think there have been six axles on it since the B&M stopped running passenger service.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby eustis22 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:09 am

To Ossipee??? how far up? I thought track was OOS from just north of the pit on?

And what are they testing?
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Hux » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:31 pm

Ossipee meaning to the pit as opposed to the town center itself
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:14 pm

FRA Test train returned to Dover at 1:30PM. NHN crew took the
3825/5509 and 30 empties to the pit for loading. Uncertain if
they will have time to get loaded and make Dover for the usual
departure time of DOBO around 8:00PM. Also, HOS law may be
in the picture.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby bm1838 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:57 pm

Today was the first time a six-axle unit has been up the Conway Branch since the mid 1950s when the E8s were in passenger service. There has been no restriction on the branch, the NHN chose to have 4 axle power over the years. The track south of Rochester is 131/136lb welded and jointed rail. The curves in Rochester and Somersworth have also been widened since NHN rehabbed the track. The 600 ran very nicely though the Conway Branch.

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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:09 am

Wow. I'm surprised that there hasn't been at least one other instance since then ...
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:59 am

Makes sense. B&M never had any six-axle freight diesels, and there was only a very small window of time (two years tops?) in the earliest days of Guilford when they would have had the opportunity to potentially run six-axle units on the branch. But that was also a time period when they were still up to their eyeballs in GP7s, GP9s, GP18s, and various end-cab switchers, all of which probably seemed much more appropriate. Then NHN took over in '86.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:21 am

NHN 3823 was the middle unit on DOBO Wednesday night. Hopefully
whatever "bug" was sidelining it since the overhaul has been rectified.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:34 am

NHN will be on "vacation" the week of July 3rd - 8th,
I do not recall them doing that in the past in JUly.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby bm1838 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:02 am

The NHN will be off, Engineer and Conductor both taking vacation time as well as other members of the railroad. Several workers will still be working the week and Tartaglia will be busy installing 3300+ ties north of Sanbornville which will be helpful with no disruptions from trains during that week. The gravel trains should continue to be 30+ cars for a good period of time as well as possibly running Sundays as well. 3 grade crossings will be rebuilt in July and August which may also disrupt service for a couple of days.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:31 pm

Thanks to the NHN management and train crew for providing a display train
yesterday at the Union NH Heritage Park Railroad Museum event. The train
consisted of the 1801, NHN caboose, a MOW ballast hopper and the 3823.

Nice historical venue in Union, with the station, freight house, snow plow
and caboose.
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:54 pm

Saw a facebook post about the event, indicating Cory himself would be there to talk about railroading. Sounds like everything went well
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Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

Postby newpylong » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:07 am

MEC407 wrote:Makes sense. B&M never had any six-axle freight diesels, and there was only a very small window of time (two years tops?) in the earliest days of Guilford when they would have had the opportunity to potentially run six-axle units on the branch. But that was also a time period when they were still up to their eyeballs in GP7s, GP9s, GP18s, and various end-cab switchers, all of which probably seemed much more appropriate. Then NHN took over in '86.


The D&H Alcos would have been the only possible GTI 6 packs pre 1987 correct?
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