St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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Their website is here: GWRR.com
A list of their holdings is here: Wikipedia List

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

Postby Fritz » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:01 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0806 with the following:

GP40-2 3008
QGRY SD40U 6904
GP40-3 3803
RM-1 803
8 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
7 boxcars
14 hi-cube boxcars
2 tank cars
37 propane cars
1 covered hopper

That's 70 cars total,including 4 loads and 64 empties. Lots of propane empties, probably due to the early spell of coldness (spell = last two months!).
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:17 pm

21 boxcars ... impressive. I will not be surprised if those car counts continue to increase.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby CN9634 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:53 pm

gokeefe wrote:21 boxcars ... impressive. I will not be surprised if those car counts continue to increase.


How is this impressive? They run 4 days a week with huge swings from 30 cars to 70 cars. Remember, right now it's the busy season with LPG, otherwise pretty pathetic. The Canadian side of the RR keeps the whole operation afloat at this point.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:24 pm

Seems as though it's been 5 days, at least for the last two weeks.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:16 am

CN9634 wrote:How is this impressive?


Relative comparison to early last year when the boxcar tally was almost 0.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby CN9634 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:55 am

gokeefe wrote:
CN9634 wrote:How is this impressive?


Relative comparison to early last year when the boxcar tally was almost 0.


That is incorrect, SLR has been hauling pulp into Mechanic Falls (NEPW) and paper out of South Paris (also NEPW) with spot loads of pulp going to IP and you guessed it, NEPW in Auburn all along now-- all in boxcars (lots of 60' plate F from CN, TTX and 60' plate C from NS). Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it hasn't been happening, and they tend to come in waves as the sighting here (IE no boxcars for a few trains, then 20 or more all at once) due to how the shipments are setup.

My conclusion-- To make a determination such as this you need a larger data set, not just a few data points.

It is a busy period for the SLR no doubt (due to LPG), but as of yet I haven't seen any routings of export pulp over SLR (to my point above, doesn't mean it isn't happening, all I've seen recording however are going to NJ via ST-PAS-CSXT).
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:52 am

Is NJ the final destination before it heads to China? I fail to see how pulp that they're paying for would be routed heading in the opposite direction.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby CN9634 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:18 pm

NHV 669 wrote:Is NJ the final destination before it heads to China? I fail to see how pulp that they're paying for would be routed heading in the opposite direction.


Port for export. NJ has a lot of them and Balterm (Baltimore) as well is a large pulp specialized port. In year's past, Portland, Searsport and Canadian ports have handled this but their either uninterested or unable at present time.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:14 pm

How was it going out via Searsport? Container transload somewhere?
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:39 pm

Over the past month or so I've noticed occasional excavation/construction activity at the former precast
concrete plant site at the tail of the wye at Lewiston Jct. Today I saw that two large gas type storage tanks
have been installed. Is another bulk gas distributor in the process of setting up shop?
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