St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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

Postby Fritz » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:49 pm

Hello,
A couple of photos of today's SLQ eastbound 394. First, stopping to uncouple the three hoppers for Waterville TG:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4889112

And passing the defect detector at Compton:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4889103

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

Postby NHV 669 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:32 am

Well worth the trip. Got them just west of the Stark covered bridge. My original shot at Stratford Hollow was too dark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJImuXBH8pI&feature=youtu.be
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:18 pm

One more shot of the 2/1 #394 as they pull up to meet #393 at the Barrett Trucking salt shed in Stark, NH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dF-fl-SgF0

I ran into a fellow railfan at Stratford Hollow, and we took different routes to get to Stark, as my shot on Rt. 110 didn't allow me to catch them over at the covered bridge. Those guys were HAULING, doing every bit of TT speed. Upon arrival at Bell Hill Rd. crossing, the other railfan commented about being able to hear what sounded like horns from both directions. 393's lights could be seen just as 394 had stopped some distance from the crossing. I cut the video off, as they stopped for some time, swapped crews and took off. The light engine move was west about 15 minutes later.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:31 pm

Photo of 393 on Wild River Bridge at Gilead last week- first chance at a daylight shot at that location in years.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:33 pm

Photo of the NS power at Lewiston Junction yesterday.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:01 am

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby trainiac » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:14 pm

Another recent observation: When I drove through Sherbrooke yesterday there was a long train parked on the mainline East (South) of the downtown SLR yard (which was also full of cars). The train was cut in the middle to clear a private crossing, and I measured about 1.3 km (4200 feet) driving parallel to it on Wellington St. At the end I caught a very quick glance of what appeared to be the roofline of a late-model GE, although I'm far from certain that's what it was (it was hidden by the Motel la Marquise). No lights or movement.

I can only speculate, but my initial thought was that perhaps the train was 394 parked with CMQ power waiting for SLR 393 to arrive and change lines in Lennoxville. In particular, the only local locomotives that would match the roofline of what I *think* I saw would be the two AC4400CW's recently leased by CMQ.

But I really have no idea.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:58 pm

Not the NS GEs in the photo above?
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:12 pm

Hello,
It seems that SLR has a new schedule this week. At least the last two 394s arrived in Island Pond in the evening (last night's at 2130) and then departed eastbound the next afternoon. Yesterday's SLR eastbound 394 should have had the NS trio, so those locomotives may be in Lewiston Junction at the moment (not sure if they will return westbound tonight).

After setting out 2 locomotives in the yard and spotting 3 lumber loads at RCP, today's SLR eastbound 394 departed Island Pond at 1656 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
QG SD40U 6904
1 boxcar
1 hi-cube boxcar
20 propane tanks
8 tank cars

That's 30 cars total, including 29 loads and 1 empty.

Here's a link to a photo of them switching Island Pond:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4892544

Have a great night,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:17 am

Hello,
Just when I think I have figured things out, they change ...

Today's SLQ westbound 393 was parked in Island Pond at 0800 with the following:

NS C40-8W 8380
NS C44-9W 9803
NS C44-9W 9448
QG GP40 3105
GP40-2 3035
10 centerbeam flats
8 boxcars
4 hi-cube boxcars
6 tank cars
16 propane cars
1 NaClO3 hopper
1 covered hopper
3 flat cars

That's 49 cars total, including 7 loads and 42 empties. No idea when they will continue west (maybe this evening?).
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby MEC407 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:47 pm

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

Postby trainiac » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:45 pm

Not the NS GEs in the photo above?


Ah, quite possibly. I saw the photo but didn't notice the previous post about them being in use on 393/394.

Meanwhile, today's news is that there was another long cut of cars sitting on the siding in Lennoxville, QC (didn't stop to investigate - a bit of a snow storm!)
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:22 am

Hello,
Yesterday's SLQ eastbound 394 arrived at the U.S. Canada border at 1420 with the following:

NS C44-9W 9448
NS C44-9W 9803
NS C40-8W 8380
5 centerbeam flats
3 bulkhead flats
5 flat cars
2 NaClO3 hoppers
1 covered hopper
5 tank cars
27 propane cars
6 hi-cube boxcars
2 boxcars

That's 56 cars total, all load.

Apparently the crews were going to swap engines when the 393 and 394 met in Berlin, and the NS units were heading home to NS rails. Meanwhile, 3 ex-BN SD60s (reporting marks CBFX) should have arrived on SLQ rails last night to be leased while the bridge is repaired. Now that the initial backlog of cars have been cleared out, trains should be running every other day.
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:14 pm

NS power did indeed go west, with two additional SLR units, crossing into Montreal this morning.They are returning to CN at Taschereau. The 3 SD60M's should be on today/tonight's 394 leaving SLR rails in QC.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:30 pm

Correction on that, they just got to Sherbrooke this morning. Will have to wait and see whether they come south/east tonight or tomorrow.
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