St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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

Postby Fritz » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:38 pm

Hello,
I also meant to add that, based on the equipment trace (not personal observation), it looks like CBFX SD60M 6031 was delivered to Pan Am at Danville Junction on March 21st. Not sure plans for this unit, whether it is being returned to the leaser or sent to Waterville or elsewhere for repairs.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 pm

being sent to CMQ for repair, was apparently cheaper to go PAR to Derby.

I was late coming into Berlin at 1827, and was almost into Gilead before finding out 393 had already passed through Gorham at 1815. They were still sitting at Issacson Steel when I left around 1930, wasn't feeling well enough to stick around. The transformer was stuck behind the building, I saw a glimpse, but no vantage point to get a shot of it. 394 wasn't reported through Gorham until 21:00.

7324 was parked near the bridge in Groveton, idling away as it waited for the transformer to arrive.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:26 am

Casey,
Thanks for the updates. I wonder if they moved it to Whitefield last night or will do so today. I hope you feel better.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:32 pm

No sign of activity at Hazens at noontime today, I figure they would stage all day for such a load. No idea where it's headed either, the substation in town doesn't show any sign of preparation for new equipment coming in.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby bigfreight » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:18 am

Caught the SLR eastbound on Sunday at 430PM in Stark 39 cars .
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby citystation1848 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:48 pm

NHV 669 wrote:No sign of activity at Hazens at noontime today, I figure they would stage all day for such a load. No idea where it's headed either, the substation in town doesn't show any sign of preparation for new equipment coming in.


It's not headed to Whitefield Substation - going to another station in the area. BigFreight noted in the New England Forum that NHCR passed through Lancaster at 11:00AM with the transformer.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby backroadrails » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:14 pm

Is the SD60M still at Danville Junction?
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:59 pm

Hello,
It looks like things are on track for the opening of the rebuilt bridge at Brompton tomorrow.

Last night's 393 took the detour route (CMQ-CP) to Southwark Yard arriving at 0453 this morning, but this afternoon's 394 departed Southwark at 1726 and passed Ste. Rosalie at 1912 this evening on its way to Richmond. This is all based on equipment traces and second-hand reports, so I will try to confirm tomorrow or Fridays.

It is my understanding that SLR will resume "normal" operations of the road trains with the 393/394 trains departing Lewiston Junction and Richmond on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

By the way, I have heard that it cost GWRR $4 million to rebuild the bridge at Brompton, something that probably would not have happened if GWRR did not own the SLR.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:46 pm

Hello,
According to CSX trace, SLR GP40-3 3804 and QGRY SD40 6904 departed Richmond, QC at 1352 and arrived at U.S. border in Norton, VT at 1700. I am assuming these two locomotives (and maybe others) are leading the first eastbound 394 to cross the new bridge in Brompton.

Here's links to a couple of articles about the new bridge (both in French):

https://www.latribune.ca/actualites/sherbrooke/le-pont-ferroviaire-accessible-cette-semaine-522157b4b21b72902f34eef17be91412

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/la-tribune2636/20180404/281578061226545

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

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:44 pm

393 passed through Gorham at 2130, sounds like things are back to normal.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:34 am

Hello,
The first SLQ westbound 393 to cross the new bridge in Brompton departed Island Pond at 0753 with the following:

RM-1 803
GP40-3 3803
CBFX SD60M 6028
QG GP40 3105
9 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
17 propane cars
8 tank cars
14 boxcars
18 hi-cube boxcars

That's 67 cars total, including 6 loads and 61 empties. Lots of boxcars in today's train, mostly empties.

By the way, according to the equipment trace, QGRY SD40U 6908 has already departed the property and arrived in Goderich, Ontario on the GEXR on March 31st. I wonder if the SD60s will quickly follow. The 6029 was pulled from the 394's power yesterday in Richmond, and the 6028 is headed west on today's 393.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:55 pm

The 6908 went to the GEXR? I wonder what the chances of the 3806/806 being shipped back to the SLR are?
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:25 am

Hello,
Sorry for this late post, but yesterday's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0857 with the following:

GP40-2 3004
CBFX SD60M 6029
GP40-2 3007
5 centerbeam flats
17 hi-cube boxcars
4 boxcars
11 propane cars
3 NaClO3 hoppers

That's 40 cars total, including 18 loads and 22 empties. Interestingly there were no cars from the Lewiston Branch and only one car from South Paris. I don't think I have ever seen that before. The majority of the cars were interchanged from ST.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri May 04, 2018 8:18 am

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0758 with the following:

RM-1 803
GP40-3 3803
GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
RM-1 804
14 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
1 NaClO3 hopper
26 propane cars
9 tank cars
9 boxcars
10 hi-cube boxcars

That's 70 cars total, including loads and empties.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri May 04, 2018 8:18 pm

Hello,
The girls and I decided to go to Island Pond for some ice cream before the storms arrived tonight, and so we caught the SLQ eastbound 394 pulling into town at 1910 with the following:

RM-1 804
GP40-3 3804
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3805
4 centerbeam flats (for RCP)
5 boxcars
2 hi-cube boxcars
5 tank cars
3 propane cars
21 cement hoppers

That's 40 cars total, including 39 loads and 1 empty. The long string of 21 cement hoppers, some of which were lettered "Ciment Quebec", were the first cement hoppers I have seen in several years but do not resemble the Dragon cement hoppers that used to ply these rails.
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