St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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

Postby Fritz » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:23 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond around 0807 and reached the U.S. Canada border at Norton at 0857 with the following:

QG SD40U 6904
QG GP40 3105
GP40-2 3008
6 centerbeam flats
7 hi-cube boxcars
7 boxcars
5 tank cars
7 propane cars
3 sodium chlorate hoppers
3 covered hoppers

That's 38 cars total, including 11 loads and 27 empties. Relatively short train for a Tuesday morning (no westbounds since last Saturday).

Later, around 0930, I spotted the Sperry Rail truck heading east near Stone Dam at 0930.
Have a great night,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Mikejf » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:48 pm

A Sperry Rail Service truck was spotted on 7/4 at Town & Country Motel in Gorham NH, and tonight it was at the Walmart in Oxford, Me.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:32 am

Hello,
This morning's westbound SLQ 393 departed Island Pond at 0856 with the following:

GP40-2 3047
QG GP40 3102
GP40-3 3804
12 centerbeam flats
5 covered hoppers
1 NaClO3 hopper
5 tank cars
6 hi-cube boxcars
4 boxcars
8 ballast hoppers

That's 41 cars total, including 4 loads and 37 empties (assuming all the ballast hoppers were empty).

Interestingly, there were no propane cars today and, I think, no cars from PAR.

I understand that the ballast hoppers are moving to Quebec for track work there (after have unloaded ballast along the NH right of way).
Have a good day,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:14 pm

I continue to be impressed with the amount of work that SLR does on their line. They always seem to be moving forward.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:26 am

Hello,
Hoping to meet friends in Island Pond, I barely caught up to them or the early-departing SLQ westbound 393 at Norton around 0818 with a very short train:

GP40-3 3803
GP40 3004
GP40-2 3035
4 centerbeam flats
1 boxcar
6 hi-cube boxcars
5 propane cars
8 tank cars

That's 24 cars , including 9 loads and 15 empties.
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:55 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0819 with the following:

QG GP40 3102
GP40-2 3047
GP40-2 3008
3 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
4 sodium chlorate hoppers
1 covered hopper
10 tank cars
3 propane cars
2 hi-cube boxcars
7 boxcars

That's 31 cars total, including 3 loads and 28 empties.
Have a good night,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:43 pm

Turning into a very quiet summer on SLR.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby 690 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:36 pm

Yesterday 393 got out of Lewiston Junction early enough to make a short chase out of it, taking advantage of digital's relative flexibility in low light compared to film. Quebec Gatineau 6904 led the way, with the 3007 and 3035 trailing, and a short train of maybe 25 cars. Here's the final shot, about a half hour after sunset going by the station at South Paris.

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

Postby Fritz » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:08 pm

Very nice, 690!
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:00 am

Woke up early enough yesterday to make a run up to Island Pond to catch 393. Either my timing was just off, or the shorter trains of late have sped up crew changes and the like. No sign of a train at either IP at 845, or Norton at 905. Plow SLR 22 was parked next to IP HQ, and several strings of boxes are still stored in the RCP yard. 4 full centerbeams parked on the siding.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:29 am

Casey,
I can feel your pain ... I arrived in Island Pond at 0740 this morning, and the 393 was already gone, but I did catch up with them at Lake and followed them to Norton, where they reached the border at 0810:

QG SD40U 6904
QG GP40 3102
3 centerbeam flats
2 bulkhead flats
4 covered hoppers
3 NaClO3 hoppers
5 propane cars
7 tank cars
5 hi-cube boxcars
6 boxcars

That's 35 cars, including 2 loads and 33 empties. Short train for a Tuesday.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:05 pm

Hello,
Another early departure: Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0745 with the following:

RM-1 804
GP40-3 3804
3 centerbeam flats
6 hi-cube boxcars
2 boxcars
7 propane cars
6 tank cars
1 NaClO3 hopper

That's 25 cars total, including 5 loads and 20 empties.

Unless I am mistaken, that is the first time that I have ever seen the 393 with a single powered locomotive (the other being a road slug). Pretty sad to see.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:04 am

Hello,
This morning's SLQ westbound 393 reached the border at Norton at 0825 with the following:

GP40-3 3803
RM-1 805
GP40-2 3035
12 centerbeam flats
9 hi-cube boxcars
3 boxcars
9 tank cars
12 propane cars
2 sodium chlorate hoppers
2 covered hoppers

That's 49 cars total, including 7 loads and 42 empties. I don't think there were any cars from Pan Am but not positive about that.
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:49 am

Hello,
I caught a couple of trains departing Island Pond this week.

First on Wednesday, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0835 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
RM-1 804
GP40-3 3804
4 centerbeam flats
2 hi-cube boxcars
4 boxcars
8 tank cars
10 propane cars
1 sodium chlorate hoppers
2 covered hoppers

That's 31 cars total, including 2 loads and 29 empties.

Then this morning, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0750 with the following:
GP40-2 3047
QG GP40 3102
GP40-2 3035
QG GP40 3105
8 centerbeam flats
13 hi-cube boxcars
13 boxcars
12 tank cars
11 propane cars
2 sodium chlorate hoppers
2 covered hoppers
1 hi-sided gondola

That's 62 cars total, including 14 loads and 47 empties. Of course, this train was moving two day's worth of traffic, but this is the longest train I have seen since last spring. Hopefully, that is an indicator of traffic picking up.
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby markhb » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:03 am

I heard something recently about unorthodox "traffic" on the otherwise defunct East Deering line. According to folks who work in the area, apparently the boat storage facility on Presumpscot St. actually uses the rail line to transit boats between it and the Maine Yacht Center marina off Kensington St. (behind B&M). With the potential for Jose to come up towards New England that line may be hopping in the next couple of days.
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