St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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

Postby Fritz » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:19 pm

Hello,
By the way, I meant to mention that they were working on the SLR X22 snowplow in Island Pond this morning (it's been parked by the office all summer and fall). I wonder if they are preparing to move it over to Maine in preparation for the "big storm".
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:54 pm

Almost certainly. Nice catch.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Word this morning that the plow has "vanished" from IP, so I would assume so. Good timing, it sure was nasty last night over this way.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Mikejf » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:06 pm

South Paris this morning had a regulator parked on the old 153 track, in front of the station. Track looks to have been plowed with it.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:10 pm

Hello,
Today's SLR westbound 393 was running late and arrived in Island Pond at 0800. Once the Richmond-based crew boarded, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 1027 with the following:

GP40-2 3047
GP40-2 3007
4 centerbeam flats
48 propane cars!
10 tank cars
2 covered hoppers
1 hi-cube boxcar
1 boxcar

That's 66 cars total, including 1 load and 65 empties.

Also I noted that the SLR snowplow X22 was still parked by the office and appeared to have been there since I saw it there last week. The regulator/plow did clear the track, and, according to radio chatter, it sounded like they may move the plow later this week.
Have a great day (before the wintry weather returns),
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:49 pm

Seems as though they did a decent job of cutting into the time that Tuesday's train lost. Yesterday's 394 didn't pass Gorham Station until roughly 2pm. 393 was still sitting at Isaacson Steel as of 8am.

Thomas Coulombe got a wonderful rare daylight shot of 394, at Stone Dam crossing, Bloomfield, VT.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:06 am

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond in pouring rain at 0930 with the following:

GP40 3004
QG GP40 3105
GP40-2 3035
8 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
1 flat
6 SLR boxcars (pulled from storage?)
4 SLR hi-cube boxcars (pulled from storage?)
1 boxcar
1 hi-cube boxcar
3 covered hoppers
8 tank cars
48 propane cars

That's 81 cars total, including 2 loads and 79 empties.

With all this rain and warmth, not sure that the SLR snowplow will be needed anytime soon (still sitting by the office).
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:48 pm

SLA lost a bridge in Brompton, Quebec from reports on Facebook. At least a week of detours
on CMQ between Lennoxville and Farnham...

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

Postby GU1001 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:37 pm

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

Postby Fritz » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:35 am

Hello,
I went over to Island Pond this morning to see if anything was moving. No one around and no trains moving, but there was a long393 parked on the siding:

QG GP40 31-2
GP40-2 3008
GP40-3 3804
RM-1 804
8 centerbeam flats
1 TVGX gondola
7 NaClO3 hoppers
5 tank cars
10 propane cars
26 hi-cube boxcars
26 boxcars

That's 83 cars total, including 19 loads and 64 empties. The large number of boxcars included 19 loads of paper and 32 SLR and LW boxcars/hi-cube boxcars that had been pulled from storage on the yard tracks in Island Pond (the yard tracks are now empty). Apparently many of those cars are going to the QGRY, hopefully to be used there.

From what I can tell, this train is actually last Saturday's 393, which has been stranded here by the bridge outage in Bromptonville. Not sure what the plans are for moving this or other trains. I have heard rumors of detours via the CMQ. Here is a link to a more recent article, which seems to say (my French is not good) that they were inspecting the site Monday to determine what needs to be done. Much depends on whether or not the piers of the bridge have to be rebuilt.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/107 ... rtants-tyt

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

Postby trainiac » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:21 pm

Hi Fritz - I can help with the French, but there's not much more to say. They're detouring via Montreal, the cost (and time) required for rebuilding will depend on whether the piers are affected, and they're hoping customers will continue despite delays and higher shipping costs.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby MEC407 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:54 am

The Forecaster wrote:PORTLAND — Construction of a 10-mile multi-use trail on a former rail bed between Portland and Yarmouth is not only feasible, according to a study, but desirable – particularly because of connections that could be made to other trail systems in the region.

But while a trail along the former St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad is technically possible, it would also be expensive, with an estimated cost of about $23 million, according to the preliminary study by the Greater Portland Council of Governments.


Read more at: http://www.theforecaster.net/study-port ... expensive/
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:06 pm

Hello,
Thanks, Michael, for confirming the French translation.

As an update, as of 1000 this morning, the locomotives that were on last Saturday's 393 in Island Pond are no longer there, but all of the cars are there. Due to the overnight snow, it was not clear which direction the locomotives went from Island Pond (west to Sherbrooke or east to Lewiston Junction).

MOW was working on an ice jam that threatened to flood the tracks just east of Hurricane Road (between Island Pond and Norton).

At Norton, I could hear a train moving westbound through Compton with 92 axles. Maybe the SLQ has stationed a switcher to work between Coaticook and Sherbrooke?
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:25 pm

The detour is supposed to be Lennoxville thru Farnham, not sure why they would leave this train stranded in the US, unless they lack the space to move it over that line amongst other traffic.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:44 pm

Casey,
I wonder if the detours have started yet. Or they are still getting things organized. In other news, word has it that an extra 393 westbound rolled through Berlin, NH around 1335 led by 3805, 805, 3004, 3105, and 3047.
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