B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

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B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:23 pm

Yesterday I saw the Salem Rd and High St grade crossings in North Billerica were plowed out, and the west leg of the North Billerica wye was plowed as far north as I could see at both crossings. Snow must be well over 3 feet -- I'm not sure what did the job. This track had been snowed in since the very first storm up until yesterday morning or the day before.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby MEC407 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:48 am

Photo by Derek Carpine:

http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=222695


Video by Robert Selberg:

https://youtu.be/Hkgtdgn7shY?t=43s


Alternate caption for the photo and video: In an industry first, Pan Am Railways' Waterville Shops have undertaken a project to repower the company's EMD GP40 locomotives with rebuilt Alco 16-251F engines obtained from a Montreal scrap dealer. The first three repowered locomotives, seen here during their initial shake-down run, have been given the new designation 'GP430' — utilizing the traditional Alco Century Series nomenclature.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby 690 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:20 am

EDPO at Wells siding, 618/601/612, lots of empty centerbeams and propane. Not sure what they're doing, but there are several Pan Am trucks sitting around.

Edit: 681 just went through w/ 173 & 120, running about a half hour late.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby 690 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:52 am

DO-1 just went through Wells, 321/510 w/ spacer, and about twenty cars of propane. EDPO is still waiting on a recrew, Pan Am trucks are all gone.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby doublestack » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:36 am

In the video below it shows a PAR train heading east through Plaistow, N.H. There are several covered gondolas bound for somewhere up north. Does anyone have a clue where there headed? Could it possibly be to the gypsum mines in Nova Scotia? This is not the first time I've noticed these cars on Pan Am tracks in Maine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--mXfxd9iS4
Credit to Austin Mcswiggin for the clip.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby CN9634 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:55 am

doublestack wrote:In the video below it shows a PAR train heading east through Plaistow, N.H. There are several covered gondolas bound for somewhere up north. Does anyone have a clue where there headed? Could it possibly be to the gypsum mines in Nova Scotia? This is not the first time I've noticed these cars on Pan Am tracks in Maine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--mXfxd9iS4
Credit to Austin Mcswiggin for the clip.


Likely Turner's Island... they were moving some type of sand out of there last year. Also possible is Orrington as they are to move contaminated soils from there as well at some point. Gondola's with lids are a pretty good sign of something nasty that's going to move...
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby doublestack » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:39 am

CN9634 wrote:Likely Turner's Island... they were moving some type of sand out of there last year. Also possible is Orrington as they are to move contaminated soils from there as well at some point. Gondola's with lids are a pretty good sign of something nasty that's going to move...


That makes sense. I completely forgot about the Orrington clean-up. From what I've heard, close to 100 loads could be hauled out of there. As for Turner's Island, not sure what's the game plan for that place. Thanks CN9634 for the feedback.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby MEC407 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:49 am

I've seen those covered gons at TIRR a few times in the past.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby 690 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:17 pm

That's where those ones are now. You can easily see them from Elm St.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby MEC407 » Mon May 18, 2015 10:27 am

Video by Signal Hill Productions of SEPO through Old Orchard Beach:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8SGLpYzk-o
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon May 25, 2015 2:44 pm

Came across a westbound in Tewksbury on Sunday morning. Didn't catch the power so I don't know if it was a POSE or a POED. The last car was a reefer -- any idea where reefers are coming to/from?
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby newpylong » Mon May 25, 2015 3:11 pm

Highliner in Portsmouth gets Reefers. Dunno about anyone else up up East that gets the many more. Isn't there someone next to Rigby getting them or are those plain boxes?
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby WN&P » Mon May 25, 2015 8:22 pm

There was a customer on the SE side of Rigby getting the reefers sporadically last summer I think. Also there are the Cryotrans reefers coming down from New Brunswick every once and a while.
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:03 pm

Does Hampshire Paper on the Hillsboro Branch still receive cars?
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Re: B&M Gawking (District 2 Sightings)

Postby WN&P » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:00 pm

SEPO went through Dover around 8:30 this evening at a decent tick, a pretty long train too but I didn't count. DOBO left immediately after SEPO cleared the yard. 26 sand cars, I'm not sure if that normal for this time of year, but it seemed longer than usual to me.
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