St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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

Post by Fritz » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:03 am

Hello,
On this beautiful winter (even though it is April!) morning, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0745 with the following:

GP40-3 3803
RM-1 803
QG GP40-2W 3014
7 centerbeam flats
2 bulkhead flats
10 tank cars
13 propane cars
1 covered hopper
2 hi-cube boxcars

That's 35 cars total, including 2 loads and 33 empties. Apparently SLR/SLQ didn't run Monday night so ran extras last night.
Have a great day,
Fritz

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

Post by Fritz » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:49 am

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 crested the hill at Summit, Vermont at 0755 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
GP40-2 3035
2 centerbeam flats
6 propane cars
5 tank cars
4 hi-cube boxcars
1 covered hopper

That's 18 cars total, including 4 loads and 14 empties.

In addition to the very short train, it was being pulled by the two most-mismatched locomotives on the SLR roster: the palest of pale orange 3007 and the richest of deep orange 3035. Thankfully, it was cloudy and I had not thoughts of photographing the train!
Have a great weekend,
Fritz

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

Post by CN9634 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:21 pm

Thanks Fritz! I heard some slugs of Ciment Quebec hoppers have been coming back, anything on your end for that?

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

Post by Fritz » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:44 pm

CN9634,
There were quite a few of those cement hoppers last summer and fall, but I haven't seen any since mid-February. I hope they come back, as they added considerably to train lengths. There were also a few CO2 tank cars for awhile but I haven't seen them for awhile either.
Best,
Fritz

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

Post by CN9634 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:22 pm

Fritz wrote:CN9634,
There were quite a few of those cement hoppers last summer and fall, but I haven't seen any since mid-February. I hope they come back, as they added considerably to train lengths. There were also a few CO2 tank cars for awhile but I haven't seen them for awhile either.
Best,
Fritz
Me too, I think the biz went back to CP-ST routing as I see those cars moving that routing more and more...

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

Post by Fritz » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:15 am

Hello,
On this beautiful (that is, sunny and soon to be warm) late winter morning, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0825 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
GP40-2 3008
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
7 centerbeam flats
1 bulkhead flat
2 boxcars
5 hi-cube boxcars
3 tank cars
9 propane cars

That's 27 cars total, including 3 loads and 24 empties. Due to the short train, only the 3806 and 3008 were being used.
Have a great day,
Fritz

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

Post by Fritz » Fri May 03, 2019 12:22 pm

Hello,
On yet another drizzly morning, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0745 with the following:

GP40 3004
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
15 centerbeam flats
4 bulkhead flats
1 covered hopper
9 cement hoppers
2 boxcars
18 hi-cube boxcars
6 tank cars
15 propane cars

That's 70 cars total, including 4 loads and 66 empties. Nice long train with the first cement hoppers that I have seen in several months (maybe that is a sign of spring here in northern New England where we are still waiting for the daffodils to bloom).
Have a good weekend,
Fritz

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

Post by gokeefe » Fri May 03, 2019 8:46 pm

Nice run ... I assume they've been going consistently ...
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Post by S1f3432 » Sat May 04, 2019 7:00 pm

A third LPG bulk transload plant has been under construction for the past several months at Lewiston Jct. near
the tail of the wye on the site of the former precast concrete fabricator. It apparently has become operational
this past week with the tracks full of tank cars and a trackmobile to shuffle them around. The only identification
I could see was a small sign on one of the access driveways with " Irving " on it. On another note NEPW has been
quiet this spring with very little rail activity at Mechanic Falls and sporadic cars at Rodman Road in Auburn.
The South Paris site gets switched most week days and has recently seen several spurts of traffic with 394
filling the sidings by the Paris ball fields with boxcars at night. 394 set of another long string of mostly CN
boxes early Saturday morning.

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

Post by Fritz » Fri May 10, 2019 12:51 pm

Hello,
On this very rainy morning, the SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond early and crested the summit at Summit at 0807 with the following:

GP40-2 3047
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
13 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
13 cement hoppers
12 hi-cube boxcars
4 boxcars
6 tank cars
9 propane cars

That's 58 cars total, including 4 loads and 54 empties.
Have a great weekend,
Fritz

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

Post by NHV 669 » Fri May 10, 2019 1:09 pm

394 was 55 cars, through Groveton at 20:43, per Chuck Killian.
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NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

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

Post by Fritz » Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm

Hello,
In wet snow, today's SLQ westbound 393 crested the summit 6.7 miles west of Island Pond at 0815 with the following:

GP40-3 3805
RM-1 803
QG GP40 3105
5 centerbeam flats
1 flat car
4 covered hoppers
17 tank cars
27 propane cars
6 boxcars
4 hi-cube boxcars

That's 64 cars total, including 11 loads and 53 empties. Lots of empty tank cars and propane cars and quite a few loaded boxcars.
Have a great night,
Fritz

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

Post by Fritz » Wed May 15, 2019 8:15 am

Hello,
On a morning with none of the forecasted now-say (we don't say that 4-letter word this time of year), today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0804 with the following:

GP40-2 3035
RM-1 804
GP40-3 3803
7 centerbeam flats
9 tank cars
8 propane cars
2 hi-cube boxcars

That's 26 cars total, including 4 loads and 22 empties.

As soon as the train cleared, ECI started working on the crossing replacements in Island Pond.
Have a great day,
Fritz

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

Post by Fritz » Fri May 17, 2019 8:40 am

Hello,
In a steady rain, today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0823 with the following:

GP40-3 3806
RM-1 805
GP40-3 3804
29 centerbeam flats
1 covered hopper
5 boxcars
3 hi-cube boxcars
22 propane cars
11 tank cars

That's 71 cars total, including 8 loads and 63 empties.

Interesting were the 23 TTZX centerbeam flats, which I am guessing came out of storage on Pan Am somewhere. Out of curiosity, when moving cars coming out of storage, how is the railroad paid for that movement?
Have a great weekend,
Fritz

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

Post by S1f3432 » Fri May 17, 2019 7:14 pm

DX OS South Paris Train 393 Eng 5904-3004-3014-3008 and 28 cars at 1958.

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