• New Brunswick Southern Railway

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Moderator: Ken V

  by railwayworker
does anyone have any train info on the New Brunswick Southern Railway Company Limited as im going to saint john nb in sept

chris carlson
ottawa on
  by backroadrails
907/908 run daily and are the road jobs, there are several others like transfer runs to CN, and a local to Bailyville, Maine.
  by Fritz
My daughter and I recently visited St. Stephen, New Brunswick and fortuitously caught the "St. Stephen Turn" (no idea what the symbol is) switching the local industries in Milltown and St. Stephen on their way back north from the Maine side of the St. Croix River. The train consisted of caboose 434919, 13 cars of mixed freight, and GP38-3 917. On the day that we saw them, they had 5 boxcars, 3 covered hoppers, and 4 empty log flats. The caboose is used for the long shove between the junction in St. Stephen and the other one across the river in Calais.

Here's a photo of the train shoving north through the Arauco plant:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=5179853

To the left of the train, you can see a boxcar on the lead to the loading shed. They pulled one load heading back north. Unfortunately, the particleboard half of the Arauco plant is slated to shut down by the end of 2019 (the flakeboard half will remain in production).

From what I overhead, it sounds like the St. Stephen run used to be five days per week but right now, due to a downturn in traffic, is only running three days per week (MWF). The crew reports on duty in McAdam at 0500, departs after about two hours for paperwork and putting their train together, and takes about 3 hours to get to St. Stephen (track speed is 10 MPH). They then work down into Maine and then back to St. Stephen, where they switch the local industries and are often recrewed.

Here's a few photos while waiting the recrew:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=5182095

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=5182096

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=5182097

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=5182099

They serve two industries in Woodland (Woodland Pulp and Tissue and another at the north end of the line), three in Milltown (Arauco and two others), and one in St. Stephen (Ganong Brothers). As far as I could tell, there are no other industries along the line south of McAdam.

If anyone knows the symbol, that would be great to learn, and I am also curious if this turn job works the mill at Woodland or if they have another job that works that (perhaps crewed by Eastern Maine Railway).
  by Shortline614
Big News! The first NBSR SD70M-2 has been spotted at Progress Rail's shops in Paducah, Kentucky. These have been rumored for quite a while and look spectacular. The SD70M-2s in all likelihood will be used on the Saint John intermodal trains in conjunction with CP. Credit to Jim Pearson and his amazing photography.

  by NHV 669
Here is 6401 on its first run, leading 907 west:

and second new unit, EMRY 6403 trailing on CP 142 yesterday, apparently near Smith's Falls, ON:

  by NHV 669
Here's yesterday's 908, with both units.

Video by Enfield Rail:

  by NHV 669
Yesterday's 907, with the SD70 duo, video by Maine Train Chaser:

  by johnpbarlow
Interesting article somewhat involving NBS from Alaska Public media:
A new $350 million Bering Sea fish fight could hinge on a miniature Canadian railroad
The quickly escalating saga involves hundreds of millions of dollars in fines, a miniature Canadian railway and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. And it stems from the way that one of Alaska’s biggest fishing companies, American Seafoods, is using an exemption in the federal law that typically allows only U.S. ships to move cargo between U.S. ports.
The Jones Act, a century-old federal law, typically requires American-flagged ships to move cargo between American ports. But the legislation contains an exception known as the “Third Proviso,” which allows companies to use foreign-flagged ships between U.S. ports if the routes include “Canadian rail lines” — and if they’re certified by an obscure federal agency called the Surface Transportation Board.

Alaska seafood companies have been using that exception since 2000, according to court documents.
From Bayside, the seafood would be trucked to a Canadian train, loaded and moved 20 miles between two stations [via NBS]— sometimes in the opposite direction of the U.S. border. Then the cargo would be loaded back onto the trucks to drive into the U.S.

In their court filings, the shippers say that both CBP and the Surface Transportation Board signed off on that practice, even though it was clear that the only purpose of the brief rail movement was to satisfy the requirements of the Jones Act.

They also argue that they made customs officials aware of a new, even shorter rail line that they switched to using in 2012 to satisfy the Jones Act: a 100-foot stretch of track that’s entirely within the Bayside port [called the Bayside Canadian Railway].

“The trucks travel the length of the Canadian rail trackage and back,” Gross said.

The seafood products’ 200-foot train ride now appears likely to be at the core of the companies’ legal dispute with CBP.
Looks like the Port of Bayside uses a Trackmobile to shuttle the flatcar the 100 ft.

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/09/03 ... -railroad/
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  by CN9634
6406 was in Galesburg, IL a few days ago, now in Chicago. 6402 should pickup soon, was waiting on air brake parts. 6405 got misrouted to Memphis....
  by NHV 669
6402 finally on its last leg home, passing Greenville Jct. less than 90 minutes ago.
  by NHV 669
908 went on the ground last night/this morning. Apparently mostly empty asphalt tanks that are derailed.
  by NHV 669
PRLX 2501, 2348, 6767, and 6773 are headed to the NBSR on lease. Two ex-CSX GP 38's, and two ex-NS SD 60M's.
  by NHV 669
https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/11 ... expansion/

NEW LIMERICK, Maine — Another major expansion is coming for a New Limerick mill that is already one of the area’s largest employers.

Louisiana-Pacific Houlton is starting a $400 million expansion to its New Limerick plant to double the production capacity of SmartSide Siding and Trim, which is engineered wood strand technology that protects against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites, the company said.

Wednesday’s announcement comes just two months after LP unveiled a $150 million renovation to its plant to produce the SmartSide line of products. The new expansion will add approximately 100 new jobs.
  by NHV 669
NBSR 6407/EMRY 6408/MNRY 6409/EMRY 6411 were on CP 120 today, will reach Brownville soon.