Vermont Activity and Sightings

Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

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csx2039
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Funny thing is customers and connections didn't even realize there was a service disruption for 8 days... Speaks to the confidence placed in the company.

Zeke
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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We need a mole. UTU conductor was quite cranky and a bit hostile but we do need a CMQ insider. Any takers out there ?

Fritz
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Hello,
Maybe I should post this to a new thread: CMQ successes... On my way home from St. Albans yesterday, I stopped by CMQ's South Yard in Newport. On track #2 were 28 cars waiting to head south (these were brought into Newport this past Sunday). At 1755, CMQ southbound 710 arrived in the yard with B23-7 2003 (BNSF paint), B23-7 2002 (ATSF paint), and 21 cars (they were going to take 7 of those cars back north, including three empty covered hoppers that were pulled from Blue Seals Feed in Richford and 5 empty ballast hoppers (MMA 300-series). Thus, waiting to go south on the WACR were 18 loaded lumber flats, 4 loaded boxcars, and 17 empty salt hoppers. Here's a link to a photo of the crew yarding the train:

http://fritz.rrpicturearchives.net/show ... id=4258350" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Word from the train crew was that the large washout that had occurred north of the border was largely repaired. I am glad to see this traffic moving south once again.
Have a great day,
Fritz

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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Late Monday night, or should I say early Tuesday morning I counted 32 or so cars behind the b23-7's as they went threw cowansville. Biggest train I have seen in a long time on this line.

csx2039
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Hopefully this becomes an everyday occurrence. Not just after a week and a half with no trains running. We'll see what the rest of the week brings...

CN9634
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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csx2039 wrote:Hopefully this becomes an everyday occurrence. Not just after a week and a half with no trains running. We'll see what the rest of the week brings...
Based on your observations? Or do you know this for sure? I've seen more than that in the past few days.

csx2039
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Where are you? And what do mean by observations? Are you disputing the fact that they went over a week without running to vt on account of washout? Thus the reason for traffic backup...

CN9634
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Near daily or every-other-day CMQ roundtrips to VT this past week and last... trains in the 20, 30 and even 40 car range.

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Re: More CMQ troubles

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CN9634 wrote:Near daily or every-other-day CMQ roundtrips to VT this past week and last... trains in the 20, 30 and even 40 car range.
derailment in St. J by VRS
Casey
Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?

CN9634
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Another recent one or the one from several days ago which is now more than cleaned up?

Townshipfarmer
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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On the night of the 8th I caught the north bound train in Sutton. It had two locomotives and no cars. The following afternoon on the 9th I saw the south bound train. Again with two locomotives and one covered hopper car.

csx2039
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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They only had 1 empty covered hopper south today. I do hear that job 1 and 2 are either daily or going to be daily soon with increasing traffic to cp in montreal...

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Re: More CMQ troubles

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CN9634 wrote:Another recent one or the one from several days ago which is now more than cleaned up?
The latter.

i misspoke based on my own observations via email. I had figured the car counts were up temporarily due to the ongoing repair/track outage. However, the 38 cars that went south to WRJ today have rightly proven me wrong. Shouldn't have made such an assumption from 3,000 miles away.
Casey
Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?

csx2039
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Re: More CMQ troubles

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Most of the large trains you are seeing are because of a salt shipment that comes through once a year, it does make for some impressive trains for a few weeks. Been happening for almost 10 years now, and is just about done. Trains sizes will very likely return to normal within a few weeks.

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Re: More CMQ troubles

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VRS is making the Newport to WRJ roubdtrip daily starting in October according to the yahoo group.

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