As mentioned before, NB Southern plans to move some large dimensional loads (tanks) from Saint John to Harvey for shipment to the Nackawic pulp mill. As it turns out, today was a test move with two tanks to see if they fit through rock cuts and under the Grand Bay overpass. I understand the full move of 7 tanks will occur in a week or two. The tanks came by ship and were stored at the Port of Saint John.
Bob Boudreau called me at 10:50 to tell me he saw a train with two tanks moving behind Moosehead Breweries. I loaded the kids in the van and headed south. I called Bob as we entered Welsford and he hadn't seen them on the road yet. I took the Westfield Beach exit from the highway and proceeded through Grand Bay, then down the South Bay road toward Saint John. Bob called me again at 12:11 to say they had just left the yard and were proceeding quite slowly.
I found Bob and Dave Dineen waiting for the train near the yard. I parked and set up the tripod for my video camera. There were a few NBSR employees around as well.
At 12:24 I saw NBSR 2319 with two MM&A bulkhead flatcars come around the bend.
To say they weren't breaking any speed records would be an understatement. I'm quite sure I could have railfanned this train with a bicycle!
This was my first look at 2319 in her new paint.
Here's a closeup of one of the loads, on MM&A 25042.
I shot them again a short distance farther down the line, at 12:28:
Part 2 to follow shortly...