I decided to go to McAdam today with my two youngest kids. I knew the weather would not be great, but it has been a while since I've been out railfanning and it was time. We arrived at 12:30 and found two units in the yard, NBSR 2612 and CN 7038. I knew the CN GP9 had been there for a while, on the Saint Stephen (South) Job, but it was a surprise to see 2612 there. I understand she had a traction motor fire and was set off Friday night by the westbound freight.
7038 had an alarm bell ringing and her radio was on, so I assume it has some kind of SmartStart device in it to save fuel.
We grabbed some hot dogs at the place next to the Family Restaurant and then came back to witness NBSR 2318 East arrive at 13:00 precisely with 2318, 2317, and 9801.
The three units took the front cars and pushed them back into the west yard. They then waited out on the east side of the yard.
Afterward, 7038 pushed five cars up to the pulp transload facility, then joined up behind the eastbound's power. My kids were providing a running commentary throughout the video!
The train left at 13:43 (without 2612) and I headed to my favourite spot at Harvey Lake to tape them. I decided I would forgo any still shots and do a long pan of the train as it went around the lake. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
After the train left, we threw stones in the water, watched the resident Canada geese, then went back to Fredericton.
I want to give a shout out to Chris Gallant, conductor, who took the time to say hi to me. I'm sure we'll meet again!