According to my notes, the New Brunswick Southern Railway now has 23 engines*. At this time last year, NBSR had 11 engines. Incredible!
* - I'm not sure about the status of the Maine Central (Pan Am) engines that are on some of the main line trains.
The big driver has been the operation of Maine's northern lines as well as increased traffic on its own lines. SteveO and others report that the Irving Oil refinery is expanding its rail operations. They are adding crude oil unloading racks that will have a capacity to unload 192 cars in a 24 hour period (in 4 shunts). It is widely expected that unit oil trains will be arriving from Saskatchewan.
Look at trains like this one, recorded by Brian Barchard. Such a colourful consist!
It looks like a return to the colourful days of 2004-2006!
NB Southern railfanning is getting way more exciting. I kinda wish I was back in New Brunswick to see this.
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