|NBSR in Harvey, NB 2009/02/21|
The Canadian American Railroad Company took over the former CP track between Sherbrooke, Quebec and Brownville Junction, Maine. NBSR partner Eastern Maine Railroad Company took over the section between Brownville Junction and the US-Canada border.
When the NBSR first started, they leased CP power to operate their trains until they could acquire their own locomotives. In fact two of those locomotives (1813, 1866) ended up back in New Brunswick on the New Brunswick East Coast Railway.
|NBEC 1866 in Miramichi, 2007/01/30|
I believe NBSR's first purchased power was the pair of high hood GP9s NBSR 3700 and 3701, followed by a series of chopped-nose ex Southern Pacific GP9s later in 1995.
|NBSR 3700 in Saint John, 2003/09/15|
|NBSR 3787 in McAdam, 2000/11/12|
Since those early days, NB Southern has accomplished a lot:
- Took over almost all local switching in Saint John in 2002
- Ran Trailer-On-Flatcar trains for several years
- Took over operations in northern Maine after MMA
At the 20 year mark the railway is doing very well and I wish them all the best in the future.
|NBSR 2318 in McAdam, 2008/07/19|
* well, except for a tiny bit of track in northwest New Brunswick near Grand Falls.