Saturday, February 17, 2007

Saint John area, 2007/02/16

NB Southern tracks were well plowed Friday morning - the plow or spreader must have been busy yesterday.

NBSR 3703 was on the radio in the morning morning reporting a problem loading up. They were shunting the east end of Dever Road yard.

Over on the CN side, CN 7000 and NBSR 3701 were MU'ed together elephant-style by the Island Yard shop while CN 7010 was shunting the

Not a great shot, but what can you do?

There was no sign of CN 306's power anywhere. The strike is really throwing the schedule off.

A maintainer asked the yard planner if any trains were going in or out of the city for the next few hours, because he wanted to scrape some crossings. The planner said nothing for at least the next 3-4 hours. That was 9:30 AM. I saw nothing at lunch and even at 15:30, there was no sign of 306.

At NB Southern's Dever Road yard, NBSR 3702 and 3703 were working the east end of the yard while a plow came in for more fuel. At the west end, CN 7079, a definite stranger to these parts, was shunting boxcars.

On my way back, I stopped in Welsford for a few minutes in the vain hope the eastbound train would come through. I noticed that the plow had only done part of the siding, up to the derail. I guess that's to provide a spot for the train to set off a bad order car if necessary.

It turns out that the eastbound didn't leave McAdam until 17:30 anyway.

Today (Saturday) I'm going to McAdam to see the eastbound. More photos later!

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