Thursday, February 7, 2019
Once again, a great group of workers arrived last night to finish up the wiring for the expanded Carleton Railway. Seven SJSMR club members did a lot of soldering while I installed the new circuit breakers and the new NCE power booster. By the end of the evening, all tracks in the new area were live and the first train travelled from Silverdale to Waterville. Thanks guys!
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Sincere thanks to the eight SJSMR members who showed up in my basement to solder the wiring for the layout expansion. I am getting anxious to see trains running again, and having the help of so many friends was a major encouragement! Having eight people do more than two hours work equals about a month that it would have taken me. And it was a lot of fun too.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
The Carleton Railway continues to make progress toward a grand opening of the expanded layout. The new farming community of Rosedale is nearly complete--the main lines still need to be ballasted and lots of details need to be added, but the structures (mostly scratch-built potato warehouses) and much of the scenery are mostly complete. In the photo below, the Carleton York Peddler takes the siding as it passes The Mail Express at the new Rosedale passenger station (double-click photos to enlarge them).
In the rural area between Rosedale and Silverdale, Carleton County, the Peddler approaches a private crossing that leads to a farm. The potato warehouse on the same farm still needs a roof! Those brown fields look bare right now but rows of potatoes will be planted in the spring.
The photos below provide some larger views of the new space.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Scratch-Built Potato Storage Warehouse for Rosedale
This building will be located in the new addition in the basement.
Monday, July 2, 2018
The nearby Waterville Farms potato house saves on winter heating costs by having earth banked against the foundation on the north and west sides of the building.
Across the St. John River in South Newbridge, a pair of RS3s is spotting leased reefers at Newbridge Potato Shippers and at Carleton Farms potato houses.
The two potato warehouses pictured below are located just over the York County line in Maplewood. The Carleton Railway continues back over the county line to Cloverdale in Carleton County, where there are a number of potato farms as well as a remote yard where leased potato reefers are stored until needed.
Hatfield Industries Ltd. in Grafton not only receives lots of potatoes for making "Cracklin' Crisp" potato chips, but it also has a starch plant as well.
Produce terminals like Willett Fruit in South Newbridge are an important link between farm and store.
Here is a closer view of some of the potato houses in Silverdale (formerly Rosedale) where three distinct building styles are apparent.
The photo below shows yet one more potato house in Silverdale
McCain Foods has a frozen food shipping facility in Avondale--in the photo below, lots of French Fries are being loaded into those mechanical refrigerator cars.
Potatoes in Monticello, Maine
The VIA Atlantic cuts across Maine in this rural scene. Those rows of potatoes will provide lots of revenue for the railway when harvest season arrives.
The Monticello Farms hip-roof potato house shown below is typical of many in Western New Brunswick and Northern Maine. The smaller shed directly behind (Borderland Farms) is a more modern design. These two warehouses are located just outside of town, near the NB border.
The Maine Potato Growers warehouse in the heart of downtown Monticello is another example of the hip-roof style. Those trucks are a reminder that the railway needs to provide efficient service in order to keep ahead of the competition!
That will still leave a good-sized area in the middle of the room for a crew lounge and work area.