Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saint John markets

The Carleton Railway continues to serve its industrial customers by transporting their products to developing markets. Rumours via the Island Central Railway that the paper mills in Saint John were looking for additional supplies of wood chips led the Carleton Railway to purchase appropriate rolling stock. Patterson's Mill in Northampton now has a market for its surplus woodchips, and the Carleton Railway not only has additional revenue but continues to build its customer base in the port city. In the photo below, the first Carleton Railway wood chip car can be seen in the ICR's Dever Road yard. Later the same day, an efficient ICR switch crew can be seen spotting the car at the Irving paper mill. That is "The Atlantic" in the foreground, preparing to leave Union Station.

It was a great night of operating on Doug Devine's layout! The Carleton Railway's next operating session will be on Friday evening, May 4 (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.).

Sunday, April 8, 2012

May Operating Sessions

Two operating sessions are scheduled for the month of May: May 4 and May 25 (Friday evenings from 7 - 10 p.m.). The Carleton Railway's posh European Resort in Nortondale has been expanding and improving facilities in preparation for the busy summer season. New cottages, a large gift shop, and a beach volleyball court are now available for the VIP guests (click on the photos to enlarge them). A few unseasonably warm days in mid-March allowed a few guests to have a workout at the new volleyball court, while the tennis court in the background was also busy. The Capital City Commuter is slowing for the depot in Nortondale.

It isn't often that hotel guests can catch some rays on the beach in March, but this winter has been far from normal.