Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Railway Update

As our Saint John club prepares to host the May 2016 MFMR /NER convention, I am working on several upgrades and expansions so that everything is ready.  In the photo above, progress is slowly being made on the new industrial area in Lakeville (located on the upper level in the former furnace room -- above Northampton).  In addition to the two tenement buildings located just across the tracks, there are four large industrial buildings. There will be lots of switching in Lakeville.
In South Newbridge, the furniture factory has been upgraded.  A kiln has been added along with a receiving area for lumber to be delivered to the factory.  The big furnace will require occasional tank car loads of bunker C oil. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Op Session

Thanks to the great crew that showed up to run the Carleton Railway this evening!  Special commendation goes to Brett and George who worked in the Avondale yard for the first time and did a great job.  Very few potatoes are being shipped at this time of year so the trains were a little shorter and the yards not as busy as they are during harvest season.  The new staging tracks make it easier for me to remove surplus rolling stock from the layout to simulate the seasonal ebb and flow of railway traffic.  In the above photo, westbound Extra 2010 is arriving in the Avondale yard from Waterville just as the Carleton-York Peddler way freight is about to depart for its slow journey to Millville.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

PEI Visitors

A crew from PEI visited the railway in late February and did an excellent job of moving freight and passengers across the line.  I thoroughly enjoyed their visit.  Taylor Main has posted a number of great photos from their trip to Saint John (including some shots of Lou McIntyre's "Hampton & St. Martins Railway").  The link to Taylor's blog is here:

PEI visitors in Saint John -- February 2015

Thanks for visiting, guys!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cloverdale Subdivision soon to open

The Carleton Railway's new Cloverdale subdivision will soon begin providing efficient rail service between Millville and Maplewood.  Although Maplewood represents a very rural area in northern York County, it will provide a steady source of forest product traffic for the railway as well as additional farm shipments.  With the anticipated opening of the line, other industries are expressing interest in the area.  The subdivision will be ready in time for the next operating session on Saturday, February 21 (and for the session for guests from PEI on February 28).

Also new is the community of Lane's Creek, Carleton County, located along highway 103 between Wakefield and Pembroke on the Avondale Subdivision.  The major industry in the community is the F.W. Boyer Tannery (which in the real world existed a few miles up river in Victoria Corner).  

Employee Time Table No. 8 has been printed and is now in effect on the railway.  Crew members would of course be wise to study it before operating sessions, making note of changes.  Complimentary copies will be available at the next SJSMR open house at the Lancaster Mall on February 14.