For those following these trains, they are not being delivered the same route as last year, as they had arrived to the NECR via Norfolk Southern and Pan Am Southern at that time, incurring delays on the Pan Am that set back deliveries for up to a few days. The trains are leaving SDI this year and being handed off to Canadian National for forwarding from Chicago to St. Albans, via Toronto and Montreal. Rail Train 4 had operated as a stand-alone rail train to Montreal, while Rail Train 5 made it as far as Flint before being combined with a M39231 train for delivery. M32421 trains are used to deliver the loaded rail to St. Albans, a daily merchandise train from Montreal to St. Albans, VT.
|Heading back to St. Albans with the empty train on March 18, GEXR 3843 leads the FEC GP40-3 437.|
Navigating the connection from the Burlington Sub to the Roxbury Subdivision, Rail Train 5 prepares to start the day's work on March 25.
The morning briefing precedes any work and in this photo, Jerry Logston, Operations Manager of Rail Unloader Operations for LB Foster (left with blue/yellow jacket and white hat) explains the day's plans and processes with workers from Railworks/Atlas and the NECR crew (Conductor Spencer Hogan partially visible behind Ron Bocash near center).
Jerry Logstonlubricates some of the wheeled parts for the rail to roll off the train and through the unloader.
Looking south, the train is stretched around the curve for the full 1,640 feet of rail.
Stringing the cable through the loading guides, Railworks/Atlas workers are preparing to begin pulling the rail from the train in anticipation of anchoring it at the Burlington Sub Jct. switch in Essex Jct.
Logston and Hogan prepare the rail to be pulled down this side of the train and through the guides via the pully system.
Please watch this Blog for additional updates as the NECR HSR Project progresses.
White River Junction, VT