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Wednesday, July 21st found us in Waterville, ME for the day. After breakfast, we headed down to the yard to find an interesting lashup idling by the office.
The Pan Am “Pink Elephant” had lead POWA (Portland-Waterville) that morning. What the locomotive… The yard crew moved the three locomotives to the shop lead and began their switching work.
My photos got a bit mixed up, but here are a few more also from Wednesday.
At this point, we had some other things to do. We returned later in the morning, around 11:30, to find that SAPPI-3 had arrived in Waterville. SAPPI-3 is a southbound train from the Sappi mill in Hinckley, operating on the Hinckley branch and joining with the maine in Fairfield, just north of Waterville.
It appeared that SAPPI-4, the return trip, would be leaving soon, so we headed north to wait. After about a half hour, they finally crawled north out of the yard.
The ex-CN GP40 duo was pretty awesome. Those two were working hard!
We headed about three minutes north to Fairfield, where we caught them crossing Lawrence Ave. and taking the Hinckley branch.
Our final stop on the chase was at the north end of Fairfield, where the Hinckley branch crosses Route 201.
It was very interesting to see how many cars, and the different types, that the Sappi mill uses. I know one thing, it’s a lot more than GP uses today in Plattsburgh!
At this point, we headed south for lunch and to check out the riverfront in (the appropriately named) Waterville. -Harrison
This article first appeared on northcountrytrains.wordpress.com
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