After delivering a cut of empty woodchip cars to CP, the mill yard switcher runs light to the other end to fetch nine loads to deliver down to the mill for unloading. Marathon Pulp closed in March... (more)
Unemployed since Marathon pulp's closure last year, 8700 is waiting for the call of duty. This one's for Chris Wilson, for all the nice pictures he published of his beloved engine while operating ... (more)
About a week prior to this photo CP setoff this cut in an already snowy yard. (The CP snowblower/plow was broke down, and the spreader's ETA wasn't for another 2 days) After the setoff, it snowed ... (more)
Engineer Derek Dyer pulls the final seven cars from pulp storage, leaving the rails to rust behind. We would have 5 loaded cars, a part load with scraps, and one empty. The cars would be delivered... (more)
On its last morning pulling out of the shed, we paused for a few minutes to take some photograph's. The 8700 would be on a one way trip to the CP Yard and onto its new home at the Canac Shop in St... (more)
The 8700 crosses the chip truck crossing for the final time. I would trade the half-ton (to get back down to the plant) for the sticks to spot the 8700 out to CP. A sad site indeed.
This mill ... (more)
The final moment... Train 220 arrives to pick up the CANX 8700 from the now idled Marathon Pulp mill. The engine is bound for Montreal and with it goes my career on the industrial railway in town.
Wilson gives a wave as he haules some of the final loads from the idled Marathon Pulp mill.
THE LAST CARS TO LEAVE PULP STORAGE -- On a beautiful Monday morning, the final 7 cars are pulled out of the warehouse. The mill ran from 1946-2009.
Pulling three loads and a bad order up to the CP. The now idled mill rests in the morning light.
The final woodchip cars are spotted at the receiver. The mill will be idled indefinitely once the softwood chip pile to the right is emptied. This is expected to be within a few days. The CAT D7 c... (more)
The days are ticking away for firing this beast up. Four days earlier it was announced that Marathon Pulp would shut down for an indefinite period of time once the woodchips are cleaned out.
I just couldnt pass this scene up! As a Laidlaw Pete pulls away with a load bound for Pennsylvania, I pull away with 15 truck loads (5 boxes) of pulp for Memphis, TN and Chester, PA!
Ever wonder how we fuel up...? Taking on only 1908 Litres of Diesel Fuel (truck ran empty) from Bluewave Energy/Shell.
Doing what ALCO's do best! (Actually I cheated... full independent, and 10mph) -44C with wind chill!