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CN Hydrocrackers

  • Romet
These large Hydrocracker Reactors were build in Japan for the oil sands of Fort McMurray, AB. Consequently CN ran a special train, CN 351 from Thunder Bay with the five reactors separated by five ballast hoppers/gondolas, limited to 25mph due to W9 restrictions (wide load). In Saskatoon, the train was parked @ Nutana siding (major industrial park), before being picked up by the yard engines (two GP40-2s) for the remaining three miles to the yard.
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It is nice to see Big Loads being move by rail!
 
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Sure is. 24 axles for one is overkill IMHO, but I'm no engineer. Must be really heavy... I think I read somewhere that they're actually welded onto the flats - no point using chains for something this big. Given the low speed you'd think he'd take the PNL route.
 
You capturred the movement better than I did...there was too much mist for my position to work!
 
Roman, it appears I made a mistake...These may be "Fractional Distillation Columns", or "Frac Towers".
 
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No worries Elijah, just Google it! Look here:
http://utenti.lycos.it/belleli_equipment/
First photo is of Hydrocrackers Reactors
Looks very similar to our photos, but I'm no expert!
 

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