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Poplar River Mine Rail

  • Romet
The Poplar River Mine Railway aka Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. (nee Luscar Coal & Prairie Coal) is a small 12 mile shortline located just 3 miles north of the Montana border. With a fleet of two SD40-2s, GMTX 6973 nee ONT 1731 via PRSX & LLPX 6949 nee MP 3181 via GCSX (both leased), they move coal from the open pit south to the power plant utilizing a 22-car train set. Interestingly the Railway was using two SW1001s for the task until fairly recently wonder why they need 200% more power now?

Note the roll cage protecting the rear headlight.
Looks like white paint isnt the best choice for a coal road gets dirty very easy!
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How many cars do they have on each train?
 
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Thanks guys! Elijah, its all good until you run out of gas in the boonies after not budgeting for chasing a coal train up and down the hills. Would you believe that there is not one single gas station for 77 miles? And they charge a 6.5 cent middle of nowhere premium! I had a farmer selling me gas from his lawn mover... Guess he doesn't need to mow the lawn when it's -35F outside.

Clayton, 22 cars/train. Interestingly all the cars are slightly different in terms of logos/safety stripes etc. Unless they have a major yard that I missed, I'd say they only have maybe 30 cars? Its a fairly closed circuit operation. The other SD40-2 must be on stand-by, or working out of Beinfait even to support/replace their TR4A.
 
Both SD40-2's work strictly out of the mine at Coronach. The TR4A 5706 is still in service at Beinfait. Mine trains are usually about 20-25 cars long and only shuttle between the mine and the power plant, with balloon tracks are each location.
 

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