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I wouldn't dismiss HBR so quickly. They still serve Tolko in The Pas and I'd assume still serve Hudson Bay Minerals for their zinc concentrator in Flin Flon. HBR also provides producst for many rural communities as I saw first hand through watching several flatbed cars get loaded with Betty...
We get a couple hundred of those tankers every month to just sit in storage. Branchlines are used to store those cars many km out of town. You'll also see the ones with the 'remove' decal placed over the load type.
In an attempt to add a photo at least once a week, I thought I'd start with one from last year. Carlton Trail was just entering the Prince Albert yard with a load of grain, when the last three cars jumped the rails and carved a nice groove in the pavement. Several hundred feet of track had to be...
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