Ridley Terminal Coal Train

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The Renton Rocket

New Member
the plan is as i have herd is BNSF brings a coal train to auburn then exchange the power for the CN units and it goes north the on its return empty to Auburn the swap it done to BNSF power and goes south empty which mean that some more jobs will be put on at Auburn a yardmaster, switchcrew, more carmen,hostlers and locomotive services(for the CN locomotives)
 

BN Oly

New Member
I will go ahead and assume that these will get to PG via the Frasier River route and not BCR correct?
 

BCR4601

Oh my gosh a Yardmaster
Travel up thru Kamloops to PG then on to Prince Rupert.BCR line going north would need a min of 9 uits to lift it up and over the northbound rulling grades from North Van to PG.
 

run8

Hogger
C-DKMNWE0-02 (Decker, MT to New Westminster, BC) is at Auburn and has been worked by the carmen. The power will be in a 3x1 configuration; this is how the CN said they want it set up. The 1800 Tacoma K crew is scheduled to take the train north to Everett this evening. The next Decker train is due into Auburn on the 19th.
 

GE Power

New Member
I saw the four unit CN set at the south end of Auburn yard on Tuesday and wondered what that was all about.

Very interesting.

John Van Amburg
Auburn, WA
 
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washy

New Member
the plan is as i have herd is BNSF brings a coal train to auburn then exchange the power for the CN units and it goes north the on its return empty to Auburn the swap it done to BNSF power and goes south empty which mean that some more jobs will be put on at Auburn a yardmaster, switchcrew, more carmen,hostlers and locomotive services(for the CN locomotives)
Hmmm, so do all the work at Auburn? If they ran the trains over Stevens the inspections and power swap could be done at Thorton Yard. With that being said, I'll bet the empties go back over Stampede, the gorge is a mess and its going to get worst over the summer..
 

Trackside

Plays Well With Others
It will be nice to catch one of these along the coastline! The only thing cooler is if BNSF has the CN units sent to Wenatchee to bring these coal trains over the hill with a bunch of BNSF power helping.
 

BCR4601

Oh my gosh a Yardmaster
BNSF has handed off the first PRB train to CN destined for Ridley Island Terminals.Here it is on the north track just east of Hydro and it will be running ACOT.
Not to be out done a Roberts Bank empty EB comes off the BCR Port Sub and runs on the south track.One train going CP Cascade Sub the other CN Yale Sub.
Going away into the sun at 50per,not the best shot
 

run8

Hogger
How many of these BNSF-Prince Rupert coal trains will there be, and for how long? Anybody know how many trains per day, week, month?
The normal routing for these trains is through Sweet Grass, MT (BNSF-CP-CN); there is some maintenance that needs to be done on the Sweet Grass Sub first. The memo I read said that they would be running up here for the next month or so. I'm not sure how many trains a week but the line up is showing one for late Saturday night and one on Sunday morning.
 

PNWhogger

"Loco" motive engineer
The normal routing for these trains is through Sweet Grass, MT (BNSF-CP-CN); there is some maintenance that needs to be done on the Sweet Grass Sub first. The memo I read said that they would be running up here for the next month or so. I'm not sure how many trains a week but the line up is showing one for late Saturday night and one on Sunday morning.
That was the original plan until the CP told the BNSF that they could only handle ONE train per WEEK. Now, they will be going through New West and CN.
 

andrewjonathon

New Member
That was the original plan until the CP told the BNSF that they could only handle ONE train per WEEK. Now, they will be going through New West and CN.
One train per week! That sounds like CP didn't want to deal with these trains for some reason. I wonder what the real story was.
 

washy

New Member
One train per week! That sounds like CP didn't want to deal with these trains for some reason. I wonder what the real story was.
The CP is buried, the company took the quits away, the weather has been playing havoc and they've extremely power short.. We've been detouring grain trains for the last couple weeks..
 

andrewjonathon

New Member
Does anyone know what the logic is changing the locomotives to CN in Auburn? It seems like it would be more efficient to do the change in Thornton yard as opposed to bringing CN units all the way down to Auburn.
 

run8

Hogger
Does anyone know what the logic is changing the locomotives to CN in Auburn? It seems like it would be more efficient to do the change in Thornton yard as opposed to bringing CN units all the way down to Auburn.
They are swapping the power at Auburn due to capacity restrictions at Thornton Yard, or so the CN says.
 

BCR4601

Oh my gosh a Yardmaster
The first Ridley Terminal coal train from the PRB is at Arnold(Chilliwack) on its way back.1 unit and 125 cars.
 




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