Suleski Transportation & Cape Ann Rail on 5-3-09
Suleski Transportation MOW train 1 headed out over Cape Ann trackage early Sunday morning.
In the train is crane ST #2600 and our new shovel ST # 90226
ST #28 holds the yard switch waiting for clearance from the dispatcher before
heading out with the work train.
The containers in the well car have track tools, supplies and equipment.
ST #28 is an ex Conrail GP38-2 that has been rebuilt through our shops.
ST Crane #2600 folded in travel position.
ST #90226 is looking very clean as it goes out for its first job.
The train pulls under Cape Ann Rails new high line.
Working its way towards Beverly yard crews enjoy the beautiful Sunday morning weather.
ST #28 enters the newest tunnel on Cape Ann Rail heading into Beverly yard.
ST #28 exits the tunnel coming into Beverly yard.
The Cape Ann Rails newest engine facility and Beverly yard tracks
One of Cape Ann Rails shays is doing switching duty.
As we come though the yard we can see some of the crews waiting for their trains to be made up.
We'll be taking the new switch to the left and heading up onto the high line to do some last minute work for Cape Ann Rail.
Until now only small logging trains have used the high line. The ST MOW train crew has to check out the road bed for heavier traffic that will be coming later today.
The Cape Ann Rail yard is very busy this morning
It's a very different sight seeing the well used rail crane and the shiny new shovel.
The ST MOW train slows as it exits the high tunnel at the peak of the mountain.
This is the track area that needs to be checked
Crews have found an area where the roadbed needs to be shored up. The engineer sets the train into position.
Crews remove one of the containers to get at the tools needed.
While the shovel works on the grade the crane crew swings rocks into place.
The new shovel makes quick work of the grading.
We figure every railroad will want one of these once they see it in action.
With its job complete, the ST MOW train heads out to check the remainder of the roadbed.
We are on the plateau where Cape Ann Light sits. Crews are running with the door open to keep the cab cool since we are moving at such a slow speed. It is a gorgeous morning, even if this unit had ac we wouldn't need it.
ST #28 pulls across the high line bridge.
The views are spectacular from this part of the line.
Following slowly behind us is a Cape Ann Rail 3 truck shay bringing cars of pulp wood down to Beverly yard.
Descending the grade we travel through some beautiful landscapes.
Crews on the ST MOW train are thinking about how they are going to spend the rest of this beautiful day once they get back to Amesbury.
The Cape Ann Rail engine house is busy
Coming down off the high line and back through the yard crews from ST #28 wave to the Cape Ann crews.
The Cape Ann Rail pulp wood train follows us into the yard.
The ST MOW train heads out across the steel arch bridge leaving Beverly.
Another Cape Ann Rail train works through 5 sisters cut with pulp wood and wood chip cars.
A Suleski Transportation mixed freight leaves Amesbury for Beverly and Salem
ST #9042 waits for a signal to enter Beverly yard.
This is a fine sight seeing a Dash 9 and a working shay in the same yard.
The ST mixed freight rolls through the Beverly yard on its way to Salem
Climbing the grade to the high line behind the Cape Ann engine house.
The large engine makes quick work of climbing the grade.
ST #9042 runs across the plateau and heads for the high bridge.
Running across the high bridge ST #9042 looks like its hardly working.
The crew in the bay window caboose get a great view.
Coming down grade into Salem yard the ST mixed freight will take a short break while switching some cars.
As the mixed freight heads back through Beverly yard we are surprised to see crews still sitting around even with all the Cape Ann trains working.
ST #9042 sweeps around the curve leaving Beverly.
Another Cape Ann Rail shay out on the line.
The river is running fast today with all the spring run off. I think I did see some fishing rods on that last shay we passed.
Here a Cape Ann Rail shay is working across the high bridge.
The cars of wood chips will be heading to Salem yard.
ST #9042 is seen here delivering Cape Ann Rails new MOW crane #101 from the Suleski Transportation shops.
It is being pushed at the head of the train so it can be set off in Beverly yard.
This crane is new from the ST shops and is being put into service today by the
new Cape Ann Rail operator Eli.
His name was even lettered on to the crane.
The ST mixed freight heads home to Amesbury after a great day of running on Cape Ann Rail.
It's funny how quiet and peaceful a right of way came become so quickly.
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