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Date: 04/13/19 06:45
NECR Local 603 and road freight 611 exchange consists at Palmer
Author: JPB

Photo 1: On the left is power for NECR Palmer local 603 which has just pulled the cut of cars headed by the covered hopper on the far left out of the yard south of the CSX diamond. Power on the right is a trio of SD40 rebuilds that had been waiting with the inbound 611 consist from Brattleboro. The unfortunately placed hurricane fence likely belongs to Mass Central whose small engine facility is out of sight to the right. 611 power has cutaway and will couple onto the covered hopper while 603's engines will grab the inbound consist (including many loaded Amtrak ballast cars) for which it has received paper (wheel report and/or air slips?) and drag it to the yard for parsing. In a few minutes once the Palmer main is cleared, northbound 611 will depart on its return to Brattleboro.

Photo 2: 
NECR 611 has just departed Palmer and is climbing a short grade out of the Quaboag River valley up to Three Rivers, MA approaching the Quaboag St grade crossing.

Photo 3: NECR 611 slowly rolls toward downtown Three Rivers powered by 3 former Southern Pacific SD40 variants, two 50+ year old SD40 rebuilds, including one with an SD45 long hood, surrounding a comparative youngster, a 39 year old SD40T-2 tunnel motor. Consist has quite a few empty bulk head flats perhaps heading back to Canada to be reloaded with lumber and building supplies.

Date: 04/13/19 07:13
Re: NECR Local 603 and road freight 611 exchange consists at Palm
Author: perklocal

Very Nice ! That first shot reminds me of the old mustard commercial, "Do you have any Grey Poupon?"

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