Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Cape Ann Cannonball

The Cape Ann Cannonball is a single coach providing passenger service attached to train 61/62, the mid-day Kenton Turn as it switches customers between Davis and Kenton. 

The Cannonball departs Davis Yard daily at noon, with stops* at Maris, Hammond, Cape Ann, and Glen Cove; arriving at Kenton generally around 2:00 PM. It then reverses direction, making the same stops, before returning to Davis generally by 4:30 PM. This is provided as a mid-day transportation option during the period when only freight traffic is running.

Passengers are advised this is no-frills transportation - there is no power available, no food service, and the only published time is departure from Davis Yard daily at noon. All arrivals down the line will depend on switching needs and may vary widely from day to day. Frequent stops will occur while freight cars are switched at industries along the way. Passengers should inquire at their local station, where the agent can advise expected arrival times.
    While there is no food service on board, the train holds at Kenton where a cafe is available at the station and several takeout options are nearby.

    *all stops on the Cannonball are considered flag stops. Train may not stop unless passengers are boarding or departing.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    LCL Handling

    Kenton Freight Forwarders handles all LCL (Less then CarLoad) shipments, as well as 20' containers. (40' containers are handled at a separate facility, Quinn Intermodal Terminal).

    Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Big Hook 932

    Cape Ann’s big hook 932 is now in service (not that we have that many derailments!). This is a Tyco crane which was originally lettered for Santa Fe. The Santa Fe roadname was dissolved with some alcohol, and the original red paint kept, but faded with a lighter wash. The 932 decal was added, and the doors painted a darker shade, and the windows glazed. The frame and crane arm were brush painted a dark grey then given a black wash and a rust wash. (All washes are acrylic craft paint thinned with 50% isopropyl alcohol).

    click to enlarge

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    The Oasis

    The Oasis is a (real) bar in Shelby, Montana. It is one of our favorite sights when passing through town on the Empire Builder.

    Bar, casino, dancing, live bait, hunting and fishing licenses!

    So of course, we needed our own Oasis on the layout. Here it is. It is not an exact duplicate, but pretty close to get the flavor. 

    Fortunately, I was able to find a photo of the building taken from exactly in front, which allowed me to resize and print out the two signs easily.

    Here it is in context, located in Kenton, between the Kenton Motel and the Diner.

    Just like the real world, every railroad station must have a bar close by!

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    VIA Alouette stops in Cape Ann

    VIA's Alouette stops in Cape Ann twice a week. (The most direct route from Montréal to Nova Scotia is right though Maine, so this is a regular event).

    Passengers await VIA's Alouette

    FP9 4708 leads the Alouette

    Dome 827, Chanleur Falls