Friday, August 31, 2018

Tanker 3637

Cape Ann tanker 3637 spends most of its life shuttling fuels from Glen Cove to Davis and Kenton Yards. The 3 internal tanks are designated for lube oil, kerosene, and diesel.

Note the gapped rail between the block signals. The signals monitor the gap to display the correct aspect.

Catching the Acadian

If you hurry, you can get across the footbridge at Cascade and scramble up the slope to catch the afternoon Acadian rolling down the 3% grade to Kenton.

Congestion at Marias

Friday afternoons are always hectic at Marias Industrial Park. All the shippers want their goods on the move before the weekend, and cars are waiting to be spotted in their place for Monday morning.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dining in Downtown Kenton

Plenty of places to eat in downtown Kenton - important since every train, passenger and freight, stops here. High end dining can be had at the Kentonian, a refurb heavyweight car, with the attached "Gastrodome" lounge. Behind that we have the Hotel Kenton, The Oasis (dancing-bar-casino-marriage licenses-live bait), and the Trolley Diner.

Quick Eats

Quick Eat options near the ballpark. Hot dogs or Subway.

Kenton station

Kenton Station is the busiest station in the system. Every train, passenger and freight, stops here.

Improvements at Kenton Field

Today the scoreboard went up at the ballpark, along with advertising signs all along the fence. Kenton is leading 8-5, bottom of the 7th. Cautiously optimistic.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Railfanning container operations

This railfan trip we look at intermodal container operations at two locations. 20 foot containers and 40 foot containers are handled at different terminals. 20 footers are transloaded at Kenton Freight Forwarders. They are not equipped for the 40 footers. 40 footers are transloaded at Quinn Intermodal Terminal at Davis.

Kenton Freight Forwarders (KFF) - 20 foot containers are handled by the stacker seen at rear of photo.

KFF also handles LCL (Less the CarLoad/ContainerLoad) shipments and provides local pickup and delivery. 

A stack train arrives at Quinn Intermodal Terminal. 40' Containers are transloaded by the straddle crane seen at rear.

Tower QT oversees all movements at Quinn Intermodal Terminal.

40' containers waiting to be loaded once the incoming containers are removed.