At the most recent operating session of the WRMRC, my first assignment was the pulp train. The crew picks up their train at Cartier yard at the west end of the Cartier Subdivision. Loads of pulpwood on flat cars that are permanently assigned to this train come off of the Negemos Subdivision. The crew pick up these loads and proceed eastbound into Sudbury where they run around the train in order to switch-back onto the Webbwood Subdivision. The train then heads west on the Webbwood Subdivision to Nairn where they swap cars out of the Eddy lumber plant. This operation takes a bit of time as the crew shuffles cuts of cars back and forth from the plant, tying up both the mainline and the siding at Nairn. When they’re finished the swap, the train takes the empties west into Sudbury and ultimately re-traces its route back up to Cartier.
On the WRMRC, we haven’t built the Cartier Subdivision west of Sudbury, so our pulp train comes into Sudbury from staging. The run between staging and the Eddy plant is relatively true to the prototype because we’ve built the Webbwood Sub past Nairn, and we’ve built the tracks into the Eddy plant.
This train is sure to be one of my favourite assignments once we get the Cartier Subdivision built. During the time period we’re modelling, MLW road switchers abound in the Sudbury area. There is a very high likelihood of drawing a pair of them on this run.