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Victoria, 3-10 to 8-10-2004
St. Mary's Cement in Bowmanville has long been a reliable CN customer. CN 7074-4100 lead CN's Cobourg Turn from Bowmanville back to Belleville on June 26, 1998 at Morningstar Road west of Trenton, cement cars in tow (top photo). At the time of this photo, the plant was served by the Belleville roadswitcher assignment, CN No 518. Now this assignment only travels as far west as Cobourg, returning to Belleville. I believe the plant is now switched from Oshawa.
St. Mary's Cement opened the Bowmanville plant in 1968, replacing two wet kilns with a dry kiln in the early 1990's producing 5,000 tonnes per day! Located adjacent to a quarry that is expected to have useable limestone for the next 90 years! Producing cement for such notable local projects as the Darlington nuclear energy plant, Roy Thomson Hall and the CN Tower, the plant is truly embedded in the local scene...and topography! Visits to CN's Belleville yard would often reveal Flexi-Flo covered hoppers waiting to be delivered to Bowmanville. MDTX 897830 (above) with MDT lettering and logo, and 897754 'plain-jane' at Belleville on January 11, 2001. MDTX 897690 at Belleville on October 11, 1998, with the can-opener logo and Conrail lettering barely visible: While my observations (see below) were sometimes made in Belleville, passing through Bowmanville aboard VIA Rail also provided some data. The Bowmanville plant looms large over this eastbound VIA five-car train captioned 1982 - online auction site photo - with the lead just visible behind the baggage car, diverging from the south track. The plant lead parallels and descends from the mainline embankment to the silos. Video captures from aboard VIA train No 54 in July 2018 show CITX and CEFX short covered hoppers: 40 on the lead, 15 around the loading silos. The plant's limestone quarry is in background at left: From this distance, the short cement cars look almost like....models.
My Flexi-Flo observations by date, car number, notes/location:
Oct 11/98 MDTX 897690 at Belleville
Jan 21/99 NAHX 93632 with Trackmobile at Bowmanville
Apr 3/99 MDTX 897754 at Belleville
May/99 MDTX 897884, 8977776, 897799 setout at Belleville
Jun 24/99 MDTX 897754, 897829, 897720, 897887, 897774, 897693 at Bowmanville
No date? SMMX 100001, NAHX 93402 short
Sep 28/99 MDTX 897851, 897879, 897857 and NAHX 93632 short at Bowmanville
Nov 6/99 MDTX 897825, 897892 Belleville setout
Mar 5/00 MDTX 897829 to Bowmanville
Aug 24/00 MDTX 897720 lifted by CN No 365 at Belleville
May 17/10 Rusty rails, no cars due to Bowmanville strike.
July 10/14 Rail shipping has resumed.
Rapido Trains Inc. announced Flexi-Flo cars at the Amherst Train Show in January 2019, and since this post has languished in Draft form for 18 months, the models are now being delivered!
Speaking of models and Flexi-Flo's, check out the modelling of this Flexi-Flo by the inimitable Bob Fallowfield. In this case, produced by irrepressible Rapido Trains:
Less than two weeks until the U.S. Presidential election, and from watching coverage, I can already predict each candidate's answers to reporters' questions. Last night's debate included many of the same lines from three weeks ago, except this time they were audible!
Speaking of stock lines, I recently spent an enjoyable morning matching archival photos with current locations, trying not to become a traffic statistic while doing so, such as in the middle of Ontario Street: Here, the LNER 4472 'Flying Scotsman' tiptoed across this lakefront street back in 1970, with the downtown track removed soon after.
I'm waiting for a printed proof copy of my latest book on Kingston history!
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