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posted by David Blazejewski alias Dave Blaze Rail Photography on Sunday 17th of May 2020 11:40:43 AM

Here is another shot from a few weeks ago when I was fortunate to catch the NEGS' first run of 2020. Stepping back from the crowd in the parking lot I got this shot that I really liked. It reminds of my back yard as a kid with tall pines mixed with oaks and maples and the soft ground cover of fallen leaves and pine needles in tones brown and burnt orange. I always loved just sitting out in the pine grove with a book or by a little campfire. All that was missing in my backyard was a set of rails cutting through it! But here that fantasy seems to have come to life! Anyway here are the details. The sole locomotive belonging to the New England Southern Railroad, SW1500 2555 (EMD blt. 1/70 for the Southern Pacific with the same number), switches their sole customer 3M. The 60,000 sq ft plant first opened in 1947 and was known as the Quinn-T and Corporation and then Innovative Paper Technologies (IPT) for many years. Since the late 1970s IPT has developed and manufactured more than 300 inorganic paper products engineered for diverse industrial applications at temperatures ranging from below zero to more than 250 degrees centigrade, including electrical insulation for motors, generators and transformers and flame barriers in household appliances. At the time of the 2007 acquisition by 3M, Joe LaPlante, vice-president of operations at IPT, said that the company's annual sales were about $15-million. 3M is located about 16 miles north of Concord on a spur off the former Boston, Concord & Montreal main that was a through route seeing daily Montreal- Boston passenger service right until the segment north of Plymouth to Wells River was abandoned at the end of 1954. Since then it has just been an extension of the branch from Lincoln. The B&M petitioned for abandonment in 1975 and the state of New Hampshire purchased the entire line. The NEGS was formed in 1982 and has been the contract freight operator since. The Plymouth & Lincoln Railroad operates two tourist operations (the Winnipesaukee Scenic and Hobo Railroads respectively) on the middle and northern portions of the line. Freight traffic has dwindled over the years to the point that NEGS has just this one remaining consistent customer, and they only receive a dozen or so cars per year meaning the NEGS only runs 8 to 10 revenue freight trains a year making it arguably the must elusive and hardest to catch operation in New England. In fact, given the dearth of traffic the railroad shuts down all winter and bridges are planked over, handrails and signage put up, and the line is turned over as a state sanctioned snow mobile trail corridor. The train seen here was the first run of the 2020 operating year and picked up two loaded tanks for 3M and and six loaded center beams of ties for track improvements along the length of the state owned property. Tilton, New Hampshire Wednesday April 22, 2020

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