Prototype Monday 3
I love researching and delving into my prototype. The amazing thing about doing internet research is that I can find out some amazing real things to incorporate into my model railroad world.
I recently discovered a short, short, shortline that connects with the QGRY and serves an industry that I hope/plan to model. Crossing the Lanaudière region over a distance of 17 kms between Joliette and Saint-Félix-de-Valois, the Chemin de Fer Lanaudiere (CFL) is owned by Bell-Gaz – a large independent distributor of propane gas in the Lanaudière region.
Google maps gives me a pretty good view of the facility and gives me an idea of both the track arrangements and the number of car spots. While I will need to employ extreme selective compression with a copious serving of artistic license, I am excited by the operating potential of the following scenario:
- CPR or CNR trains carry tank cars containing propane gas from Alberta to Montreal.
- At Montreal, these Chemin de Fer Lanaudière propane tank cars are transferred to QGRY trains bound for Trois-Rivières and the QGRY Lanoraie Turn coming from Trois-Rivières to drop off CFL tank cars at the QGRY/CFL interchange at Notre-Dame-des-Prairies.
- CFL trains take these propane tanks cars from the interchange track up to Saint-Felix-de-Valois where the Bell Gas propane gas terminal is located.
CFL owns only two engines. Some great pics can be found on RailPictures.net…
A RS18-3a #3000, which is an ex-CP RS18 8734 built in 1957 by MLW. And the engine that I plan to model will be CFL #114 – an old Alco S13m. As an added bonus I can now buy that WalthersProto Russell Snowplow that I wanted ’cause they have one of those as well! Thank you CFL!