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Campbellton Shops

Most of NBEC's equipment is maintained at the Campbellton shops. The shops operate on two shifts: day 0800-1600 and evening 1600-2400 hours. Open daily except Sundays for day shift and except Saturdays for night shift.

The Trains

Train #DescriptionTime on dutyFrom
402-403NBEC & CFMG Thru0700 dailyCampbellton
591Dalhousie shunter0900 daily ex Sat SunCampbellton
590Night yard shunter2230 dailyCampbellton
586Ore train to Brunswick Mines1630 Sun-ThursBathurst
587Ore train to Belledune0430 Mon-FriBathurst
597Yard0800 dailyBathurst
578Yard-Chatham0730 dailyMiramichi
402-403Thru Train1400 daily ex SatMiramichi
580Yard-Chatham1400 Sun, 1600 Mon-FriMiramichi

Unit Roster

MLW RS18u: 1809, 1813, 1814, 1816, 1818, 1819, 1821, 1829, 1830, 1834, 1835, 1840, 1841, 1845, 1849, 1851, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1864, 1866, 1867, 1868
Notes: 1809 is used for parts. 1816 needs work (out of service). 1853 and 1855 are both out of service, but should return to service. ex Canadian Pacific and ex Quebec Gatineau

ALCO/MLW C424: 4210, 4219, 4230, 4235, 4238, 4243
Notes: 4219 used for parts. 4238 and 4243 on hold for use by Quebec Railway Corporation.

EMD SD40: 6900 (ex CN 5087), 6901 (ex CN 5040), 6904 (ex CN 5021), 6905 (ex CN 5010). Notes: All rebuilt at Alstom in Montreal in 1999.

Here are a few notes from Justin Babcock, a mechanic on the NBEC. The RS18u locomotives were intended to provide power for the early years of the railway, to be replaced in the future. Since then, the RS18s have proven themselves as good for switching duties and hold a pretty good reputation. Since Northern New Brunswick has been MLW country for years, these units are no stranger to the area. NBEC is putting money to keep the units running for a few years. About 10 units have had their main generator blow and were sent to Montreal for repairs. Some units have received governor upgrades, and some are having pollutant taks installed to collect oil/fuel leaks. The only painted unit in NBEC colors is 1857, but more units are to be painted.

The C424s have an unknown future. They are mostly used as spares with the SD40s, and will probably be the first units to leave. 

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