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"The Moose" is the nickname for the Detroit Diesel powered Pettibone lift truck used to move materials around the yard. Perhaps some former employees can shed light to why the nickname. Two pairs of yard engines bask in the bright winter sun at the "roundhouse" (Literally what remains of the former Erie and Huron Railway roundhouse) while Imperial Oil's Sarnia refinery surround the place. Some of the refinery to the north was torn down (Lubricants plant) but still does receive rail service via CN. The CSX mainline continues about a mile north to left (with a small yard still in use called Lower Yard) and behind that smokestack and ends at a CN Connector by Divine St - according to track diagrams the end of line was where Confederation St once crossed the line (removed by plant expansion a few decades ago, all now demolished!). The last time the north interchange was used was 2013 when there was troubles on the reserve . I enjoy the gritty, industrial scenes of Sarnia.  You have to work around the pipeline bridges and other objects, and security watching you as you take photos and sometimes following you around :)
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Caption: "The Moose" is the nickname for the Detroit Diesel powered Pettibone lift truck used to move materials around the yard. Perhaps some former employees can shed light to why the nickname. Two pairs of yard engines bask in the bright winter sun at the "roundhouse" (Literally what remains of the former Erie and Huron Railway roundhouse) while Imperial Oil's Sarnia refinery surround the place. Some of the refinery to the north was torn down (Lubricants plant) but still does receive rail service via CN. The CSX mainline continues about a mile north to left (with a small yard still in use called Lower Yard) and behind that smokestack and ends at a CN Connector by Divine St - according to track diagrams the end of line was where Confederation St once crossed the line (removed by plant expansion a few decades ago, all now demolished!). The last time the north interchange was used was 2013 when there was troubles on the reserve . I enjoy the gritty, industrial scenes of Sarnia. You have to work around the pipeline bridges and other objects, and security watching you as you take photos and sometimes following you around :)

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Stephen C. Host [961] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/10/2015 (search)
Railway: CSX Transportation (search)
Reporting Marks: CSXT 2574, 2756 (search)
Train Symbol: Y120, Y121 etc (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Sarnia (search)
City/Town: Sarnia (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. For whatever reason I basically only know the higher security so I have a higher tolerance than some for it.

    Mercer “The Moose” is now parked by the boat yard office.. I am not 100% sure if it’s still used or not but it’s basically with the other MOW equipment, so it just may be.. they are storing quite a bit of stuff down there in the hold tracks including the MOW flatcar and a ballast car plus some other rail mounted stuff.. and mounds of track materials sorted and not.

    I’ll have a closer look next trip – Easter timeframe.

    Also going to have another look to see if the cabooses are still there.. haven’t seen in a while since they were parked on the shed track together. They seem to have been gathered for one reason or another.

  2. THE MOOSE appears to have seen better days; its probably 40 years old.
    The tires look flat, and for sure they are void of most tread.
    If you ever watched it in action you’d know where it got it’s name….
    Looks an upgraded Sand car, a waffle-side box.

  3. That security and related paranoia at the chemical plants along the Texas Gulf coast is what really took the fun out of the hobby. Now that I am in central Ohio, things are somewhat more relaxed and I am back out and about photographing trains.

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