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So........National Steel Car has been building coil cars for the NS.  They are brought down to St. Catharines where Steelcon is constructing the lids, or domes, rather, and they are being applied here at the plant just off Eastchester.
In this view 1859 has just brought more cars to be 'domed' and have pushed back to connect with the finished product inside the compound. Then 1859 brought the whole works out and backed the train across Eastchester on their main line and left the domed cars there, then pushing the new cars back into the compound where the next lot of domes will be applied and so the process repeats when the next lot from NSC comes in.
Finally, some entertainment on the North End. :o) I do not know how many cars NS has ordered.
I was surprised to see the 1859 working. Expected to see the red JLCX 3502, but I understand it has now gone off lease to GIO.
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Caption: So........National Steel Car has been building coil cars for the NS. They are brought down to St. Catharines where Steelcon is constructing the lids, or domes, rather, and they are being applied here at the plant just off Eastchester. In this view 1859 has just brought more cars to be 'domed' and have pushed back to connect with the finished product inside the compound. Then 1859 brought the whole works out and backed the train across Eastchester on their main line and left the domed cars there, then pushing the new cars back into the compound where the next lot of domes will be applied and so the process repeats when the next lot from NSC comes in. Finally, some entertainment on the North End. :o) I do not know how many cars NS has ordered. I was surprised to see the 1859 working. Expected to see the red JLCX 3502, but I understand it has now gone off lease to GIO.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [2021] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/24/2022 (search)
Railway: GIO Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: GIO (TRRY) 1859 (search)
Train Symbol: north end switching (search)
Subdivision/SNS: GIO NS&T Spur (search)
City/Town: St. Catharines (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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13 Comments
  1. Very nice picture, sunshine, blue sky and some good old Alco smoke ! Good to see the 1859 still working, it certainly has the power to drag 18 cars. Much appreciate update of what is happening at Steelcon, whether more coil cars are arriving, and the status of 1859. Thanks for posting, John

  2. This is really neat. Great shot Arnold.

  3. Great catch Arnold.

  4. I believe they’re known as hoods in this context.

    Cool to see this.

  5. Excellent ,glad this has finally started. I’m hoping to come see it in the next few weeks.

  6. Awesome

  7. Arnold, great photo. I saw a cut of these NS coil cars without hoods heading east on the Halton Sub. last Thursday on a 570. I had heard they were getting outfitted with hoods at St. Catherines so now I know where.

  8. Mr. Knott: Brain was really struggling when I got around to posting this. Yes, of course…Hoods!!! :o )

  9. Haha, I hear ya :)

  10. OK Arnold, just exactly where are you when you took this picture ? What is the name of the.street to the right of 1859? Was trying to determine your location by looking at Google maps but not sure of your exact location, John

  11. Arnold …not to be a stickler, but TRENERGY is building the hoods for NSC…the building was sold to STEELCON a few years back but TRENERGY still leases 100,000 sqft in the main high bay section. About 8 years back TRENERGY was building tanks for NSC tank cars at the same site but in the low bay…the TRENERGY name was recently removed from the east end of the high bay and replaced with the STEELCON sign….the facility was originally FOSTER WHEELER and dates from the early 1900’s…nice shot

  12. John: That is Grantham Av S. to the right and Eastchester is behind me.

    Klaucker: Well, geez!!!! Not being familiar with the ever-changing industrial scene in old St. Kitts I noted the huge “Steelcon” sign facing the street on the right and thought, “Thats good enough for me”!!! So I stand corrected. I thank you for this.
    Yes, I remember Foster-Wheeler. Been gone from there quite a while.

  13. Thank you Arnold for the clarification, I had the wrong building thinking the hoods were being manufactured at the plant further east at Eastchester and Petrie, and Klaucker thanks for the relation between Trenergy and Steelcon and the history of the building, much appreciated, John

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