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In the 1980s, a fertilizer plant in Port Maitland, Ontario, started receiving unit trains of phosphate rock from Florida, as well as acid trains from Northern Ontario. CP handed both of these trains off to the TH&B at Aberdeen Yard.

One such "rock extra" is pictured here at Vinemount with TH&B geeps 72, 73, 77 & 403 working their collective guts out.
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Caption: In the 1980s, a fertilizer plant in Port Maitland, Ontario, started receiving unit trains of phosphate rock from Florida, as well as acid trains from Northern Ontario. CP handed both of these trains off to the TH&B at Aberdeen Yard.

One such "rock extra" is pictured here at Vinemount with TH&B geeps 72, 73, 77 & 403 working their collective guts out.

Photographer:
James Adeney [241] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/23/1983 (search)
Railway: Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo (search)
Reporting Marks: THB 72 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Vinemount (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. This would have been an Extra East, as they were referred to by the TH&B, as it is not a solid unit rock train. The American Hoist (X-755), Boom Car (X-756), American Hoist Van (62), as well as the trailing gondola, would be set off in the Water Track at Smithville for the Engineering Department. The covered hoppers between the Hoist and Van would be of C&O ownership and contain chrome ore for placement at Grefco in Smithville.

  2. I wish I knew the answer. Possibly for track work at the fertilizer plant?

  3. Just one question.. from the peanut gallery – what’s with the crane and van mid train on a unit phosphate train? :)

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