I feel like the cement silos that Lafarge Canada own on the south side of the Miramichi River, in Chatham, New Brunswick have been there forever. It’s a beautiful location and would be idea as an industry on a model railway. Obviously the plant’s small size and picturesque riverbank location speak in favour but the attraction is further enhanced by the fact that, to reach the plant, CN need to use a small switchback siding at the base of a hill.
This Google Map view shows the location of the plant and if you zoom in you can see the track layout:
As I drove home I gazed toward the plant from the highway and saw a pile of hoppers on site being unloaded. I don’t think I’ve ever seen cars here and immediately I couldn’t resist the urge to stop by to take a closer look. Out came the camera and here are some of the photos I took last Wednesday:
I wish I had thought to have visited the office to ask about how they move cars through the plant. They can only unload one car at a time (I assume) so they must have a tractor or something like one to propel the cars CN has placed for them. On my visit, there were six cars on the property: three at the switch, one being unloaded, and two at the far end of the siding.