West Coast Railways Timber Trains.

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WCR will be starting up timber trains from Georgmas to Inverness for Norboard in the near future.
 
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66C

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That's what my mate says when he was offered a job by them. Also wondering how many wagons they could haul with a 37.
 

Amlag

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There Is an 0044 Invernes Millburn yd to Georgemas Jn on Mon 3/8 with empty timber wgns returning
at 1735 on Tues 4/8 loaded .
 

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According to well placed Feight sources on another forum WCR are operating this on behalf of Colas which makes a lot of since as Colas regulary hire drivers from WCR. And Colas operate all the other timbet trains.
 

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Train worked to Inverness yesterday with (thanks JTC)
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According to well placed Feight sources on another forum WCR are operating this on behalf of Colas which makes a lot of since as Colas regulary hire drivers from WCR. And Colas operate all the other timbet trains.
is this only short-term (IE only a few weeks) or long-term?
 

ScottDarg

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is this only short-term (IE only a few weeks) or long-term?
6 week trial apparently. 2 loaded trains to Inverness per week.

In the long term Norbord want their own siding for bringing in both the raw timber and sending out the finished product:
Bosses at Norbord are looking to the Highlands’ rail lines to support the expansion of its plant near Inverness.

The Canadian firm is investing more than £125 million in the Morayhill plant, safeguarding 130 workers and 300 further Highland jobs, mainly in forestry.

It is the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB), which is used in construction and furniture manufacturing as a replacement for plywood.

Site improvements are due to get underway in the coming months following approval by Highland councillors of a plan to increase the height of two towers at the Moray Firth site.

The increase in production means a rise in HGV movements to and from the factory from around 340 each day to 378.

Highlands and Island MSP John Finne has written to Norbord asking that it commit to moving materials by rail in an effort to ease traffic flow on the roads network in and around Inverness.

The company already makes use of Highland rail links, with boards loaded onto rail containers on site and transferred to Inverness Railway station before being transported onto rail carriages on the southbound line in the marshalling yard.

Norbord officials have also been in touch with officials from Network Rail, investigating opportunities for a rail connection on the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line.

A series of trials have been undertaken to support the concept.

A spokesman for Norbord said: “We would support the development of the rail infrastructure in Inverness.”

Mr Finnie said: ““I have visited the Norbord plant and recognise the significant contribution its work contributes to the Highland economy.

“Given the climate emergency we face, an increase in HGV traffic will concerning to many.

“With the site’s immediate proximity to the Aberdeen to Inverness line, I’ve written to the company asking them to examine opportunities to convey material to the site by rail.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are committed to encouraging more businesses to transport their products by rail and we are working with Norbord and the rail freight industry to explore options at this location.”
 

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Obviously WCR are using the same locomotives for these trains as on their passenger trains, but is special training needed for their drivers to move onto freight? I was thinking about the same concept as when a tractor driver has to take a trailer test even though he can drive a tractor already.
 

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Sorry to ask the daft question but are there any photos of the move mentioned above? My twitter feed is normally full of photos of any unusual or one-off moves like this but I haven't seen any of this. Cheers!
 

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Sorry to ask the daft question but are there any photos of the move mentioned above? My twitter feed is normally full of photos of any unusual or one-off moves like this but I haven't seen any of this. Cheers!
A Flickr user that lives along the Far North Line has posted some images of the empty train arriving at Georgemas and the loading: https://www.flickr.com/photos/171108264@N04/
 

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