Upcoming Macmillan Bloedel Alberni Pulp and paper division SW900u switcher project
Well I have come up with another interesting project. Macmillan Bloedel was a very large producer of forest products in British Columbia. Their operations were on Vancouver island and the Sunshine coast. They produced both lumber and pulp and paper. They were doing fine until the late 1990's when they were bought out by Weyerhaeuser and sold of piece by piece. They had switchers at all of their mills in the BC coast. The one that I really came to like was the one at port alberni. It is not used at port alberni any more thanks to Rail America pissing of the new owner Catalyst and Catalyst switched to truck. The switcher was a former southern pacific unit acquired by Macmillan Bloedel in the late 80's to replace their old GE 40 tonner locomotive. The switcher would take the cars that CP (later Rail America) brought in and switched them around the mill and placed the outgoing loads for CP. For this project I plan to use a athearn blue box SW9. I will paint it and modify it and paint in and decal it.