Search found 2045 matches

by KSmitty
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

I was thinking along the lines of how the "interchange" is going to take place, and how PORU/RUPO are going to share the yard with WATCO. SAPPI has some pretty strong rules regarding ST operating on their property. Double derail, so ST and mill guys are always seperated by at least 1 derail. I assum...
by KSmitty
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

Qualifying them wouldn't seem a hard problem. 4 or maybe 5 of the 7 hires have already had NORAC training as they are former employees of the outgoing mill switching outfit...
by KSmitty
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

Believe Old Town will be next week as well. They had the class in Old Town today going over the blue 500 that was up there when I drove by.
by KSmitty
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

Hearing now that WATCO has been training a crew for Old Town in the same class as the Rumford crews. So they may be taking over operations there sooner than the new year.
by KSmitty
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

That roundhouse is an asbestos filled cave in waiting to happen.
by KSmitty
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

But Nine Dragons put all the mill switching contracts out for bid across the US. Watco won the bids, they are also taking over switching operations at NDP's facility in Wisconsin with the newly established Wisconsin Rapids Railroad. They just received a former UP GP15 to switch that mill. Pan Am cou...
by KSmitty
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Bucksport Branch activity & news
Replies: 311
Views: 79268

Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

No idea but that Salmon Farm rendering is interesting to see railcars: https://bangordailynews.com/2019/05/21/news/hancock/bucksport-salmon-farm-developer-closes-deal-on-part-of-former-mill-site/ Coincidence? I believe thats actually an old areal photo or more likely google maps type render and the...
by KSmitty
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

I believe Rumford has RU-1 and RU-2, plus an RU-R so two switch crews and a relief that covers weekends and what have you. Jay has RI-1, plus a couple of road crews. Road jobs are PORU-RUPO from Rigby (PO) to Rumford (RU) and vice versa. Operate 7 days/week. Morning departures railroad west (Compass...
by KSmitty
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU
Replies: 254
Views: 65778

Re: Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

Signals have been OOS for several years, since a car ran over the bungalow at the crossing. New signals supposedly coming when they do their next massive track project. All part of the plan to upgrade and interlock Leeds, add 2000' of siding at New Gloucester (a stupid place to put, they really shou...
by KSmitty
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Railfanning (if any) West of Bangor
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Railfanning (if any) West of Bangor

5 days/week you have NMWA/WANM. The schedule is hit or miss, but odds are you will have something moving at least a couple days in any given week during daylight. There are some nice shots between Waterville and NMJ. Bog Rd in Hermon, The Rte.2 bridge in Carmel is nice, you can park in the public wo...
by KSmitty
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: CMQ Profitability
Replies: 134
Views: 29437

Re: CMQ Profitability

CM&Q handles any number of liquid bulk materials, I saw predominantly LP gas cars, with acid cars and an unknown chemical tank car or 3 in there. Irving's refinery in Saint John produces Propane and Butane among other products that may be shipped by rail. There is a CO2 gas distributor in Saint John...
by KSmitty
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: MMA what if?
Replies: 31
Views: 2739

Re: MMA what if?

Over the top, as arctic shipping routes open up. The market will exist for Chinese/South-East Asian made goods to land directly on the east coast, and not necessarily just domestic Canadian traffic, but also east coast US traffic. Is it ever going to be comparable to the BNSF transcon across the sou...
by KSmitty
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Watco Business at Rumford, Maine
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Watco Business at Rumford, Maine

Watco just won the contract to switch the Rumford mill. The mill has been in operation for a long time, but was bought by Nine Dragons Paper about 2 years ago. They're dumping a lot of money into the mill, and have apparently decided a contract switch operator will better suit their needs. The other...
by KSmitty
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Conrail BM repaints in mid-1980s
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Conrail BM repaints in mid-1980s

Is Bill Gingrich's comprehensive roster part of a book? If so, I will purchase it as it sounds like a great book. No its not in a book, Bill is, or was anyway, a member here. It was available on the now defunct Guilfordrailsightings yahoo group in .pfd form. I'm not sure if that group migrated to t...
by KSmitty
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Conrail BM repaints in mid-1980s
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Conrail BM repaints in mid-1980s

All following information is taken from Bill Gingrich's comprehensive roster. GP40's: -BM 320-334 were purchased 1984/01 -BM 335-337 were purchased 1984/01 but were placed in service with their CR numbers. They ran as BM 3244, BM 3249, BM 3258 until 1984/07 when they were renumbered 335, 336, 337 re...

Go to advanced search