"Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by backroadrails » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm

KSmitty wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:55 pm
For the record, they aren't even running the occasional extra up to Perma Treat this time. They have GMTX 205 sub-leased from EMRY and taxi a crew (NM-1?) up to switch. They send everything up CMQ and Irving drops the spent tie cars and chocolate chip gons at Keag.

They did run down and back up once I believe as 205 made an appearance at NMJ. Might have had to do with CM&Q not accepting some of the beat to hell ex-D&H 2 bay MofW hoppers. Or maybe they needed to 92 day the 205, not sure if it went to Waterville or not...

All may be a moot point: if CM&Q is sold and Irving is the buyer it's hard to believe daily trains will ever run to 'Keag by way of Old Town again.
As far as I know no Pan Am crew goes to the Keag anymore. I believe a crew based in Mattawamkeag, which normally handles MOW trains, switches the chipper. The 205 was sent west with 30 or so tie cars which were too old to interchange with EMRY and then CMQ. The 205 needed a 92 day if I recall so it was sent to Waterville, and was sent back and was the power for OT-1 (there is a video on Branchline Geep Productions on YouTube). They should be making another trip east soon, the exPTM rail crane is supposedly being brought back from Enfield (I believe it is sitting on the spur to the stud mill which has been recently reconnected and the spur cleared of brush.

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by KSmitty » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:43 pm

backroadrails wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
As far as I know no Pan Am crew goes to the Keag anymore.

Which is exactly what I said...

The job is not daily so no crew is regularly reporting up there. They may report to 'Keag, but its not a predictable practice.
backroadrails wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
They should be making another trip east soon

GMTX 205 is back at Mattawamkeag and may have stayed very briefly at Old Town but has been at 'Keag for a while. It gets regular use switching Perma Treat, I know it was at 'Keag 2 weeks ago when I photo'd it there... Old Town has been using a Pan Am engine until recently. WATCO now has GMTX 345, another endcab in GMTX blue, at the mill for use as the switcher there.
backroadrails wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
The 205 was sent west with 30 or so tie cars which were too old to interchange with EMRY and then CMQ.
The 30 cars were likely not restricted for age (I witnessed half a dozen former D&H 2 bays with MEC marks on them at Brownville being interchanged from CM&Q to EMRY recently). Old cars are interchanged all the time, all three of Maine's regionals routinely hand off 50+ year old cars. A large percentage of the fiber service cars (BAR/MMA Paul Bunyons and a variety of the NBSR chip cars) have all surpassed "interchange age" but as long as each carrier will sign off they can still move freely. Specific cars may be rejected because they are in poor shape. It is also possible that if 205 needed a 92 day they simply thought it easier to haul them down on their own dime rather than paying EMRY/CMQ to move them.
backroadrails wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
the exPTM rail crane is supposedly being brought back from Enfield (I believe it is sitting on the spur to the stud mill which has been recently reconnected and the spur cleared of brush.
This is certainly an interesting piece of information. Wonder what led them to do that when the line is in mothballs?

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by roberttosh » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 pm

How much rail is ND doing at Old Town?

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by KSmitty » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:08 am

The mill is still ramping up. The last NM-1 run to Old Town took a whopping 3 cars up, and it's not a daily trip by any means. Supposed to be doing about 50 loads/week after their "stage 1 ramp up." Then may go up again if ND puts more money into the facility to expand production.

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by woodeen » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:29 am


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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by gokeefe » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:42 pm

Previously announced grant. Newsworthy that they are now pushing to get underway this year.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by BM6569 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:42 am

Haven't seen any work going on yet in the L/A area

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by pnolette » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:17 pm

Wonder how long this project will take.They have been working 2 years on the new second track at Falmouth and still not done yet..
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Post by gokeefe » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:53 pm

The Royal Siding project is almost done (may be complete at this time).
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