toughguy wrote:I've heard rumors the mountain branch is for sale, and there is at least one active buyer looking at it. Can anyone confirm?Which portion? The vast majority of it is in public ownership with MEDOT and NHDOT. Only the tiny Portland-Westbrook portion that PAR owns and operates and the complicated ownership situation in VT with Twin State and PAR/ex-MEC blockage of the St. Johnsbury interchange fall in private hands. There's only about 27 route miles left that the states don't own...5 in Maine and 22 in Vermont. VTrans has been trying for years to get control of its portion so it can keep Twin State from pulling up the rails for scrap, and MEDOT will buy anything because it's still tilting at windmills. I can't fathom another private entity ever trying to acquire the last pieces of the railroad, much less the states selling theirs. If anyone buys it'll be VT and ME swallowing their remaining private-owned portions.
toughguy wrote:I'm talking the currently active final 5 miles into Portland, and another railroad, not the state. Just wondering if anyone in the know has heard more than me.For the sake of clarity I have reposted the discussion to the Mountain Division Reactivation thread here.
toughguy wrote:Apologies. I figured this was the right forum, as this is in regards to the current active branch, though I suppose it would play a role in any potential larger reactivation.No problem at all. I think we all just try to be helpful.
MEC407 wrote:Just to be clear, if we're talking about a potential sale of Pan Am's track between Portland and Westbrook, this is indeed the correct place for that discussion.Lol....can we clarify what we're calling the spur/siding that runs off the main line in Portland (and used to connect with the Mountain on the other end)?