by NHV 669
Because Dragon could no longer send it via the Rockland Shuttle/barge.
Avatar: NHV 669 at the south end of the "Pompy" in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.
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MaineCoonCat wrote: ↑Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:03 amBecause it was cheaper for Tresca, and made the most money for the RR operating the shuttle. Now the cars have to change hands multiple times, and the cement has a less direct route to reach Island Road, as the first cars went all the way to Selkirk and back.
On 17 January 2022 In an article entitled "Dragon Products ends rail shipments from South End spur", Cemnet wrote: Dragon Products ends rail shipments from South End spurRead more of this story at Cemnet's web site
17 January 2022
Dragon Products has stopped shipping cement along the Rockland South End rail line in Maine, USA. A representative of the cement manufacturer in Thomaston said the last planned shipment by barge from the South End marine terminal in Rockland departed on 13 January 2022. The company announced in August 2021 it would stop barge shipments and would stop using the South End Rockland rail spur.
The cement plant purchased the 44 Atlantic St property in 1994. The Thomaston cement plant has since operated the marine terminal in Rockland. The cement plant sends rail cars about five miles on the line from the Thomaston plant to its dock on Rockland’s South End waterfront, where a barge is then filled and product shipped to the Boston market.
The decision was made because the rail cars would no longer be licensed for service. Dragon will continue to sell cement from the plant in trucks and ship cement directly to its customers but not to the terminal.