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  by NHV 669
 
Because Dragon could no longer send it via the Rockland Shuttle/barge.
  by bostontrainguy
 
Where did that barge go in the Boston area? Charlestown? South Boston?
Last edited by MEC407 on Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:26 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
  by jjoyce1
 
Google "Coastal Cement Boston". That's the Dragon terminal that was barge-served but apparently not any more. I guess it's on what's called the Falcon Terminal. Google maps shows the barge unloading.

JAJ
  by bostontrainguy
 
Thanks. That's the plant at the end of Track 61. Would be cool to see that rail reactivated because of this.
Last edited by MEC407 on Thu Jan 20, 2022 1:26 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
  by MaineCoonCat
 
NHV 669 wrote: Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:09 am Because Dragon could no longer send it via the Rockland Shuttle/barge.
Why should that matter?
  by Jedijk88
 
I believe Tresca receives flyash from the GU served facility in Hopedale. Cement would have come by truck from Coastal South Boston, which is supplied by barge. If barge deliveries are delayed then other means of supplying cement need to be undertaken, hence the rail move.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
Thanks!
  by NHV 669
 
MaineCoonCat wrote: Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:03 am
NHV 669 wrote: Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:09 am Because Dragon could no longer send it via the Rockland Shuttle/barge.
Why should that matter?
Because 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.

The cars for the shuttle to the barge could no longer be used, and that operation has ceased, necessitating the moves by rail again via CP/Pan Am/CSX.
Last edited by NHV 669 on Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
  by rb
 
In related news, the cement barge used for the Rockland-to-Southie shuttle is being towed through NYC at this moment. Perhaps it found a new job.
  by craven
 
Where CSX is trying to remove itself from customer deliveries, might we see CSX dropping off the cement cars in Grafton. The G&U would move cement to Hopedale, pick up fly ash cars on its way down the Franklin line, then on to the Framingham Secondary in Walpole, and head north into Medfield for delivery on the Millis spur.

It would be about the same amount of moves and mileage.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
That would be one seriously circuitous routing..
  by craven
 
The following cars are parked by Island Rd. off-loading area:

CRDX 3053 (empty)
CRDX 3067 (empty)
CRDX 3063 (empty)
AEX 9500 (empty)
ITLX 2015 (empty)
NAHX 32021 (empty)
NAHX 94504 (empty)
NAHX 93920 (empty)

Hi- Rail was inspecting the secondary switch to Millis.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
I presume these were from the January 6th drop..
  by craven
 
Stopped by to visit the 1701 today.

No Changes...

The empty rack of cars still staged on Island Road.

Wondering if the cement plant is shut down for winter maintenance.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
Interesting..
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 spur
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.
Read more of this story at Cemnet's web site

I thought barge shipments had ended last year.. So now what?
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