• Bay Colony Millis Line

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  by MaineCoonCat
Wondering after 10 months of slumber how much work starting up 1701 will be..
  by MaineCoonCat
Anybody heard anything about this "branch"? It'll probably take a few liters of WD-40 to get the 1701 moving at this point.
  by craven
Stopped by to visit the 1701. The vegetation on the row is blooming nicely. All is swell on the Millis front.
  by GP40MC1118
BCLR checks on the engine periodically.
  by MaineCoonCat
<Insert sound of crickets chirping here>
  by MaineCoonCat
Anybody hear any rumors? How is Tresca getting their cement these days? Are they going via the G&U?
  by craven
Stopped by to see the 1701 today. The switch from the secondary is difficult to see with all the overgrowth covering it and the rails. 1701 is sitting in her nest. Things are not looking good for this spur. I'm afraid this line may become a rail trail in the next year.
  by MaineCoonCat
Abandoned boxcar in the woods saved! - BCLR Millis, MA to NNB Rhode Island - 9/2023
After sitting for at least 20 years an old abandoned boxcar had to find a new home. Needing to be off the property in a timely manner the car was offered up or it would've been scrapped. Thankfully the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad stepped up and saved the 1952 New York Central boxcar and moved it to Rhode Island. This whole project took only a few weeks after the urgent call to move the car out of Millis on the Bay Colony Railroad. In this video we see the car in its abandoned state, overgrown and forgotten. Later we see it on moving day where it was trucked out to Portsmouth, RI. Then NNB 44 Tonner 43 takes the car to a temporary storage spot. Eventually it will be restored and get a fresh coat of paint.

Millis, MA - Portsmouth, RI

Had to use an April 2017 Google Earth image but I think I found it!
bclr abandoned boxcar.png
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  by MaineCoonCat
I don't know how much this is affecting Tresca's "supply chain"..
On Sep 6, 2023 Updated Sep 12, 2023 In an article entitled "Dragon Products owner announces plan to close Thomaston cement plant", By Stephen Betts wrote:
Dragon Products owner announces plan to close Thomaston cement plant
thomaston dragon plant.jpg
THOMASTON — Dragon Products, a large Midcoast employer and the town's largest property taxpayer, informed its workers on Wednesday, Sept. 6 that the company plans to shut down the cement plant.

The company employs about 65 workers. The plant will continue to operate while it processes the remaining product, which could continue into early 2025, although some people will lose their jobs as early as later this year.

"The facility, which has been operational for almost a century and has been under GCHI’s ownership since 2006, will undergo a gradual process of idling the production operations beginning December 2023. This careful step has been prompted by the persistent escalation of operating and logistical costs, exerting a negative impact on the Thomaston plant's viability," Giant Cement Holding, Inc. stated in an email in response to an inquiry by The Courier-Gazette.

“Despite our best efforts to adapt and navigate through these challenging circumstances, we have determined that these actions are necessary for the long-term sustainability of our business,” said Vice President of Operations Roberto Polit in the email.
Read more of this story at The Courier-Gazette's web site
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  by NHV 669
Probably not at all, since they aren't shipping anything to them by rail.
  by johnpbarlow
To be acquired by Mass Coastal RR per STB filing - see Mass Coastal discussion thread.
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