Rockingham Racer wrote:It would most probably be an extention of the Downeaster. Acela service needs electricity to run, so that will never happen.
Ah, if we only had MONEY!!
mainecentral wrote:The Lower Road is what you are calling the Augusta Lower. It used to lead into Waterville prior to a bridge failure in 1987(I believe). The useful part of the Lewiston Lower(I think Pan Am holds the deed for the Lewiston Lower) currently leads up to the Knight-Celotex mill in Lisbon Falls. I cannot think of any other possible locations on the Lewiston Lower except for Crooker's and Whorff's pits in Topsham, and both of those companies have made more money trucking dirt than selling the material. The tracks that continue from Lisbon Falls northward to Lewiston are either completely useless or they have been removed altogether. The Lower Road has had many rail customers in the past and there are many viable rail customer access points along many points of the line. With all the rail rehab that has happened in Maine recently, coupled with the fact that the State of Maine holds the deed for the Lower Road, I wonder why the bridge from Augusta to Waterville hasn't been rebuilt? Wouldn't a railroad that can interchange at both ends(even if it's the same less-than-stellar railroad at both ends) make more sense than a line with interchanging capabilities on only one end?Mr. Mainecentral,
gokeefe wrote: Mr. Mainecentral,The State of Maine does not own all of it. They own from Brunswick to MP 38.8 in Lisbon. The rest remains Guilford/Pan Am/ST, and yes it is in horrid condition. I don't know if Knight-Celotex is not "that interested in using rail freight" as you phrase it or if it's just not cost effective. We railfans generally are not privy to such negotiations. However, if the past is an indicator it's safe to assume Guilford (the line's connection to the rest of the rail network) hasn't given them much incentive. The Knight-Celotex mill has been struggling. Last fall they decided to continue making only one item from their product line at this location, a product called Conflex. As a result of this reduced production, they laid off more than half their employees.
The Lewiston Lower is currently owned by the State of Maine. They have put a considerable amount of money into it over the years, in particular in an apparent attempt to maintain the viability of the Knight-Celotex mill and the jobs it creates. Unfortunately to date Knight-Celotex has not appeared to be that interested in using rail freight. The rest of the line north of Pejepscot Mills is in really bad shape and slowly but surely disappears as the Right of Way enters Lewiston.
Watchman318 wrote:More importantly, a serious situation exists with motorized vehicles......snowmobiles in winter and ATVs, both summer and winter, upon railroad lines. I recently observed ATVs travelling between the rails of a very active line, pushing hard pack snow against the rail flanges...........participants part of an " organized " event, no less. What are these people thinking.....they are not. As the saying goes, " it's difficult to legislate common sense ". No doubt, a train can derail when snow becomes packed against rail, especially at road crossings.
I wish pics like that would shake some sense into the people who think the track is a good place to go cross-country skiing . . .
Highball wrote:No doubt, a train can derail when snow becomes packed against rail, especially at road crossings.That's apparently what led to the rollover of the NEGS locomotive in Concord, NH earlier this month.
I x-country ski along ( well to the side ), not within the tracks, from time to time and I always listen for trains. Stands without reason, a motorized vehicle cannot hear the approach of a train.Keep in mind that even though you're not "on the track," the right-of-way extends a certain distance from the track. The figure I've usually seen is 33' either side of the center-line (66' r-o-w).