• Brunswick Branch Activity

  • Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

Moderator: MEC407

  by newpylong
 
I recrewed AYMO one evening and when I was doing a rollby, a stack's door came unlatched and almost took my head off when it went by.
  by jaymac
 
newpylong-
There probably should be an addition about doors to the rule that goes "Expect a train in any direction on any track at any time."
Congratulations on excellent reflexes!
  by GaryAF
 
Ditto, and thank you for the pic!

I would never have expected one of those doors to pop open!!
  by doublestack
 
More than likely the doors are left open by the consignee or truck driver as they are such a pain in the butt to close. Keep in mind they are double handle and you need to close them simultaneously. Several people just close them and let the tightness hold them close and never finish latching the handles down. Container doors on flat cars and spline cars can be opened anytime, not like one placed in the bottom of a well car. That would allow the doors to swing open during transit.

Peter
  by bwparker1
 
FWIW, while taking a shooting class at LL Bean today, the Brunswick local headed south about 11:30 am with one covered hopper. It was a Pan Am scheme painted engine. Spotted at the Fogg Farm facility at Desert Rd. north of Yarmouth junction.
  by doublestack
 
Too bad you were not there earlier to catch them heading east. 327 came through Freeport around 9:30 am with 3 covered hoppers and 8 flat cars of steel sheets for BIW. This is the largest shipment at one time I can remember seeing for the Hardings yard.
Thanks to Dan, here's a video of 327 working Brunswick just after they dropped their inbound cars off.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qShHr7QJFjk&feature=plcp
  by doublestack
 
A little after 1:00pm today 3/11/14, two Pan Am units came through Freeport heading east hauling 20 cars , 3 covered hoppers plus 17 flats of steel for BIW via Maine Eastern.
  by MEC407
 
Moderator Note:

Several Brunswick-related threads have been consolidated to create a single thread for all topics related to PAR's Brunswick Branch.
  by doublestack
 
MEC407 wrote:Moderator Note:

Several Brunswick-related threads have been consolidated to create a single thread for all topics related to PAR's Brunswick Branch.
Good call, and thanks for making life simple.
  by doublestack
 
Thanks to Chuck Masters for this video of Pan Am's latest run to Brunswick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnr_dPH0 ... y4LSuZAinQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This video goes to show you how important in keeping this line open on the lower road branch. Not only for our national defense with new Navy ships and passanger rail service, but mostly supporting job opportunities for hard working Mainer's.
  by gokeefe
 
Dan Comick also caught this move on November 1, 2013.
  by gokeefe
 
gokeefe wrote:Dan Comick also caught this move on November 1, 2013.
On the same day he also catches the return to Portland with an even more unusual appearance by the SLR which apparently was waiting at the diamond in Yarmouth. The speed of PAR on this stretch of track is quite remarkable. Looks like they may have been doing at least 40 MPH and perhaps even more than that (perhaps as much as 60MPH...which would be MAS for Class IV....seems unlikely but possible).
  by CN9634
 
PAR has positioned themselves perfectly here in that they could (If the planets lined up and they wanted to) reopen the line from Augusta to Brunswick, with some assitance from MaineDOT of course, which would be a much more preferred route for intermodal and crude oil. In fact, if someone such as say, CSX or NS took over PAR, I would imagine they would certainly reopen the line and use that as a primary route. The back road is good because it reaches more industrial centers, but really, you could abandon from Leeds Jct to Oakland, hell even to Waterville and just run the Rumford jobs to interchange with SLR and serve the mills. A few locals as well could replace the work of the road jobs. The only issue is sidings...you would have to put in a few big ones on the line between Augusta and Royal. Still, not a bad plan, especially if Amtrak is trying to get to Augusta.