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  • 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.

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  by JBlaisdell
 
NotYou wrote: Tue Feb 22, 2022 7:55 pm There isn't much there, it's fairly rural; Bucksport is a small town. The paper mill was the sole reason for the line's existence.

If you are ever out there drive to the other side of the river and visit Ft. Knox and go up the observation tower in the bridge. The fort is not historically significant but is a very well preserved example of a second system fort. You can walk through almost all of it.
I beg to differ on the fort. It was built in response to the dispute with Canada over the border with Maine in the late 1830s. It was later used as a training camp for Civil War troops. It wasn't finished before the border dispute was resolved, and the effectiveness of rifled cannon in the Civil War rendered it obsolete. It does, though, retain some of its original guns, and is the only fort in Maine to do so.

Though it never saw action in battle, Ft. Knox is significant in its own way.
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