Cowford wrote:Smitty, your idea suggests tearing up the old BAR main from the KI wye to the EMRY connection, correct? Hadn't thought of that, but that appears an even better idea. Possibly easier ops, a bit more trackage rationalized, and you can eliminate a bridge.
Yes, sorry, should have tried to explain it a little slower, got typing and couldnt stop my fingers...Throw more words at it and eventually the point will be made.
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It rationalizes a bridge, and roughly 4 and 1/2 miles of track. Allows CM&Q to continue operations seamlessly between the E-W line and the N-S line to Searsport. The only dispatching kerfuffle would be running a CM&Q train from Brownville to Millinocket, over roughly 1 mile of EMRY. This should be a minor problem, as the line isn't that busy, and more importantly Millinocket operations should play a very small role in CM&Q operations, since they have just a couple of small log or chip loadouts on the section from Brownville to E. Millinocket. There might still be an active chipper on the line by Dolby Flow, and a log loadout just west of Nockit proper. If they still ship. Both mills are currently boarded up, the west mill is getting bulldozed. The E mill who knows what will happen.
Just a thought if track rationalization is a goal of CM&Q this seems to be a pretty easy decision. Would also allow the yard to stay in place, and I think there is room inside the Y to allow for a small service area.
Derby is quite oversized for a railroad with 25 locomotives. Its also a superfund site in the making. All they really need is a light shop to do running repair and 92 day inspections. Overhauls/rebuilds can easily be farmed out to Waterville, Altoona, etc...and of course fueling, which would be so nice to have at Brownville. Could do a full service right at the intersection and send units out from there without the need to run all these 15 mile power moves.