• End of the Newport Sub

  • Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).
Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

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  by CPF66
 
Per posts on Facebook, CP has more or less ended operations to Newport due to a lack of crews. By the sounds they are working out an agreement with VTR to service the remaining customers. I wouldn't be surprised to see VTR get the entire thing since it doesn't seem like CP has any interest in anything besides containers. The Millinocket Sub is being sold to MNR and I won't be surprised if CP sells the Bangor Sub off once CSX reopens the line to Mattawamkeag, considering they will only have GAC, Sprauge, and two propane customers left as online customers.
  by BobbyT
 
If CP were to sell the Bangor Sub, I wonder if they'd put a paper barrier in place to prevent CSX from going after that traffic? I think there's actually 3 LPG customers around Hermon and isn't there also an agg or cement receiver right near the yard? There's also a big new liquid asphalt customer coming on line right at Northern Maine junction. It's not a ton of traffic, but it's mostly higher revenue tankcar business so it will be interesting to see what they do.
  by F74265A
 
I would be very surprised if searsport line was sold. Port potential plus chemical traffic
  by fromway
 
CP has listed Searsport on all of its PR from the beginning of their takeover of the CMQ. I can't see them giving up on this port so quickly unless they don't want to fight all of the NIMBYS in Searsport. If CP can't get access to SJ with potash trains, I still think they will try to get some new facilities in Searsport. How much would it cost to dismantle the Eastport loading system and move it down the coast to Searport?