• Intermodal to Maine

  • 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 dnelson
 
newpylong wrote:Call it Pan Am, has been since 2006. Most people know ST is the common carrier and the subsidiaries still exist in property and paper..........
......and whenever a train crew radios their dispatcher throughout every twelve hour work day.

But yes, I agree that it should be referred as Pan Am in general discussions, which is what I've always done for as long as I can recall posting here, with the one exception being earlier in this thread when I was attempting to reference the company's entire history including the pre-Pan Am years and was called out for it.

Ok, back to the intermodal to Maine talk!
  by newpylong
 
No the poster who made the "Whatever their name is this week" comment I think was called out.
  by dnelson
 
newpylong wrote:No the poster who made the "Whatever their name is this week" comment I think was called out.
Fair enough.

While we're waiting to see when something will happen next with the Poland Springs trains, why not take a look back on some of the examples of long-since discontinued intermodal rail traffic from Maine's past from a variety of photographers I've found online. I think these shots will be of interest to everyone here.

photo by Brian Solomon:
http://briansolomon.com/trackingtheligh ... 234535.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Collections of Oakfield Historical Society:
http://www.vintagemaineimages.com/artifact/17998/cart" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.vintagemaineimages.com/artifact/17318/cart" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

photos by Don Marson:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127078465 ... otostream/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127078465 ... 162776091/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

no photographer listed:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjUwWDk0Ng==/ ... y/$_57.JPG" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

photo by David Anderson‎:
https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... e=55617D08" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

no photographer listed:
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/upload ... 022891.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

photo by Richard Louderback:
http://www.trainweb.org/trains/Louderback/GTI-BM206.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

photo by Geoff Doane:
http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?20040 ... 223988.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

photos by Chris Bellows
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=130853" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
(this one will take your breath away): http://www.pbase.com/cmbellows/image/113794563" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hope you guys find these interesting, I really enjoyed finding them all online.
  by KSmitty
 
Wasnt calling you out Dan. My post wasnt aimed at anyone in particular. Just at the rash of recent "Guilford" or especially the "name of the week" posts I saw the last couple days. Thats all.
  by MEC407
 
Awesome selection of photos, dnelson! Thanks for rounding those up! I especially like the ex-Rock U25B, and the B&M GP9. All of them are pretty amazing though.
  by dnelson
 
KSmitty wrote:Wasnt calling you out Dan. My post wasnt aimed at anyone in particular. Just at the rash of recent "Guilford" or especially the "name of the week" posts I saw the last couple days. Thats all.
No worries. I think the discussion that ensued your original comment both effectively clarified the role each railroad name represents within the Pan Am Railways world, and that the chaos resulting from trying to understand the function of all the different names makes the best case yet simply calling it Pan Am when referring to current operations, something we all agree is a good idea.
MEC407 wrote:Awesome selection of photos, dnelson! Thanks for rounding those up! I especially like the ex-Rock U25B, and the B&M GP9. All of them are pretty amazing though.
It was my pleasure. Those were two of my immediate favorites of the lot too, but I think the coolest to me is the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad intermodal transfer facility shot from 1965. The oldest shot of them all by nearly twenty years.
  by S1f3432
 
My photo contribution is the departed SLR/CN train, shown climbing the grade between West Paris and Bryant Pond in
the spring of 1998 with CN 9652 and CR 6430.
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  by dnelson
 
S1f3432 wrote:My photo contribution is the departed SLR/CN train, shown climbing the grade between West Paris and Bryant Pond in
the spring of 1998 with CN 9652 and CR 6430.
Killer shot, and interesting to see the Conrail unit!
  by NHV 669
 
that reminds me, one of only two SLR daytime freights I've seen was around that timeframe, probably summer, crossing eastbound under the old B&M tracks (to the mills). I believe they were all empty flats headed back to Maine. How long did that service last?
  by CN9634
 
NHV 669 wrote:that reminds me, one of only two SLR daytime freights I've seen was around that timeframe, probably summer, crossing eastbound under the old B&M tracks (to the mills). I believe they were all empty flats headed back to Maine. How long did that service last?
If I remember, the dedicated intermodals started in '98 with CN run through. They lasted as dedicated jobs up until 2001ish. These trains started large and shrank quite rapidly as competition from CSX and NS/CP at Ayer pulled traffic south. If CN had had a direct connection into more Southeast markets I'm sure this may have lasted a bit longer but once it was dropped as a dedicated service CN lost interest. The last few years of operation was mostly Hapag Llyod traffic and occasionally a CN 53' with all the traffic going through either Halifax or West Coast ports.
  by fogg1703
 
Bump for relevance and new info regarding intermodal service/potential growth at Waterville intermodal ramp.

Who oversee's loading/unloading operations (including operating Packers) at the Waterville ramp? I believe Longshoremen have the Portland work, wasn't sure if PAR employees do it in Waterville.
  by CN9634
 
US Intermodal, a subsidiary of Pan Am Systems. They also run Ayer and are the rebrand of GMX
  by KSmitty
 
Thats good to know! I was under the impression the GMX (Guilford Motor Express) was the last Guilford branded division in the company, and had been wondering when the rebrand would happen there. Do they have a new reporting mark? Or still using GMX?
  by CN9634
 
I don't believe there was a reporting mark or SCAC for GMX but I could be mistaken... B&M had one for their trailers I believe.
  by pnolette
 
B&M used BMZ on their trailers.
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