• 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.

Moderator: MEC407

  by johnpbarlow
 
CN9634 wrote: Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:28 pm I’ve been seeing CSX and UMAX boxes daily in Maine between Portland and Augusta, as well as the usual SNI and Hunt boxes. Occasionally catch an XPO as well, but notably again the CSX/UMAX boxes have been more recently strong. I saw an LL Bean tractor behind a UMAX recently as well presumably ferrying from their drop yard in Bath at the former BNAS tot he DC in Freeport.
I've seen a few JBHU boxes on CSX IM trains on the B&A but there are way more JBHUs being handled on NS/PAS 22K to Ayer . Do you see any/many EMP & Hub boxes that also travel on 22K in Maine?
  by roberttosh
 
A while back NS pretty much had all the Hunt business but for whatever reason, CSX has definitely been making inroads, at least here in New England. NS still has the majority but it's pretty common now to see CSX trains with 10-20 Hunt cans.
  by QB 52.32
 
CSX has had roughly a third+ of Hunt's New England intermodal business during the past year, with 100% of their relatively new temperature-controlled business, traffic from non-Chicago origin/destination lanes only available using CSX, and, to some degree, for those larger consignees/shippers closer to CSX's Worcester or Springfield ramps than NS' Ayer or Mechanicville ramps within the Chicago lane of traffic.
  by CN9634
 
I frequently see Hub City and EMP boxes up here from the NS side. Can’t say I’ve seen much Swift or any of the smaller guys…maybe seen one CH Rob box. I got a shot of a Canadian Tire container “passing through” from Maritimes to Quebec recent which was neat.
  by BandA
 
I don't think there is the "hotness" to the Worcester office space market, yet, to drive CSX out. Only the state/MBTA has dollars to make an offer they can't refuse. Maybe they should buy out the G&U!
  by CN9634
 
Had an errand out by Pleasant Hill and passed the West end of Rigby today… the small UPS service center adjacent the tracks had about 8-10 containers all CSX or UMAX. Don’t realize how much box traffic is up this way until you pass all the nooks and crannies, I’d think a day 1 IMDL terminal at Rigby would be fairly busy
  by NHV 669
 
It's too bad that Fed Ex place in Biddeford is poorly set up for that kind of traffic. Wasn't that a Walmart DC or something once? I recall seeing hopper(s) there as a kid.
  by MEC407
 
It was originally the Interstate Brands bakery. At the time it was built, it was the largest commercial bakery in America. They made J.J. Nissen bread, Wonder Bread, and Hostess treats (Twinkies, etc). They received inbound loads of flour, oil, corn syrup etc. The name of the private street where the facility is located is still called Bakers Way.

I shot this pic in the year 2000 of MEC 288 pulling empties out of the bakery.
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  by NHV 669
 
Thanks, that makes more sense than the kind of cars a DC would receive. We stopped going to Wagon Wheel campground that same year, I'm probably confusing the building with a Wal-Mart property that I saw along the way.
  by CN9634
 
When CN and the SLR was running intermodal jobs 5 days a week out of Chicago, their inbound traffic was basically Walmart in ME and NH, as well as grocery and in particular wine out of CA for ME, NH and even into Northern Mass. They marketed the terminal as an alternative to Massachusetts ramps with less highway congestion. Think if 25 years ago they were running a dedicated 5-day a week train out of Chicago via Canada, then I’m sure in modern times there is a good chunk of highway traffic that can be converted.
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