• Madison Branch

  • 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 markhb
 
According to the comments on this article, the abandonment went through the STB without a single negative comment. The Madison Branch is officially done for.; let the brawling between the XC skiers and snowmobile clubs commence!

Abandoned rail line to be converted into 32-mile recreational trail through central Maine
  by CPF66
 
Its sad to see one of the more unique branches get turned into a dirt path. But on the flip side, should the new insulation company ship outbound cars, they could always transload at NEPW in Fairfield on the Hinkley Branch.
  by markhb
 
The state is about to sign the contract for track removal from the Madison Branch.
State officials plan to begin the process soon of removing old Maine Central Railroad lines to make way for a proposed 32-mile recreation trail that would extend north from Oakland to Embden.

Jim Britt, spokesman for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, said the plan is to have the work finished by the end of the year.

Bids on the project were reviewed recently, and Britt said officials hope to have a signed contract soon with a company to begin the work.
The state is actively positioning the trail to accommodate snowmobiles and ATV's.