• Maine Potato Traffic Collapse (1970s)

  • 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 VaCentralRwy
 
What happened to all of the potato traffic that moved for decades out of Maine? NPR's Planet Money podcast has a recent episode "The Maine Potato War of 1976". While the completion of I95 and the Penn Central collapse were major contributors, the podcast (24 minutes) goes into the financial war between Western potato growers and those from Maine in the New York Mercantile Exchange. The result was nail in the coffin.
https://www.npr.org/2024/01/12/11979564 ... ze-default