LPG in Maine all over the place -- Rigby and Biddeford mostly.
fogg1703 wrote:It seems EDPL/PLED have grown in length. Has Amerigas propane increased volume?Amerigas's siding has room to tap 8 tankers at a time, so that's the maximum-size load they could ever get. There's been a bit of a new-home boom in Southington and Bristol the last few years, many of them using propane heat. So business at Amerigas and Forestville Lumber across the street are probably both up. But since each of them has finite siding capacity the length of trains on the Canal Line probably is the same as it ever was. They just may get deliveries slightly more frequently than they did during the housing crash. There's quite a bit more being done at Plainville Yard-proper since EDPL scaled up about a year ago. That's where most of the new loads are heading.
Dick H wrote:I wonder if there is any chance that the Hannaford Supermarket warehouse in South Portland or Shaw"s warehouse in Wells would start using rail again. AreI didn't look around Hannaford, but with Google Earth (imagery date 09/2013) the switch to the line in behind Shaw's Distribution Center appears intact. It also looks like there's a derail (the type with an operating stand) not far from the switch.
both switches still intact and are the sidings usable?
MEC407 wrote:I don't have access to Google Earth at the moment, but I assume what you saw is the old Spencer Press building. They were the last company in Wells to use rail. That facility is now partially occupied by a candle manufacturer.I just Googled "Tivoli Dr. Wells" to get back the the map, and the top results under Web were for a UPS Customer Center at 40 Tivoli Dr. The street is pretty short, so that might be what it is. (Street View shows Spencer, but not Tivoli, so I can't see what's at the entrance to it.)
It's unfortunate. I remember sitting at the old Wells depot and watching a Rigby switcher doing all kinds of work there. Hauling empties out of Spencer Press, pushing loads into Spencer Press, hauling empties out of the propane dealer, pushing loads into the propane dealer. You could hear the switching noises over a 1-mile radius, which was fun for me as a kid because I could lay in bed and listen to nice EMD sounds all night long in the summertime...Good times. Hoping we might get them back.
Bulkheadflat wrote:Cant remember when the last time a customer on ST/GTS/PAR received steady, or any, reefer cars.The only other one I can think of is High Liner Foods in Portsmouth.
MEC407 wrote:Yep, all the time.Bulkheadflat wrote:Cant remember when the last time a customer on ST/GTS/PAR received steady, or any, reefer cars.The only other one I can think of is High Liner Foods in Portsmouth.
Anyone know if they still get reefers?
Bulkheadflat wrote:They could be getting insulated carloads of all their various canned goods, flours, sugars, rices, soda, beer, and reefers of so many of their frozen/refrigerated items, the possibilities are endless.What's left in boxcar is the highest density freight moving longer distances. Shorter haul traffic moves over the road and medium and lighter density freight moving medium and long distances has shifted to intermodal (it's faster and cheaper, more reliable, provides less damage). Of the products you mention, bagged sugar and flour could be the one possibility, but, then it could very well make sense keeping it consolidated in larger moves to distribution centers in MA for truck move to Hannaford's. Canned goods have shifted to intermodal as have packaged goods. Soda production is generally distributed close to consumption and, therefore, is short haul traffic. Beer has some of the same elements of soda with much production distributed close to consumption, and, for those products that are not, like the bagged sugar and flour it may make sense to keep it consolidated for distribution by truck off a southern NE distribution center. In terms of reefer traffic, generally only the densest and least perishable traffic remains, like potatos, and for the lighter-loading frozen foods that remain in reefer, likely the logistics of consolidation and truck distribution rules. So, though it appears the possibilities are endless, in reality they are limited.