If it's the interchange tracks, I would think ME would aks PanAM for permission to clear PanAM's track, with some arrangement to recover all or part of the cost from PanAM
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Bangor Daily News wrote:The state is seeking proposals from companies to operate the railroad line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland.Read the rest of the article at: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/19/b ... -rockland/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The proposals are to include bids on possible year-round passenger service from Rockland to Brunswick to connect to the Amtrak trains.
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Nathan Moulton, director of the rail program for the Maine Department of Transportation, said the requests for proposals are intended to determine what interest there is in continuing freight transportation and perhaps expanding passenger service.
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Proposals must be submitted to the transportation department by Aug. 13.
Maine Eastern Railroad has not responded to an email request for comment sent late Thursday. The company earlier had indicated that it wanted to continue operating the line.
Portland Press Herald wrote:Central Maine & Quebec Railway on Wednesday won the right to lease the state-owned rail line between Brunswick and Rockland and operate freight service on it.Read the rest of the article at: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/02/r ... imperiled/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Central Maine & Quebec will take over the rail line Jan. 1. The company has no plans to offer passenger service, said Ted Talbot, spokesman for the transportation department.
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Central Maine & Quebec Railway and the state will now negotiate the financial terms of the lease agreement, Talbot said.
kilroy wrote:Sorry to hear the passenger trains won't be running any more.That's conjecture; it's way too early to tell.
MEC407 wrote:Hard to imagine Maine Eastern sticking around just to do passenger trains only, on a line they no longer control...Not without a subsidy. Note there is a thread here & another under New England
SemperFidelis wrote:What sort of customers were alive along the line? I know paper has taken a HUGE hit in the region and, along with it, certain sorts of timber.Something that has been mentioned multiple times, if not in this thread, then the other MERR thread: Cement. Lots of Dragon Cement, in two directions. (To the Rockland waterfront for transfer to barge, and to Brunswick for interchange with Pan Am. Some of that traffic went/goes to Canada.) The cement shipments were probably the main reason MDOT acquired the line when MEC abandoned it. There is also plate steel going to a Bath Iron Works plant in Brunswick, and perlite to a customer in Thomaston. No paper, no timber on the Rockland Branch, at least not for 20+ years.