RRBUFF wrote:There is a story in the Calais Advertiser today< the local paper that the Woodland Pulp LLC is preparing to take over the line from Calais to Woodland in the near future from Pan AM RR. NBSR is the current operator of the line. Currently one of NBSR engines still marked for Union Pacific is working the line. There are more woodchips in the yard. They are currently trying to find a better way to unload the chips and transfer them to the chip piles.This would probably be a good thing, although Pan Am is the owner and current operator - jut NBSR power.
JB283 wrote:How are they unloading the chips now?I happen to cross paths with one of Woodland Pulp LLCs top men at the final 12 basketball tournament in Saint John. He said they are using a loader with a big bucket on it right now to unload the chips but plans are to build something similar to what the Irvings have in Saint John. He said they are looking to have about 50 cars of "round wood" and 30 cars of chips delivered per week. He also confirmed that they have bought the spur from pan am and come spring major work will begin on it. He also confirmed what someone on here said about their product heading to Newark via rail instead of through Eastport. Apparently many of their customers overseas want it delivered in containers and that can't happen in Eastport. Certainly not good news for the port. Finally he said the Chinese are seriously looking at installing a tissue machine to make paper. This means they would also start taking softwood which would make the wood suppliers very happen since there isn't much of a market for it right now in this area.