• Portland Waterfront Rail Ops (Yard 8, Intermodal, etc)

  • 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 bwparker1
 
I was up to Portland (South Portland, actually) last night to drop my mother-in-law off at her place. I drove on the recently completed US Route 1 connection that allows you to travel directly to the Commercial St. waterfront area via the US Route 1 bridge that parallels the MEC mainline. This morning, coming back over the draw bridge into Portland, I saw at the end of the yard tank cars spotted at the propane facility. This is at the end of the track that used to be one of the old waterfront yards, just to the west of the Portland-South Portland Draw Bridge. When I lived in Maine from 2000-2003, I never saw cars spotted at this customer. Occasionally, they stored OYMA tank cars in the yard, but that was it. Is this returning customer a recent development?

BWP
  by bubbytrains
 
bwparker1 wrote:I was up to Portland (South Portland, actually) last night to drop my mother-in-law off at her place. I drove on the recently completed US Route 1 connection that allows you to travel directly to the Commercial St. waterfront area via the US Route 1 bridge that parallels the MEC mainline. This morning, coming back over the draw bridge into Portland, I saw at the end of the yard tank cars spotted at the propane facility. This is at the end of the track that used to be one of the old waterfront yards, just to the west of the Portland-South Portland Draw Bridge. When I lived in Maine from 2000-2003, I never saw cars spotted at this customer. Occasionally, they stored OYMA tank cars in the yard, but that was it. Is this returning customer a recent development?

BWP
BWP, I noted he same thing as you did last week. In my limited trips by that area in recent years never had I seen any rail activity at that facility. I posted it on the Guilford Rail Sightings list but never got so much as a peep of a response...

ARS
  by bwparker1
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about the land and then some is well described in this document:

http://www.40westcommercial.com/docs/40 ... mation.pdf

Thanks to newpylong for the nice find.

Long story short is that it is the former location of the Portland Gas Light Companies Coal Degasification plant. After several Mergers and Acquisitions, a company names Unitil owns the site. Energy USA Propane has a long-term lease on a portion of the site. Unitil has some tanks there and so does EnergyUSA. Anyone with some extra change, feel free to make an offer! There is site contamination, so the asking price is probably low, due to the requirements of remediation.

My guess is that Energy USA must have shipped in some LPG to fill the larger tanks.
Last edited by bwparker1 on Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:14 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  by MEC407
 
For what it's worth, Unitil (formerly Northern Utilities) is the natural gas supplier in southern Maine.
  by atholrail
 
This might explain why there were so many LPG tanks mixed into EDPO yesterday.
  by newpylong
 
They do set them off in Dover or Rock for Portsmouth, or at least they used to. But that usually wasn't more than a half dozen or so. Not sure if they even do them anymore there.
  by roberttosh
 
Over the past year, domestic LPG has become much more price competitive vs imported product, so this may just be that company making the switch to domestic supply (i.e rail).
  by Bulkheadflat
 
I'm very happy to report that the gas facility at the end of track on Commercial St. in Portland has resumed using rail !! There were FOUR lp gas tanks set at the facility today !
I did take pics and will try to post them soon.
  by pnolette
 
They started getting service a couple months ago after 12 years of no service.Looks like Pan Am is going after buisness
  by deeptrax
 
Yeah, I was there this evening and noticed them too, though they seemed farther east than normal.
  by roberttosh
 
Yup, import LPG is going the way of the Wooly Mammoth, so hopefully we'll see more of this commodity moving by rail. One thing is for sure, there have been a lot more LPG cars lately on trains coming in and out of Rigby. Same goes for centerbeams of lumber. There's been the gypsum wallboard loads for some time now, but it seems like every POED lately has 5-10 lumber loads in the consist. No doubt much of this is Irving business from somewhere up North.
  by roberttosh
 
The bottom one is the gas terminal. The top one is Sprague (formerly Merrills), which handles some paper & pulp, coal and scrap metal. Sprague across the river in S. Portland handles Oil and the Kaolin slurry you see getting railed out.
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