From the "count your blessings" department, it's worthwhile to note that the new Portland Yacht Services boatyard that has been approved for the western end of Yard 8 where NNEPRA formerly considered building a new station did not originally include a rail ROW through to the container terminal and Commercial St. However, at least one person (not me) submitted a letter to the Portland Planning Board (with MDOT cc'd IIRC) pointing this out, and the final site plan did, in fact, include a 25' ROW that Phin Sprague had worked out with Pan Am that the railroad said would meet their needs. I don't know how far along the talks were with this shipping concern at the time, but it's definitely fortuitous that the capability for providing rail service was preserved.
How many TEUs are we going to move per trip? Will it be enough to sustain a rail service?
I have no idea; it's unfortunate that White Rock in Lewiston is closing down, as I believe they were a major container shipper when the service was made available previously.
For those who may not know the area, this
shows the current end of track at left by the gas facility, and the shipping terminal at right with the freshly-paved parking lot. The cleared area is where the Portland Yacht Services project is going to go, and I believe the rail ROW will essentially parallel the edge of the street.
MEC407 wrote:Now we just need to get Icelandair to come to PWM. I know at least one other RAILROAD.NET member who would be as excited about this as I would be.
I would find that to be wicked awesome.
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