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  • 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 newpylong
 
Well said sir
  by l008com
 
So I was googling the location of an interesting pic I saw on NE Rail. And I started following various tracks around on google maps, like I'm sure many of you do too. Anyway I was following one line that turned out to be the track into the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. WOW from a train-nerd's point of view, this place has it all! Tons of street running, street running over bridges, street running with switches, even at least one street-diamond. I even see what appears to me mixed-use crane tracks that also get used to set cars with. But I don't see many cars on the island. And I searched around the normal sites, and didn't see any photos at all. Are these tracks still in use? (The lead up to the island looks very well maintained). If so, are there any pictures around. I'm sure the island is closed to the public, but it looks like a great place to watch trains, if you could get in. What is the deal with this place?
  by Tim Mullins
 
They are when it comes to transportation issues....This state has lost alot of business because of poor rail service and an inefective DOT.
  by ferroequinarchaeologist
 
>>I'm sure the island is closed to the public,

Generally true, but supervised tours are available to the public, especially community-oriented organizations like chambers of commerce, boy scouts, Elks, Lions, etc. When I was on one of these tours, the focus was on history, with very little commentary on current operations. However, if you plan to catch a train, you should probably be prepared to camp out for several months.

PBM
  by artman
 
BostonUrbEx wrote:New Hampshire sounds like a real stick in the mud.
The Live Free or Die state - If it ain't Free, it Dies...
  by MEC407
 
artman wrote:The Live Free or Die state - If it ain't Free, it Dies...

I wonder if this car is still around...

http://mec407.rrpicturearchives.net/sho ... ?id=308691
  by jaymac
 
Was it ever determined if the marker had greater value than the car?
  by BostonUrbEx
 
artman wrote:
BostonUrbEx wrote:New Hampshire sounds like a real stick in the mud.
The Live Free or Die state - If it ain't Free, it Dies...
I'm waiting for property and highways to bust, then. :)
  by ereuter
 
Long time lurker, first time poster. I live about 1500 feet from the shipyard.

They have a 65 Tonner on the yard that is used pretty frequently (at least weekly) within the yard for general movement of materials. Just this morning, in the wee hours, we were awakened by a series of grade crossing signals as it traversed the yard.

The engine house is at 43.082017,-70.733148 . Just to the east of it is a fenced-in track with a guard tower where the nuclear transport cars are stored after being loaded and awaiting movement off the base.

I've taken photos of several of the transport trains, which consist of a fuel car buffered by flat cars and an armed DOD caboose. The PanAm/Guildford locomotive typically goes into the yard (rails embedded in the grid deck bridge at Gate 1), and returns pulling the train. There is a siding outside of the yard in Kittery, and I've seen photos of the yard switcher pulling cars out to the siding, but never witnessed it.

Here are some photos:

http://photos.greatrails.net/showpic/?p ... 025629.jpg
http://photos.greatrails.net/showpic/?p ... 127618.jpg
http://photos.greatrails.net/showpic/?p ... 527726.jpg
http://photos.greatrails.net/showpic/?p ... 627874.jpg
http://photos.greatrails.net/showpic/?p ... 027992.jpg
  by BostonUrbEx
 
Great info and great pics!

How often is spent fuel hauled out and where does Guilford bring this once it's out? My guess is they leave it with CSX at some point. I'm going to guess that once this is on the move, it does not stop and is very quickly transferred to other hands? I sure hope it wouldn't sit very long. Ultimate destination is Yucca Mt, I assume?
  by 130MM
 
BostonUrbEx wrote:Ultimate destination is Yucca Mt, I assume?
Yucca Mtn. depository was shut down before receiving any nuclear waste. And the 300 mile railroad to be built to the site was cancelled.

DAW
  by BostonUrbEx
 
130MM wrote:
BostonUrbEx wrote:Ultimate destination is Yucca Mt, I assume?
Yucca Mtn. depository was shut down before receiving any nuclear waste. And the 300 mile railroad to be built to the site was cancelled.

DAW
Didn't that project cost billions of dollars? And it was never even used?! So where does it all go?
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