• Portsmouth Branch Activity

  • 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.

Moderator: MEC407

  by MECFAN
 
I didn't see the DODX car in Portsmouth this morning, just the power at the garage plus 4 Boise and the usual Tyco's.
There are 4 Boise loads on the bottom of the Boise spur and I'd bet the propane loads are on the Schiller runaround.
The brushcutter is working north of Gosling road today so I'm guessing all that will be spotted later today.
  by Jonathan603
 
Thanks. Both locos were at Rockingham tonight on the branch line. There were Boise loads in the yard.
  by MECFAN
 
An outside contractor has been working on the Great bay trestle on the Portsmouth branch for a couple of weeks now. They have staged their gear at Rockingham Junction.
This morning I watched them load some big timbers on their Hi rail boom truck which also had a small attached to it. They then proceeded to back down to the trestle, this was around 11:00 am.
  by codasd
 
I wonder if this is TLC/regular maintenance or if the weight limit can be increased to 286K?
  by Jonathan603
 
Seems like the work on the trestle has been going on for some time. Still lots of equipment being stationed at Rockingham junction. Taken a few drives down Depot road and see flood lighting out there at night.
  by Jonathan603
 
Does anyone know if DO-1 made a run to PNSY today? I saw the train at the yard and some DOT workers on the bridge and a track car on the rails on the Kittery side but I left before I saw any movements.
  by MECFAN
 
No move yesterday I'm guessing today!!!
  by Jonathan603
 
Thanks. You were right, it moved this morning. I arrived in Portsmouth a few minutes after it had crossed the bridge lol. I shot some video of it entering PNSY though... https://youtu.be/kBQGvs8htIo

I couldn't stick around to see the return journey over the bridge.
  by newpylong
 
Need more people watching the move lol.
  by neman2
 
Always like the guy who is too important to follow safety rules and wear a safety vest or glasses and carries his hard hat under his arm.
  by MECFAN
 
CSX rail train dropping CWR on the Portsmouth branch today. Caught them at Bayside station around 3:00 PM today. They had Three 1500 foot strings left to drop.
  by johnpbarlow
 
Photographic evidence posted on CSX Northern New England FaceBook page shows the CWR being dropped between Rockingham Jct and Portsmouth to be ex-B&O 122 lb rail from Bethlehem Lackawanna circa 1977 and Thyssen circa 1995.
  by Cosakita18
 
122 lb CWR is pretty heavy-duty for a branch line that only has a few customers.
  by F74265A
 
True, but they are moving LPG. Given the work here and reportedly down by Salem where they deliver sulphuric acid, CSX is not willing to risk derailing hazardous products. If the customers were all lumber and C&D, I’m pretty sure old rail with a few new ties for a solid 10mph is all they would do.

122lb Beth-Lack rail is presently in place in spots on the CSX Metropolitan subdivision mainline near Washington DC where I presently live. Some very heavy coal trains travel 40-50 mph on it
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