Is there a Finger Lakes discussion somewhere?
Interesting news, which I have no doubt was part of the FGLK decision to move here, Dragon is shutting down operations at the Rockland wharf due to aging equipment both railcars and the barges. See article linked:
https://knox.villagesoup.com/2021/08/19 ... 4Z6o0tNM18
I heard a few years back that this setup was showing its age and it would cost an arm and leg to replace, so this makes sense. Also, if Dragon owns the land which the article indicates they do, then they are sitting on a re-development gold mine given the current real estate market in Maine and condos (B&M Baked beans also considered moving their entire plant for the same reason).
So a few thoughts.... at full capacity, Dragon produces enough carloads for ~7000+ per annum. Even if 5000 or so went by rail, on a 5-day work week (factoring in holidays) that's about 20 cars a day. On top of that, you have the perlite, which is busy about 2-3 carloads per week, as well as the existing steel and new steel coming online... Finger Lakes likely is in a good position to be busy and make some money on this line. I believe the lease from the State is basically $1 a year as well.
Lastly, I heard that 2 other customers are interested in the line. Previously I've heard 'fish food' in reefers coming into Rockland, as well as Amerigas in Waldoboro, but those are speculations on my part... could be a whole new development or something else entirely.
In any case, I think this is a good development, especially with the Class I rise here in Maine, we'll have a healthy and sustainable shortline operation with plenty of runway for growth. Who knows, maybe they'll take on the Lewiston Lower to Grimmels, as well as the Low Road for any future growth there.