• CMQ Operations

  • Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).
Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

Moderator: MEC407

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  by doublestack
 
Thanks to Maine Rail Fanner, here's a couple of clips of the latest train action on the CMQ in Maine's north country. Enjoy!
video# 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Urq3OCnO4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Sewage Treatment Plant Rd. I posted this to show what area they mentioned in the clip.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brown ... 5ed02b59f7" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
video# 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HImgljPX760" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by doublestack
 
Two more videos from MaineRailFanner.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWclgSlJ6c" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Take note, on this next clip @ 2:45 in time, you'll notice NBSR #6318 heading southbound (tt west) crossing Church st. in Brownville, not Brownville Junction which is 2 miles north from there. Most of NBSR's traffic coming southbound from Millinocket and points north will be dropped at the Brownville's wood loading facility yard just south of Church st. instead of pushing or dragging their train back to the junction as you can see in the video. Light power returned on the x-B&A to the county. Through CMQ trains from BJ will pick-up these cars from NBSR that are bound for Northern Maine Junction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Urq3OCnO4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Brownville's wood loading facility yard
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3017879 ... a=!3m1!1e3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by fogg1703
 
Thanks for posting the links of the great MaineRailFanner videos.

A couple questions arise:
1. Does NBM assign a switcher at Brownville Jct that builds trains for MNR and NBSR traffic?
2. Are NBSR and MNR crews pre blocking trains prior to interchange at Brownville Jct due to congestion?
3. Does CMQ assign a switcher to Brownville Jct or is it the road power that switches Brownville Jct?
  by KSmitty
 
Got to spend this past weekend along the CM&Q.
Friday and Saturday CM&Q roundtripped NMJ-Brownville and back. Saturday they sent a train north to Millinocket.
Quite fun to listen to GP38-s chug up here in turbo territory.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 5932917804" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by KSmitty
 
fogg1703 wrote:Thanks for posting the links of the great MaineRailFanner videos.

A couple questions arise:
1. Does NBM assign a switcher at Brownville Jct that builds trains for MNR and NBSR traffic?
2. Are NBSR and MNR crews pre blocking trains prior to interchange at Brownville Jct due to congestion?
3. Does CMQ assign a switcher to Brownville Jct or is it the road power that switches Brownville Jct?
1. Nope. Road crews switch Brownville.
2. Yep. I'll relay what I've been told. MNR blocks the trains for south, east and west. They make their drops for west and south in the Brownville yard, make pickups in Brownville Junction and run back to the cutoff to pick up the east section of their train from Oakfield. Westbounds out of Saint John do the same thing, in reverse.
3. I believe they normally do not, but may call an extra crew as needed.
  by Fritz
 
KSmitty,
Any idea if the CMQ fields a switcher/local in the Derby/Brownville Junction area? Or do road freights (NMJ-BJ or BJ-Milli) do all the switching in those locations? Thanks for any help and thanks for your reports!
Best,
Fritz
  by doublestack
 
In this recent video taken by MaineRailFanner of CMQ and Maine Northern railroads, you'll see CMQ heading north from NMJ to Brownville Junction, and with Maine Northern arriving at the Brownville Village yard located just below Church st. for a drop off of lumber loads from wood mills in northern Maine for interchange with CMQ.
Note, several of the crossings on CMQ's busy main line are only protected by cross bucks and trains speeds are relatively decent for that area. Also, check-out the derailed boxcar in the Brownville log loading yard. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axghVOlTV5w" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by doublestack
 
CMQ action on the Brownville-NMJ branch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNUvP8uVpY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Video by MaineRailFanner
  by doublestack
 
More great Maine action on the CMQ from this past weekend. Note the extra large lumber train southbound out of Brownville Junction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwy53UWb41Y" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Also, here's another clip to enjoy. CMQ power move and NBSR with a huge load of wood chip cars eastbound by Schoodic Lake near Brownville.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynzqK63UbMA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Video's by MaineRailFanner
  by MEC407
 
Photo by Jeff J. Bray:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/609365/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by 690
 
Last Friday CMQ hauled their first doublestacks, a three pack. They have previously done singles before as tests, so hopefully we'll continue to see this traffic grow.
  by fogg1703
 
690 wrote:Last Friday CMQ hauled their first doublestacks, a three pack. They have previously done singles before as tests, so hopefully we'll continue to see this traffic grow.
Im still a little amazed that between all the great coverage of the CMQ/EMR/NBS lines on multiple media platforms that no pictures or videos have surfaced of this move. Thomas any idea if they are international or domestic DS?
  by 690
 
Domestic, 53' containers. There are some pictures, but they're not mine to share.
  by 690
 
New ties have been laid out from Millinocket to at least West Seboeis, probably further, and new stick rail has been steadily coming into Millinocket.
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