• Rockland Branch Discussion

  • 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 deathtopumpkins
 
Based on Street View imagery, the current Oak St overpass is at least 10 years old.

The oldest imagery for Pearl St is from 2009, and that fence was already there.
  by Cowford
 
Is anything freight-wise happening on the branch???
  by doublestack
 
Cowford wrote:Is anything freight-wise happening on the branch???
Yup, steel for BIW into the Harding Plant in Brunswick.
Latest load spotted here thanks to drc390 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkL8ZoyB8dE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by 690
 
Plus the usual cement and perlite. A few new(er) cement hoppers have been added to the pool, so you'll probably see the older NAHX ones being phased out here.
  by Dick H
 
I was on the noon "Lighthouses and Shipyards cruise today in Bath. (10/5).
As we approached BIW, the CMQ job to Rockland with five covered
hoppers was passing over the Carleton Bridge. The boat Captain
noted that this a "once a week occurrence".
  by MEC407
 
Video by drc930:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uNZcW0Yyvg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by gokeefe
 
Dick H wrote:I was on the noon "Lighthouses and Shipyards cruise today in Bath. (10/5).
As we approached BIW, the CMQ job to Rockland with five covered
hoppers was passing over the Carleton Bridge. The boat Captain
noted that this a "once a week occurrence".
Lucky you! Seeing a train cross that bridge from the water is a rare sight indeed.
  by MEC407
 
From Village Soup:
Village Soup wrote:A proposed schedule for the pilot Downeaster Amtrak passenger train service to Rockland is being developed, with the first trains possibly pulling into the Union Street station in May.
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Quinn said Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the pilot program is still in the exploratory stage. The next steps are to check the tracks between Brunswick and Rockland to see if they meet the needs of the equipment.

Between mid-December and mid-January, the Rail Authority will hold forums in communities where the trains will stop -- Rockland, Newcastle, Wiscasset and Bath -- to gather public feedback.

Possible schedules are still being developed, but the current proposal is for the service to run May through October on weekends. The tentative schedule calls for a train to leave Boston at 5 p.m. Friday and reach Rockland at 10:30 p.m. The train would then return to Brunswick, where it would stay overnight.
Read the rest of the article at: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/downeast ... ay/1703997" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by kilroy
 
The Maine Eastern excursions moved at a good clip so I would think the tracks are still in fairly good shape. I don't think it will take too much to get them up to Amtrak standards,
  by gokeefe
 
Agreed.

Great article from Village Soup.

I am very happy indeed to see the Rockland seats projected to be sold on the 5pm departure out of Boston. That will be a very strong market indeed.
  by Dick H
 
#685 sold out leaving Boston just about every Friday during the summer into the fall this year.
Rockland passengers better buy their tickets early in the week or even earlier.
  by deathtopumpkins
 
Village Soup wrote:The next steps are to check the tracks between Brunswick and Rockland to see if they meet the needs of the equipment.
Didn't Amtrak run a train up to Rockland recently? Like within the last year or two? I thought that was essentially an 'inspection trip'.
The train would then return to Brunswick, where it would stay overnight.
Didn't we previously establish that there was a layover space in Rockland? I wonder why they would be deadheading all the way back to Brunswick instead. That seems like an awfully expensive deadhead compared with just laying over in Rockland.
  by gokeefe
 
It was a visal inspection for VIPs, not track geometry and/or defect detection.

There is no suitable layover site in Rockland. Furthermore the trainset would be out of position for the next day's work and isolated from mechanical support. They want the trainsets to be serviced in Brunswick.
  by Ridgefielder
 
MEC407 wrote:From Village Soup:
Village Soup wrote:A proposed schedule for the pilot Downeaster Amtrak passenger train service to Rockland is being developed, with the first trains possibly pulling into the Union Street station in May.
. . .
Quinn said Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the pilot program is still in the exploratory stage. The next steps are to check the tracks between Brunswick and Rockland to see if they meet the needs of the equipment.

Between mid-December and mid-January, the Rail Authority will hold forums in communities where the trains will stop -- Rockland, Newcastle, Wiscasset and Bath -- to gather public feedback.

Possible schedules are still being developed, but the current proposal is for the service to run May through October on weekends. The tentative schedule calls for a train to leave Boston at 5 p.m. Friday and reach Rockland at 10:30 p.m. The train would then return to Brunswick, where it would stay overnight.
Read the rest of the article at: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/downeast ... ay/1703997" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
O/T but-- what is that train in the file photo? Looks like the PRR's Congressional.
  by kilroy
 
Morristown & Erie owned car at Rockland station.
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