• 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 troffey
 
I’m spending the weekend along the Rockland Branch. I can see that a train has been through since the last snow plow berms were made along the roads, but can anyone offer any information on how much the branch is used these days? Or if I have any chance of seeing a train over the next couple days?
  by KSmitty
 
In the winter it's a lightly used branch, because Dragon isn't doing much.

They operate weekdays only, and I believe are only making the trip to Brunswick and back once a week.

So unfortunately, I'd say you have about a 0% chance of seeing something moving. In Rockland yard there may be some cement cars, but the engines will be inside the house.
  by gokeefe
 
Dicaperl should still be online but they seem infrequent as well.
  by troffey
 
Thanks for your quick replies. Unfortunately you were right and we didn’t see anything on the branch.
  by sleepingtree
 
At the Brunswick interchange today, I noticed a CP boxcar. If that’s destined for the Rockland branch, it’s the first the branch has seen in some time. Any word on destination?
  by CN9634
 
Sounds like a misroute, I've seen at least 2 cars get delivered by ST to CMQ at Brunswick that sat and had to be re-routed back to NMJ. See below from the PAR website a routing guide, notice how they call it the 'Rockport line'

Central Maine And Quebec Brunswick, ME (Rockport Line) CMQ BRUNW
Central Maine And Quebec Northern Maine Jct., ME CMQ NMJCT
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  by gokeefe
 
Should be interesting to see if it does in fact take a ride to the coast.
  by 690
 
Other possibility is that it was used as a spacer to bring a hazmat up for training at Brunswick. Usually whenever one of those is happening they just grab whatever empty boxcar is easiest to grab out of Rigby, and use that. CP boxcars go west on POED to EDFLD, then 11R to Mohawk.
  by MERailFanJay
 
So yesterday I drove past the Rockland yard and noticed for the first time that 2004 has 'Remote contolled' painted on the tail end. Has that always been there? Do they run it remotely now?
  by MEC407
 
That dates back to the MMA days.
  by MERailFanJay
 
ok. i guess i just never noticed til now.
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  by MEC407
 
The Amtrak geometry train (with two locomotives and two cars) is apparently on the Rockland Branch day, based on photos that NNEPRA posted on Instagram this morning.
  by gokeefe
 
WOW. That's a very good sign.
  by shadyjay
 
Yes, a good sign indeed. I'd love a chance to ride this line. I missed out when Maine Eastern was running their excursions.
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