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  • 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.

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  by 690
 
gokeefe wrote:Quite possibly one of the more interesting editions of PORU in the last ten or twenty years ... Why is that you say? ... New cars with reporting mark NDPX parked in the Rumford Yard this afternoon. The linked video confirms that my vision is not failing. Bonus in the video also includes a string of regularly sighted railroad owned coal hoppers (BM or MEC marks).

If my supposition is correct "NDPX" would be ND Paper ... Even more interesting these are gondola cars. Purpose is unknown but shipping tire chips or other solid fuels seems within the realm of possibility. Here are some photos of what would appear to be the same large green hopper cars in service on "The Bay Line" whose name they still carry. Notable that it would appear these cars had wood chips in them.

As best I know Boise Cascade was the last operator of the Rumford Mill to own any of their rail rolling stock. Boise Cascade sold to Meade in 1996 (23 years ago).
Correct that NDPX is Nine Dragons Paper. They are loaded with shredded tires, likely replacing the NS hi-side gons that had been coming up there. These cars are huge, 8253' cap, almost 70' long, Plate Fs. It'll be an interesting time spotting these on 2 Log to be unloaded, there were twelve on that PORU, normally they only come up a couple at a time.
  by Tom M
 
Earlier this afternoon, and before I saw this post, an eastbound through Dover had four or five of these gondolas. I, too, was squinting to see the reporting marks.
  by gokeefe
 
A215 wrote:Catalyst had big Plate F boxcars coming and going all the time, reporting mark SRY I believe.
Interesting report. Wiki believes that SRY is Southern Railway of British Columbia which given Catalyst's Western Canadian roots makes perfect sense.

I almost answered "NS" (Southern Railway) as holder of "SRY" but that is most definitely not the case.
  by BM6569
 
9 loads of new ties in bathtub gons on EDPO yesterday. Keep an eye out for them!
  by 690
 
Just regular gons, the MEC 1100 and BM 9000 series cars.
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  by BM6569
 
Thanks for the clarification. Forgot the bathtubs are the high sides
  by gokeefe
 
690 wrote:Correct that NDPX is Nine Dragons Paper. They are loaded with shredded tires, likely replacing the NS hi-side gons that had been coming up there. These cars are huge, 8253' cap, almost 70' long, Plate Fs. It'll be an interesting time spotting these on 2 Log to be unloaded, there were twelve on that PORU, normally they only come up a couple at a time.
Appreciate the confirmation. Several were being unloaded today. Agreed these really are enormous cars. They seem bigger than the previous NS gondola cars.
  by 690
 
They are much larger than the NS ones.
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  by gokeefe
 
Perhaps the oddest of oddball boxcars I've ever seen in Maine (@ 2:09). MRL - Montana Rail Link.
  by GP40MC1118
 
The only thing odd about it is that its clean and not tagged!

Also, what are those MEC hoppers on the end of the train for? Love thee "fire hose port" high up the middle!

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  by 690
 
Chipped ties out of Keag. Rumford burns those as well as coal and tires.
  by newpylong
 
What does the mill do with the HOKX Acid or Caustic Soda car?
  by gokeefe
 
GP40MC1118 wrote:The only thing odd about it is that its clean and not tagged!
Still curious how it could be that a Montana Rail Link customer would be buying mill products from either Jay or Rumford. Alternately what's out there that could be coming here?

That's quite the journey for a single box car.
  by PBMcGinnis
 
MRL21131....
Was an inbound carload of talc in bags from Sappington, MT. Apparently used in some aspect of the paper or pulp making process.
  by Cowford
 
What does the mill do with the HOKX Acid or Caustic Soda car?
That would be caustic soda (sodium hydroxide). It's the main ingredient in "white liquor", which is used to dissolve the lignin (essentially, the glue that holds the wood fibers together) in the pulping process.

PS Useless trivia: The HOKX mark denotes Oxy Chem, or Occidental Chemical, which seems pretty random. But "HOK" was Hooker Chemical's reporting mark; Oxy was formed ages ago when Occidental Petroleum purchased Hooker.
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