• Rumford Branch, RUPO / PORU

  • 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 coopercat1
 
wally wrote: Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm thanks. i guess i meant specifically about the cold requirement for the logs.
Wally, did you have a CJ and wheel with NEWJO back in the day?
  by wally
 
still have the cj. and now have three 1st gen 4runners.
  by fromway
 
How often are they running the RUPO and PORU these days? There are enough videos showing up, I am just curious.
  by KSmitty
 
7 days a week
  by MEC407
 
There has been a massive explosion at the paper mill in Jay. Debris is reportedly raining down on properties almost a mile away from the mill.

Here is a video taken by one of the log truck drivers parked near the mill [warning: coarse language]:

https://twitter.com/l___kent/status/1250470933636222981

And a photo by Rebecca Burhoe:
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  by pnolette
 
Had just delivered to Jay Hannaford 5 min before this happened.Heard on the CB from the log truck drivers there that the mill is gone..

Edit;
Just came over the news no employees were hurt thankfully.
  by MEC407
 
From the Portland Press Herald:
Portland Press Herald wrote:JAY — A major explosion occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Androscoggin Mill.

Mill officials have told Fire Marshals that all employees and contractors have been accounted for and no one was injured.
Amazing...
  by newpylong
 
Mind boggling no one was hurt.
  by roberttosh
 
Thank God nobody was seriously injured%. I’m no Engineer but can’t imagine that this is going to be an easy fix/repair. If it’s confined to the pulping operation, perhaps they can continue to operate by purchasing market pulp?
  by MEC407
 
From the Portland Press Herald:
Portland Press Herald wrote:The explosion, Davis said, occurred in the digester area of the mill. A mill official described the digester as a large container used to cook the chips to reduce them into individual fiber for the paper-making process.

A couple of people were treated for respiratory problems, Davis said, but otherwise there were no casualties after the explosion sent smoke and debris more than 100 feet into the air.
. . .
Lassetter said the explosion was caused by an “apparent rupture in a pressure vessel” at 11:55 a.m. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was planning to begin investigating Thursday morning.
. . .
“The incident released a mixture of wood fiber, water and pulping liquor,” she said. “At this point, we are evaluating potential environmental impact. In addition, we are taking appropriate steps to stabilize the process to restore order to the mill site (as soon as possible). Again, it is very early in the process. We will provide more details as they become available.”

When fire crews arrived at the mill, there was a small fire on the roof of the plant, Davis said. After determining what chemicals might have been involved in the blast, firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

According to a public filing of dangerous materials used at the Jay plant when it was owned by Verso, the mill typically has 40,000 pounds of chlorine dioxide and 54,000 pounds of ammonia. The filing does not list any other large quantities of hazardous products.

After the explosion, at least two trucks parked near the mill were crushed as debris rained down on them.
Read more at: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/15/ ... ll-in-jay/
  by fromway
 
Not being familiar with the Jay plant. What train takes care of the cars destined for this plant? Also, who does the plant in Mexico?
  by PBMcGinnis
 
The mill traffic moves on RUPO/PORU.
The paper machine side of the mill was not damaged. But they can't make their own pulp for now, so it will have to come from outside sources via rail or truck. Outbound paper production has resumed today.
  by CN9634
 
Where do you see that they resumed paper making operations today? Everything I've seen indicated the plant is still shutdown to non-essential operations and they are assessing when they can resume paper making operations (they goal is ASAP).
Last edited by MEC407 on Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:52 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
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