• Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

  • 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 Mikejf
 
I went by the Mill today on the way home from Portland and noticed there is a demolision crew on site. I did not notice if they had taken something down, or if they are getting ready to take something down. An excavator with a shear head and a long reaching excavator with a grapple were in one of the lots off of River Rd.
  by S1f3432
 
There has been a plan to take down the roof and upper floor of the building fronting River Rd. north of 9 Paper Machine ( the section with the hip
roof behind the parking lot ) because the roof trusses are deteriorating and there was the fear it would collapse under a snow load. There are areas
inside barricaded off and a crew has been relocating equipment since last year. Demo was supposed to start last fall but then the Mill put it on
hold with other projects taking priority. The area is not used for much besides storage but the is a lot of piping and electrical that passes thru.
  by Cosakita18
 
Saw this recent video from Rob Selberg showing a Portland local bringing a few high cube boxes (and other cars) off of the Mountain division. High cubes are a very unusual cargo on that branch and it has me wondering if SAPPI Westbrook has started outbound paper shipments by rail again?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPNcZkIEwPc" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by CN9634
 
Nope, nothing boxcars off the Mtn. What you see if PO-3 kept their boxes from NEPW in Deering and just brought them along for the trip to Dead River (Which needs buffers anyways for haz)
  by gokeefe
 
Cross posted from "District 1 Gawkings" ...
hh660 wrote:At about 11:00am, this morning, Pan Am switcher heading west to Rigby, pulled 12 or 13 propane tanks off the Mountain Branch. It also had 3 slurry tanks.
Downeast Energy in Westbrook, was the origin of the cars. Is this the new location for the now vacated Commercial Street propane distribution facility?
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gokeefe wrote:That would have to be one of the biggest trains coming off the Mountain Branch in quite some time ...
  by gokeefe
 
Does Pan Am have any active customers besides propane at the branch that comes off Deering Junction? Not sure what it's called.
  by doublestack
 
gokeefe wrote:Does Pan Am have any active customers besides propane at the branch that comes off Deering Junction? Not sure what it's called.
I think Blue Linx, formally Georgia Pacific Co. on Warren ave. is still receiving carloads of plywood.
Here's the location;
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6859367 ... a=!3m1!1e3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by newpylong
 
This mill was going to produce pellets, not electricity. Considering raw forest products are usually sourced fairly local for mills like this the only likely rail use would have been outbound loads of finished pellets. The article quotes 30,000 tons of finished product a year. Not sure if that would be worth rebuilding 20 miles of track for? Less than a car/day over a calendar year.
  by Dick H
 
Not sure if newpy means 20 miles on the Maine end or Vermont end, as it is]
20 rail miles from Gilman to St. Johnsbury. On the other hand, it is just eight
rail miles from Gilman to Whitefield. The NHCR could then interchange the
traffic with the SLR at Groveton.
  by baldy
 
It should be noted that a railroad needs 100 cars are per mile to be sucessful. At 8 miles should be 800 cars. Wouldn't be sucessful. I would agree it's too bad the deal didn't go through.
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