I think the MEC would have survived as a glorified short line railroad, with a trimming of rail lines that we see today or similar to it. Guilford/Pan Am’s lack of customer service (or lack of something), I'm sure has played into some downsizing but ultimately the pendulum swung the other way when manufacturing moved out of region or closed. The B&M, I don't think would have survived, there's not a lot of traffic originating or terminating anywhere on the B&M system and what there is, is all small customers, which I can't see as being that profitable, Pan Am is probably "getting by" with what they have on the B&M system. What the B&M is good for is a bridge route, but I can't tell you if the MEC would have had the money to purchase the B&M for that purpose. I imagine had Guilford not come into the picture the B&M would have been gobbled up by a bigger railroad, because I think the value as a bridge route for Maine traffic is there. I don’t think regulators would have allowed Conrail to take over, that would have resulted in a monopoly, so its possible NS would be the other railroad with interchanging taking place in Rigby yard.
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