Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:17 am

No no no. We only do that for lines that don't HAVE any customers — or an operator, for that matter! :P
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:38 am

newpylong wrote:
gokeefe wrote:I have similar thoughts in relation to then potential for moving frozen foods from Belfast via intermodal container. Sounds silly but .....


Rehabbing 30 miles of excepted trackage to handle a few pigs a week sounds like something Maine would go for...


Yeah I know. Not at all a priority.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby CVRA7 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:01 pm

Now I'm from away, but isn't Belfast trying to develop more of a recreational port at the expense of commercial activity? Thought that was why they forced the B&ML out of downtown. Maybe some people closer to the action can comment on this.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:29 pm

Yes and No they're a bit conflicted. Recently they've strongly supported the opening of a major commercial shipyard.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby Ridgefielder » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:54 pm

Wouldn't a "major commercial shipyard" want rail access to the waterfront, since major commercial ships are built out of large, heavy pieces of steel?
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:46 pm

I apologize. I'm speaking in relative terms. Nothing like what they have in South Korea (or even Bath). It's all yachts and pleasure craft. "Fiberglass fleet" types.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby thebigham » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:16 pm

From the PAR Yahoo! group:

"B&ML. 53. Is setting on the siding in Burnham. Anyone know what is up?"

Is it going somewhere or is it just parked there?
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby 690 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:24 pm

Going for a vacation at the Waterville shops.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby b&m 1566 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:54 am

BML is looking for donations to help complete engine 53's turbo charger that needs to be completely rebuilt.

Locomotive 53's turbo charger was sent out to a vendor along with our spare for a rebuild believing the unit was in fair condition and could be rebuilt with parts from the spare, however we been notified that 53's turbo charger is damaged more than first thought and that the parts from the spare unit are incompatible.

We have opted for a complete rebuild of the primary unit in order to secure a warranty and knowledge that the job has been done correctly. Unfortunately, this will add roughly $9,000 to the original estimate.  


For more information and how to donate click here.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby thebigham » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:18 pm

Hello!

I saw a pic on Facebook of an ex Lowville & Beaver River 44 tonner that is heading via truck to the B&ML.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby GP40MC1118 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:13 pm

Has an interesting background - Originally built for the NC&St.L, then to the L&N IN 8/57.
Passed through two dealers before coming to the L&BL.

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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:44 pm

Interesting entry from the NC&St.L wiki.

In 2007 former NC&StL GE 44 ton Diesel (1950) Huntsville terminal switcher number 100 was moved from Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee to Cowan, Tennessee at the Cowan Railroad Museum. Though subsequently an L&N engine (number 3100), she was cosmetically restored to original scheme and number. In the process, the locomotive was found to be runable. It is important as the first transitorized remote control locomotive in the US (converted in 1962)
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby backroadrails » Mon May 21, 2018 9:11 am

I finally got around to driving out to see the 1950, and it looks like it will be a great addition to the B&ML.
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