MMA what if?

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MMA what if?

Postby backroadrails » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:14 pm

So I know this is a far out what if scenario, but what if MMA didn't go bust after Lac-Megantic? Obviously CMQ, wouldn't have been created, and as a result all of the capitol improvements wouldn't have been made, and Maine Eastern would have most likely have received the lease for the Rockland Branch again. That being said, MMA instead of going belly up, would have been bailed out by it's parent company (Railworld) which would have most likely had to sell off other assets to keep the railroad. MMA would have also had to do some sort of asset management like what CMQ did, with the scrapping of long out of use BAR, CDAC, CP, and other Iron Road equipment left on property.
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:07 pm

Some other major wreck would have happened,MMA was a wreck waiting to happen.
They did such slipshod maintenance on their power,track was in very poor shape,it would be shutdown by Transport Canada at any time.
All it would have taken was a "whistlebrower" to drop the dime on MMA
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:50 pm

backroadrails wrote:but what if MMA didn't go full Lac-Megantic?


We're talking the same outfit that repaired a mainline road unit engine block with Bondo.
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby ShortlinesUSA » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:37 pm

J.B. Weld works better.
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby cpf354 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:36 am

The Moosehead Sub. would be a snowmobile trail :wink:
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby Zeke » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:12 am

They were poorly managed and under capitalized. Lac Megantic was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back taking down the whole enterprise.
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Re: MMA what if?

Postby BandA » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:41 pm

Every time a railroad goes through bankruptcy, assets get "rationalized" i.e. sold off. In this case the rolling stock got replaced & much of the Derby Shops got torn down or are going to be torn down? (and environmentally "remediated").

If MMA had not had the accident, more people would be alive. MMA might still be running one-man crews, but they would have had to step up the maintenance by now. Perhaps they would be overhauling MBTA locomotives in Maine.

If Lac Megantec had occurred but the Canadian division had been separately incorporated, the Canadian tracks might have been sold to another railroad or CP or shut down.
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