What's next for MMA?

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Re: What's next for MMA?

Postby KSmitty » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:28 pm

Remember reading that scrap hounds had cut a lot of copper wiring out of it. Regardless of freeze damage (dont engines have a valve that dumps when cooling water temp hits a certain point?) wiring would pretty much spell the end. Wiring can be more expensive than many mechanical repairs.
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Re: What's next for MMA?

Postby MEC407 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:33 pm

KSmitty wrote:(dont engines have a valve that dumps when cooling water temp hits a certain point?)


They do. It's rare, but not unheard of, for those valves to fail or malfunction.
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Re: What's next for MMA?

Postby Zeke » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:06 pm

There was a rule in our rule book if you had a shutdown unit in your consist you were supposed to go back and make sure the engine dumped its water if temp was below freezing and if it did not automatically dump the water you ( Engineer ) were required to dump it manually.Most railroads run straight water with Nalcool or Nalprep as a rust preventer and anti cavitation inhibitor. Cavitation can cause premature cylinder liner wear due to the creation of electrolytes that pit and degrade the liners.
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Re: What's next for MMA?

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:39 pm

From the Bangor Daily News:

Bangor Daily News wrote:The trustee for the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway wants to abandon property at Northern Maine Junction in Hermon that contains a pile of railroad ties treated with chemicals state and town officials believe may pose a long-term environmental threat.

The railroad’s trustee, attorney Robert Keach, has filed a motion seeking court approval to abandon the 5.5-acre property that contains piles of railroad ties treated with creosote to preserve the wood.
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Hermon Town Manager Roger Raymond said town officials are concerned about the possibility of springtime grass fires igniting the creosote-treated rail ties adjacent to the tracks, or of creosote leaching into the ground.
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Just more than one year ago, the useful assets of the railroad were sold to the New York-based Fortress Investment Group for $15.85 million, in a deal that excluded the 5.5-acre railroad tie yard.

Keach wrote the land is of no value to other potential buyers and that Fortress refused to take the parcel as part of its purchase agreement.


Read the rest of the article at: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/31/b ... in-hermon/
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