CMQ Operations

Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby gokeefe » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:52 pm

690 wrote:Domestic, 53' containers.

Interesting timing given everything that is in the mix right now for intermodal competition.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby Zeke » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:17 am

Over on You Tube Maine Train Chaser has a number of very recent video chases of Job1/2 including several on the elusive CMQ Canadian Sherbrooke sub. Most of the trackage videoed on the Moosehead and Sherbrooke has welded rail, fresh ballast, no weeds and includes a bilingual defect detector. They must have dumped a ton of money in the track and it shows. Most of it looks better then CN's 60 mph railroad !
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby Zeke » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:26 am

The ever industrious Maine Train Chaser has two You Tube videos dated 8/27/17 chasing Job1/ Job 2, both trains close to 80-90 cars. Job 2 has two well cars head out with two containers a piece double stacked, couldn't read the reporting marks though. Hopefully the sales department is diversifying the traffic mix. It appears most trains have those log flats, tank cars, high cube box cars and spine cars and that is it.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby 690 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:28 am

The log cars are for Pleasant River in Jackman, that's why you see them on most trains. The tanks are generally either acid cars from GAC, or propane. The rest is mostly wood products, with the occasional covered hoppers and containers. Unfortunately the reality of railroading in this region is that while you can try and diversify your traffic base as much as possible, the bulk of it is still going to be related to the forest industry.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby Zeke » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:23 am

Thanks 690.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby BAR » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:29 pm

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Are the log cars being loaded or unloaded at Jackman? I assume the later and if so where are they headed? Thanks for any info.

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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby 690 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:30 am

There are two groups being sent to Pleasant River right now; BAR/MMA racks that are loaded at Millinocket, and EMRY racks that are loaded at Siberia (east end of Brownville Jct). Pleasant River unloads them, and Job 2 takes them back empty on the rear of their train. Pleasant River does load centerbeams with lumber, although usually only a couple of cars a day.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby BAR » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:23 am

690,

Thanks for the information.

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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby MEC407 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:35 am

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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby Zeke » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:59 am

You Tuber RailFanCam 3071 has posted a you tube video of a CMQ welded rail train operating between NMJ and Millinocket titled..." CMQ job 277 extra welded rail train chase 9/03/2017"... Again it amazes me how well groomed the CMQ property looks. Millinocket yard is freshly surfaced and there are stretches of the Bangor sub with welded rail and new ballast. So used to looking at MMA videos over the years and what a broken down property it was compared to the professional looking CMQ. They definitely get an A for effort in bringing the road back from the dead.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby doublestack » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:40 pm

CMQ rail train. Video by Maine Rail Fanner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbySefFKNQ
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby 690 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:43 am

Job 1 is now going on at 16:00 in Brownville Junction, Job 2 at 20:00 in Farnham, Job 420 at 14:00 in Brownville Junction, and the Brownville switcher at 04:00. Canadian crew at Jackman planned to go on at 22:00, give or take.
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby ShortlinesUSA » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:05 am

Thank you for those updates. The later call times are to facilitate track work, correct?
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Re: CMQ Operations

Postby 690 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:54 am

Correct, they're doing some track work on the Moosehead Sub until mid-November. After that, the schedule may or may not change back to the old one.
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