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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The April Railpace mag reports that this large logistics warehouse is set to close in August. further states that it transloads "OSB and paper from a mill on Maine Northern, which will be trucked in from now on". I presume the OSB mill is Georgia Pacific(?) at New Limerick on the Houlton branch and the lumber comes from one of the mills on the Ashland branch. I was there only once during BAR days, but this was a large rail customer. It was also the only place In the US where you could still see boxcars with friction bearing trucks, some still with State of Maine lettering, a product of the non interchange nature (intraline) of the traffic handled. If this report is valid, how badly will this hurt both Maine Northern and CMQ? Is this still the large consignee it once was? Finally which mills are affected by this move and are any of them in danger? Both mills on the Ashland side have been shut down and reopened in recent years. Thanks for any local input.....
I believe the mill is owned by Huber now. The product has been as of lately, shipped in 50' box cars to LMS where it was transloaded for local distribution. The warehouse was sold to a window manufacturer, which doesn't ship by rail so it is valid. It will do a little bit of harm to CMQ's bottom line, but shouldn't have a effect on mills. The only real change is that the product wont be sitting in the warehouse for a period of time, but will be trucked down from the mills as needed. I believe they take 6-10 cars a week but I am not 100% sure of that statistic.
Sadly the business started to die under MMA, due to less of a need for the product in the area. I believe LMS only employs 2-3 workers right now, but the new window plant should employ 100+, and hopefully they will improve the road into the yard.