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Limestone

Postby Cowford » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:08 am

There was an article in today's PPH regarding (sadly) layoffs at ME Military Authority in Limestone. The company refurbishes military vehicles, and has completed 10,000 (!) Humvees. Did these ever move by rail (or was rail ever considered)?
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Re: Limestone

Postby Tom Tancula » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:30 am

MM&A tried and was successful with one or two moves. The problems have been that the track to the base is in poor condition, so loading and unloading must take place off the base. The other problem is consolidating moves from off the MM&A-loading multiple vehicle. And the story goes that these vehicles were vandalized when they were moved by rail in the Iron Roads days.

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Re: Limestone

Postby MEC407 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:30 pm

Cowford wrote:Did these ever move by rail (or was rail ever considered)?


I remember seeing some military vehicles (appeared to my untrained eyes to be Humvees) moving eastbound on Pan Am (still Guilford at the time) back in 2002. I heard that they were headed somewhere to be either rebuilt or sold, but never heard anything more after that.
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Re: Limestone

Postby Cowford » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:47 pm

That's a shame. I'd imagine the logistics of trasloading the vehicles in PI or Caribou would have been pretty straightforward, but that of locating/coordinating ramps at all the disparate National Guard origins would have been another story altogether (good challenge for a rail-oriented logistics company!) And it's sadly ironic that the Humvees are made to combat IEDs, and they get damaged by no-good punks. I'd imagine they are too wide for an enclosed rack, so require a chain flat.
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Re: Limestone

Postby MEC407 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:15 pm

The ones I saw in 2002 were in ATSF auto racks, but they weren't completely enclosed because I could see quite clearly what was inside.
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Re: Limestone

Postby Cowford » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:03 pm

I thought the industry had converted 100% to fully enclosed racks by then (I thought it happened sometime in the 90s)... apparently FE racks operate on the old CP line; not sure if clearances would allow use on the old BAR.
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