Houlton Branch

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Houlton Branch

Postby riffian » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:25 am

Looking for info on operations and remaining customers on the Houlton branch. How often served and from where?

Any info greatly appreciated.

Bill Root
New Castle, Delaware
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Re: Houlton Branch

Postby S1f3432 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:08 pm

Largest customer on Houlton Branch is Louisiana Pacific at New Limerick, operating an OSB/
engineered wood plant. Dead River Co. operates a bulk LP gas plant in Houlton yard and there
is apparently something for business north of town in the industrial park as the track was kept
clear all winter.
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Re: Houlton Branch

Postby riffian » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:34 pm

Thanks much. Do you know what days the local works and where it is based?? Thanks again.
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Re: Houlton Branch

Postby S1f3432 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:35 am

Last fall I would see a crew working the Presque Isle cluster on Friday afternoons on my return
to southern Maine after working up north all week. In the same time frame I would see a crew
working around Squa Pan mid-morning on Mondays and late afternoons on Friday. Someone
elsewhere in these forums suggested that it was M-W-F for Presque Isle and Tues-Thurs for
Houlton but my work schedule has changed and am now travelling late Sunday and Thursday.
I haven't seen anything moving on Maine Northern for weeks- don't even see power tied up at
Squa Pan as in the past, but strings of cars are being moved contantly so obviously my timing is
off. MMA was visiting Van Buren mid-morning several times a week but since the CP strike I
haven't seen them either. Did notice tie/surfacing crew tied up in the siding at Sherman last
week so maintenance work may be interfering with train movements.
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