Rigby Yard — Activity, Sightings, and General Discussion

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Rigby transload & happenings

Postby Bulkheadflat » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:04 pm

I've been noticing for a while now that there are 2 lines of grey covered hoppers set a bit beyond the office building, in the vicinity of the old clean out tracks area, with trucks coming and going between the lines. Assuming these are plastic pellets being transloaded, but not certain at all, and no idea for which local industry they may be.
In other news, they just yesterday hauled out all the flatcars of steel sheets that have been stored, and added to little by little, for months on the west side of the yard. Must have been at least 30-40 cars of them rolling out northbound, maybe to the Brunswick branch but not certain.
Lastly, a job arrived from the north this morning with a large block of the burgundy MMA boxes toward the rear of the train, at least a couple dozen from what I could tell, wonder if they are going into storage for some reason or maybe being shipped out of the state since new owners have bid for that line.
Oh yes, as a final word, the warehouse on the east side of the yard continues to receive the ARMN reefers on a regular basis. great to see they've been able to retain that business !
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby CN9634 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:22 pm

Plastic pellets are for Poland Spring... traffic previously handled by SLR.

There were about 70 steel loads at Rigby for Hardings and now they should be a big block at Walnut.

No idea on the MMA boxes except they came down to NMJ a few day ago and probably are going away for good.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby Watchman318 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:24 pm

CN9634 wrote:There were about 70 steel loads at Rigby for Hardings and now they should be a big block at Walnut.
Wow, that's a "powerful chahge." I don't know if anyone's ever figured out how many carloads it takes to build a new destroyer, but some plate steel also comes to Hardings by truck, so that should be a lot of traffic.
There was at least one flatcar on today's inbound Maine Eastern run.

Where's Walnut? I tried Googling, but the best I could come up with was Walnut Hill Rd. (Rt. 115), North Yarmouth, which isn't too far from a junction. (Near the Royal River, so I'm guessing that's Royal Jct. No, I don't get down that way much. ;-))

Sorry about the off-topic drag.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby CN9634 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:09 pm

Bingo.

Walnut is the siding just east of Royal Junction on the back road. It can be viewed from Rt 115.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby KSmitty » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:13 pm

Watchman318 wrote:Where's Walnut? I tried Googling, but the best I could come up with was Walnut Hill Rd. (Rt. 115), North Yarmouth, which isn't too far from a junction. (Near the Royal River, so I'm guessing that's Royal Jct. No, I don't get down that way much. ;-))

Thats the road that the siding just north of CPF 185 (Royal Junction, named as you suspected, after the river) is named after. The east end switch of the siding is "Walnut" and the siding is also "Walnut." The west end switch is considered part of CPF 185.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby CPF363 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:10 pm

Will there be any future effort by Pan Am to extend the CTC east of CPF-185 up the hand throw switch at Walnut and convert it into a powered switch? It could become CPF-183.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby CN9634 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:37 pm

There is a large double tracking project slated for Royal Junction and west that is supposed to include Walnut. Only time (and money) will tell but the rail has already been dropped for the second track.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:10 am

70 loads of steel?

That seems like a major increase in business for traffic to BIW.

What is going on here? Did PAR outbid a trucking firm?
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby MEC407 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:09 am

CN9634 wrote:Plastic pellets are for Poland Spring... traffic previously handled by SLR.


Ouch. That's not something your normally hear (a customer switching TO Pan Am from another railroad)...
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby newpylong » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:20 am

Could just be buying it faster than they can use it. Some RR customers do that to ensure they have adequate car supply at all times. For example, the LPG track in Rigby, WTE track in Deerfield, etc.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:37 am

MEC407 wrote:
CN9634 wrote:Plastic pellets are for Poland Spring... traffic previously handled by SLR.


Ouch. That's not something your normally hear (a customer switching TO Pan Am from another railroad)...


I noticed that too and thought it was quite unusual. The reported marketing efforts appear to be bearing generous fruit.
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Re: Rigby transload & happenings

Postby CN9634 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:48 pm

newpylong wrote:Could just be buying it faster than they can use it. Some RR customers do that to ensure they have adequate car supply at all times. For example, the LPG track in Rigby, WTE track in Deerfield, etc.


Just in time deliverys are a key part of railroad marketing. Rigby has been pretty plugged up in some weeks with just cars stored awaiting delivery.
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Rigby Yard — Activity, Sightings, and General Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:42 am

doublestack wrote:I found this interesting video by Chuck Marsters showing a Sappi paper box that derailed at the Rigby yard earlier this week. I'm not sure what thread would be best to post in so I thought I'd let you decide if anyone would enjoy it or where to post. Take a look and feel free to go ahead and post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbi3uPSATE
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Re: Rigby Yard — Activity, Sightings, and General Discussion

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:02 am

Good topic. Thanks!
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Re: Rigby Yard — Activity, Sightings, and General Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:04 am

Happy to oblige, and kudos to "doublestack" for the idea. :)
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