Freight Operations on the "Northern" New Hampshire Mainline

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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Re: Freight Operations on the "Northern" New Hampshire Mainl

Postby newpylong » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:19 pm

BandA wrote:
newpylong wrote:No one operates over legally abandoned track. Are you sure it just wasnt out of service? Or owned by NH?
What would happen if they did? It wouldn't make much sense, but suppose some outfit was desperate for temporary storage space after an abandonment.


Probably nothing until they put one on the ground.
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Re: Freight Operations on the "Northern" New Hampshire Mainl

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:30 pm

Not sure if this belongs here or in the NECR thread, now that they cover operations on this line. Was driving to visit my mother in Lebanon village, and took Maple Street out of Hartford/WRJ to reach NH Rt. 10. Hoppers were visible to end of track, near the Four Aces Diner. I took a poke around, without attempting to tresspass or leave my vehicle. Noticed that the HQ on the Westboro side, now with a corporate G&W sign, identifies the "yard" as the "Granite State Transload". A few other hoppers around, no sign of power other than the old Geep 1907, still lettered for CCRR tacked to the end of a few hoppers. This is a dead unit? if I'm not mistaken. Plenty of tanks over at the tank farm, Rymes? seems to be doing a good stroke of business at the moment.

Closer to Lebanon, drove past the underpass seen here https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6393086,-72.2664093,3a,75y,192h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sK5Apb9-7XCTmpx5wLYUZ1w!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DK5Apb9-7XCTmpx5wLYUZ1w%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D96%26h%3D64%26yaw%3D192.05876%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

and it seems the trail folks have worked quickly. Fully paved trail, and the underpass has a solid set of pressure treated rails on it. Trail is paved up until the ROW disappears under the tunnel here:https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6416272,-72.2552584,3a,75y,45.2h,102.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sE2FVBwPj-qGQUXSUoUMjOw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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Re: Freight Operations on the "Northern" New Hampshire Mainl

Postby Allouette » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:02 am

The transload at Westboro handles road salt (hoppers) and propane (tank cars, may be operated by Rymes). Usual power is the larger of the two Trackmobiles. One can occasionally be seen at the site of the former CV roundhouse in White River Jct. The GP9 was a CCRR engine, and may have been dead before NECR took over. I haven't seen it move in over a year.
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