Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby gokeefe » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:52 pm

That is very interesting. Thanks for the perspective!
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby Mikejf » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:15 pm

I went by the Mill today on the way home from Portland and noticed there is a demolision crew on site. I did not notice if they had taken something down, or if they are getting ready to take something down. An excavator with a shear head and a long reaching excavator with a grapple were in one of the lots off of River Rd.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby S1f3432 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:32 pm

There has been a plan to take down the roof and upper floor of the building fronting River Rd. north of 9 Paper Machine ( the section with the hip
roof behind the parking lot ) because the roof trusses are deteriorating and there was the fear it would collapse under a snow load. There are areas
inside barricaded off and a crew has been relocating equipment since last year. Demo was supposed to start last fall but then the Mill put it on
hold with other projects taking priority. The area is not used for much besides storage but the is a lot of piping and electrical that passes thru.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby Cosakita18 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:57 pm

Saw this recent video from Rob Selberg showing a Portland local bringing a few high cube boxes (and other cars) off of the Mountain division. High cubes are a very unusual cargo on that branch and it has me wondering if SAPPI Westbrook has started outbound paper shipments by rail again?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPNcZkIEwPc
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby CN9634 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:50 pm

Nope, nothing boxcars off the Mtn. What you see if PO-3 kept their boxes from NEPW in Deering and just brought them along for the trip to Dead River (Which needs buffers anyways for haz)
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby festis » Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:58 pm

Anyone looking for a photo opportunity on the Mountain...Sappi is scheduled for a switch on Wednesday mid morning.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby gokeefe » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:41 pm

Cross posted from "District 1 Gawkings" ...

hh660 wrote:At about 11:00am, this morning, Pan Am switcher heading west to Rigby, pulled 12 or 13 propane tanks off the Mountain Branch. It also had 3 slurry tanks.
Downeast Energy in Westbrook, was the origin of the cars. Is this the new location for the now vacated Commercial Street propane distribution facility?
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gokeefe wrote:That would have to be one of the biggest trains coming off the Mountain Branch in quite some time ...
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby gokeefe » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:07 pm

Does Pan Am have any active customers besides propane at the branch that comes off Deering Junction? Not sure what it's called.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby doublestack » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:47 am

gokeefe wrote:Does Pan Am have any active customers besides propane at the branch that comes off Deering Junction? Not sure what it's called.

I think Blue Linx, formally Georgia Pacific Co. on Warren ave. is still receiving carloads of plywood.
Here's the location;
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6859367 ... a=!3m1!1e3
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby Mikejf » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:50 am

Yes. There is a lumber distributor at the end. Box cars are visible against the building.

[url]513 Warren Ave
513 Warren Ave, Portland, ME 04103

https://goo.gl/maps/Er8odd5EYGp[/url]
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