Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

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

Postby BM6569 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:06 pm

Was cleaning up some stuff today and found some topo maps I picked up at a garage sale this summer. One shows Westbrook so I tried scanning that section. Says last edited 1978 but I'm sure some of it was out of date. I can make a higher res scan if need be.

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

Postby Mikejf » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:13 pm

Just got word of a spreader move on the branch, first thing Friday morning, plowing out the line to the mill. Crew will then return later with cars to switch the mill.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

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

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

Postby festis » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:10 am

Pan Am Just rolled into Westbrook, Headed to Sappi for a switch...if anyone wants to try and catch them on their way back out.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby markhb » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:41 am

The Press Herald reports that a private startup wants to get the Mountain Division going again....

A Maine entrepreneur is proposing to revive a defunct rail line for freight and passenger service between Portland and the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, with plans to extend the line eventually to Vermont and Montreal.

The driving force behind the project is David Schwanke, president of Golden Eagle Rail Corp., a startup company...

The biggest challenge would be creating agreements with so many different entities, said Deborah Murphy, who formerly handled passenger rail for the Vermont Rail System and is now working as a consultant for the project. Murphy said the deal-making skills that Schwanke mastered in Hollywood should prove useful.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby NHV 669 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:26 pm

markhb wrote:The Press Herald reports that a private startup wants to get the Mountain Division going again....

A Maine entrepreneur is proposing to revive a defunct rail line for freight and passenger service between Portland and the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, with plans to extend the line eventually to Vermont and Montreal.

The driving force behind the project is David Schwanke, president of Golden Eagle Rail Corp., a startup company...

The biggest challenge would be creating agreements with so many different entities, said Deborah Murphy, who formerly handled passenger rail for the Vermont Rail System and is now working as a consultant for the project. Murphy said the deal-making skills that Schwanke mastered in Hollywood should prove useful.


This is the same guy that wanted to use the SLR line for the same purpose
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby MEC407 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:29 pm

Yup.

Further discussion about this subject can be found in the Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division thread.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby NHV 669 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:42 pm

MEC407 wrote:Yup.

Further discussion about this subject can be found in the Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division thread.


yes, a good read i spent much of two weeks ago browsing through. Seems as though everybody forgets the fact that millions would have to be spent just to make the short portion from Whitefield to St. J even usable again
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby JCitron » Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:26 pm

BM6569 wrote:Was cleaning up some stuff today and found some topo maps I picked up at a garage sale this summer. One shows Westbrook so I tried scanning that section. Says last edited 1978 but I'm sure some of it was out of date. I can make a higher res scan if need be.

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We thank you for the gesture, however, it isn't necessary and this will save you the effort. The National Geological Survey (NGS) has this and other topographic maps available as downloads. They are in the GEOPDF format which is usable for GIS purposes as well as viewing.

Here is the complete how-to download:
http://nationalmap.gov/historical/help/ ... tions.html

Here is a list of available maps for your region. You can even go back further if you want.
http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/usgs/map ... 8&uiarea=2)/.do

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

Postby BM6569 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:52 pm

Yeah, I had forgot they were available online when I posted that. lol But at least it didn't take me a lot of time to scan it
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General Alarm fire at Sappi Westbrook

Postby fogg1703 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:05 pm

General alarm fire broke out earlier tonight at the mill, sounds like contained to a pile of woodchips in one of the buildings.

http://wgme.com//news/features/top-stor ... 9MZUONdWSo

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Dozens of firefighters from five different towns are on the scene of a fire at the Sappi paper mill in Westbrook. Firefighters at the scene tell CBS 13 a large pile of wood chips inside a building in the mill caught fire. The building features a sprinkler system that is soaking the area around the mill with a fine mist of water. After two hours and firefighters from Westbrook, Falmouth, Windham, Gorham and Portland working on the fire, crews pulled out and left the mill. Investigators say an overheating motor near the wood chips touched off the flames.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby MEC407 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:21 pm

The grade crossing on Thompson's Point Road in Portland is being rebuilt this weekend, presumably in relation to the upcoming major redevelopment of Thompson's Point.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby gokeefe » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:00 pm

MEC407 wrote:The grade crossing on Thompson's Point Road in Portland is being rebuilt this weekend, presumably in relation to the upcoming major redevelopment of Thompson's Point.


Speaking of Thompson's Point....if you haven't been by there recently there has been a whole bunch of site prep work done. All of the junk has been moved out the area is clean and free of debris and if I'm not mistaken one of the buildings has already received new windows. Lots still to be done but things are clearly moving forward.
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Re: Activity on the Mountain Branch (Portland to Westbrook)

Postby Froggie » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:53 pm

That same building looks to have been getting reroofed as well. The grade crossing definitely got a lot of work this weekend, though the road is still dirt at this point.
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