The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Cowford » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:05 pm

I see a another Maine-based wood pellet mill, this one in Corinth, burned down. I believe five pellet mills have operated in the past decade or so in Maine, and at least three have burned down... one twice. These guys are begging to be more stringently regulated.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby gokeefe » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:42 am

A lot of it is new builds and therefore had to be up to code when constructed. Hard to think of anything they could do better especially if their injury rate is low.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Cowford » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:06 pm

Not sure how injury rates are related to risk of fire, unless the injuries are burns.

Couldn't do better? Here is a quick and dirty record of pellet mills that are operating/have operated in Maine in last ten years:

Ashland - burned 2009 resulting in two-yr closure, burned 2017
Athens - fire in 2016; fire in 2018
Corinth - destroyed by fire 2018
Strong - blew up 2009 resulting in a one-yr closure, burned 2012
Boothbay - very small plant, closed in 2018 after operating two years
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby MEC407 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:53 am

gokeefe wrote:A lot of it is new builds and therefore had to be up to code when constructed.


Does the code require sprinklers? If it doesn't, I think the case can easily be made that it ought to.

If I were an insurance company I wouldn't insure one of these operations unless they had sprinklers.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby NHV 669 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:46 pm

Somebody mowed the lawn, the M.D. has been brush cut headed west out of Whitefield.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Mikejf » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:12 am

How far West Casey? I went through St. J. over Labor Day and nothing was done on that end..
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby arthur d. » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:59 am

Possibly something snowmobile related?
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:52 am

Looks like they got from Scott Jct. to just before the grade crossing by Hall Road. The brushcutter itself is sitting just around the corner between the road and the tracks. Seems like an odd time to do it, right after two weeks of snow accumulating.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Mikejf » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:24 pm

So is this a machine that runs on the railroad tracks?
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:00 pm

Headed to my father's for thanksgiving, upset stomach as well, didn't stop to examine. Was a small enclosed-cab tractor, similar in size to the Kubota up the road being used on a private driveway. Looked like it had a mower deck and an arm on the back, couldn't tell anything else.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Mikejf » Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:58 pm

Yeah, probably just snowmobile trail maintenance. But here is to hoping..
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby backroadrails » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:04 pm

If it is on the VT side it would make sense, because if I recall the lease is running out for the Twin State Ry.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby gokeefe » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:07 am

Locations as given are in New Hampshire.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:58 am

Only in NH, there's a bridge washout between the state line and the old Gilman mill. Tracks out there are a "jungle".

Looks to be near Scott's headed east where the sled trail meets at the power line near town, as nothing appears to be touched beyond the Cemetary/overpass before the first grade crossing on 142.

The tractor was indeed marked for NH trails, and was gone on my last drive through, likely done with its work.
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