Rockland Branch Discussion

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by troffey » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:23 pm

I’m spending the weekend along the Rockland Branch. I can see that a train has been through since the last snow plow berms were made along the roads, but can anyone offer any information on how much the branch is used these days? Or if I have any chance of seeing a train over the next couple days?

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by KSmitty » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:16 pm

In the winter it's a lightly used branch, because Dragon isn't doing much.

They operate weekdays only, and I believe are only making the trip to Brunswick and back once a week.

So unfortunately, I'd say you have about a 0% chance of seeing something moving. In Rockland yard there may be some cement cars, but the engines will be inside the house.

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:14 am

Dicaperl should still be online but they seem infrequent as well.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by troffey » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:32 am

Thanks for your quick replies. Unfortunately you were right and we didn’t see anything on the branch.

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by backroadrails » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:46 pm

Looks like Dragon Cement had a huge fire the other day.
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/27/ ... wBDdytOriI

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by sleepingtree » Sat May 18, 2019 9:22 pm

At the Brunswick interchange today, I noticed a CP boxcar. If that’s destined for the Rockland branch, it’s the first the branch has seen in some time. Any word on destination?

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by CN9634 » Sun May 19, 2019 10:19 am

Sounds like a misroute, I've seen at least 2 cars get delivered by ST to CMQ at Brunswick that sat and had to be re-routed back to NMJ. See below from the PAR website a routing guide, notice how they call it the 'Rockport line'

Central Maine And Quebec Brunswick, ME (Rockport Line) CMQ BRUNW
Central Maine And Quebec Northern Maine Jct., ME CMQ NMJCT
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Sun May 19, 2019 10:49 am

Should be interesting to see if it does in fact take a ride to the coast.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by 690 » Sun May 19, 2019 5:29 pm

Other possibility is that it was used as a spacer to bring a hazmat up for training at Brunswick. Usually whenever one of those is happening they just grab whatever empty boxcar is easiest to grab out of Rigby, and use that. CP boxcars go west on POED to EDFLD, then 11R to Mohawk.

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by MERailFanJay » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:36 am

So yesterday I drove past the Rockland yard and noticed for the first time that 2004 has 'Remote contolled' painted on the tail end. Has that always been there? Do they run it remotely now?

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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by MEC407 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:41 am

That dates back to the MMA days.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by MERailFanJay » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:58 am

ok. i guess i just never noticed til now.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by MEC407 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:57 am

The Amtrak geometry train (with two locomotives and two cars) is apparently on the Rockland Branch day, based on photos that NNEPRA posted on Instagram this morning.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:16 am

WOW. That's a very good sign.
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Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Post by shadyjay » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:35 pm

Yes, a good sign indeed. I'd love a chance to ride this line. I missed out when Maine Eastern was running their excursions.

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