Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBSR)

Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by gokeefe » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:56 pm

CN9634 wrote:Also hearing of more freight using the Moosehead Gateway
I more more than a little surprised that the Moosehead Gateway apparently continues to be viable and is possibly headed for a renaissance.
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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by fromway » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:33 pm

Long line of black tin cans sitting in Oakfield yards today. Anybody know what is going on?

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by jjoyce1 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:28 pm

fromway wrote:Long line of black tin cans sitting in Oakfield yards today. Anybody know what is going on?
Reporting marks and car numbers? I can trace...

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by carchecker » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:20 pm

NB Southern is storing lpg tanks everywhere so they can keep them in their service when needed. McAdam Yard is full of them.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by fromway » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:09 am

Talked this morning with the crew working the Houlton branch(2 units, 4 covered hoppers, 10 length cut timber cars and 2 tankers). They are also storing tank cars on the Sherman siding. Maybe for Butane use, but not really sure what the purpose is other than just storing them.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by Cowford » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:33 am

NB Southern is storing lpg tanks everywhere so they can keep them in their service when needed.
With respect, that doesn't quite make sense as stated, as such cars are not in [NBSR's] service, per se. They are controlled by shippers or, if off lease, by leasing companies. Are you sure they're pressure cars and not surplus crude cars being stored? LPG cars typically don't sit in the winter... then again, the propane guys are likely taking it on the chin with the warm weather.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by CN9634 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:16 pm

Like 1267s as NBSR is storing those everywhere they can right now (Including in NH on NHCR)

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by carchecker » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:57 pm

I certainly could be wrong but I was told if they let them go they wouldn't be able to get them back when the propane season was in full swing. Most of them have left McAdam Yard now to go back to Saint John, I assume to be loaded. They are definitely lpg, placarded 1075.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by Cowford » Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:38 am

I was told if they let them go they wouldn't be able to get them back
I guess the question is: Who are "they"? The railroad can't arbitrarily hold shipper-controlled cars, but can offer to store such cars, loaded or empty, for a fee. Other companies can't appropriate them, either. It sounds like they are just being staged at shipper request, then.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by carchecker » Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:45 am

"Them" I'm assuming is Irving. As I said I was told that by a NB Southern employee...whether they know what they are talking about is anyone's guess.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by CN9634 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:09 pm

SIT cars likely. They are doing the same on other RRs up here, stocking up for the winter.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by fromway » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:31 pm

I talked today with a NBS employee and he said that the MT tankers in Oakfield were moved out yesterday. He said they went SOUTH. Whatever that means. He said that they were part of 800 that the NBS(Irving) had bought. I hadn't heard of any purchase so I don't know how reliable the statement was.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by CN9634 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:04 pm

Interesting. I'd like to see some

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by carchecker » Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:20 pm

There is a long string of LPG tanks on the NB Southern eastbound in McAdam Yard at 2315 AST. They have a lot of snow on them so I'm guessing they are the tanks from Oakfield heading to Saint John to be loaded. In the past couple of weeks tracks 30, 31, and 32 in McAdam have all been cleared out of their empty tanks also.

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Re: Maine Northern Railway (ex-MMA lines operated by EMR/NBS

Post by BandA » Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:07 am

Free or discounted storage in exchange for guaranteed level of shipments? Or storage fees can partially apply to shipments. I'm full of good ideas at 3AM

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