bostontrainguy wrote: ↑Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:16 am So the volume has increase by 23% but the intermodal pad has to be "reactivated"? So does that mean the stuff has all been moving out by truck?The precise quote from the article:
A rail connection to the container yard, part of a multiyear investment program at the terminal, would offer another way to keep cargo moving once the yard becomes congested, he added.The article itself links to a story from 2014 that basically describes the way the port has already been built out (minus the second track at the IM pad), so I'm not sure if they're talking about reactivating the current setup or actually extending one or both lines under the bridge to the dock area. I would think that, even if the rail line went to the dock, the inbound containers would still need some sort of Customs processing so there would be some inevitable delay after arrival before sending them on their way, in which case the few hundred feet of drayage within the complex wouldn't be a huge barrier. But, I could very well be mistaken.
markhb wrote:Incidentally, the PPH story talks about one of the key exports being "wooden medical instruments". That got some comments on the paper's website, but I don't have a commenting account there so I'll just say: tongue depressors and cotton swabs; the small wood turnings that were one a HUGE part of Maine's forest products economy.I imagine those are likely products made by Puritan which include covid test kits. Interestingly enough, Puritan used to load potato reefers full of tongue depressors, and other similar products. The cars would end up on the west coast, where they would be unloaded, and then used in pool service during the off seasons.
Cosakita18 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:28 pm Each track is long enough for a cut of 15 well cars, so they could load up to 30 cars at a time without much switching. The runaround track is also long enough for a 30-car cut.With respect, that's a big overstatement. There is no more than 2 x 750-ft of working track. That's about 2.75 x 5-unit 40' well cars or 2.5 x 5-unit 53' spine cars per track. It's hard to spot 1/2 or 3/4 of a rail car; I guess the designers didn't know that. The siding would is similarly afflicted.