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The subsidiary, Midcoast Rail Service, is proposing to use a self-propelled rail car to carry passengers between Rockland and Brunswick. The trips would be timed to connect with Downeaster trains in Brunswick.It appears that FGLK hasn't thrown in the towel completely. Looks like they still want to send at least the one former AEAX Budd car they've acquired back east.
A co-founder of Finger Lakes Railway, George Betke, said it could have multiple benefits.
"It would provide better intra-state connectivity between Rockland and certainly Portland, as well as other potential destinations in southern Maine," he said. "It would also be a pioneering experiment from Amtrak's standpoint."
Midcoast Rail would also carry freight on the line. But a major source of freight revenue, Dragon Cement in Thomaston, has said it is no longer shipping product from its plant to Rockland by rail.
Still, Betke said his new company would like to begin operating by this summer and has already acquired a rail car it could use on the runs.
Bangor Daily News wrote:A representative from Finger Lakes Railway gave a conceptual presentation to the board of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority — which manages Amtrak’s Downeaster service in Maine — at its meeting Monday.Read the full article at: https://bangordailynews.com/2022/01/30/ ... oam40zk0w/
That was only preliminary, though. A formal proposal is still being fleshed out, and its ultimate fate hinges on agreements between multiple parties, including the rail authority, the Maine Department of Transportation and multiple railroad companies.
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The service would offer one daily trip along the route from November to April. From May to October, a second daily trip would be offered Friday through Sunday. Proposed stops include Bath, Wiscassett, Newcastle and Rockland, according to Betke. A stop in Waldoboro could also be added.
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Moulton said another assessment may need to be done before passenger rail service returns to the tracks.
“I don’t think it’s likely there’s any major hurdles, it’s more of going back out there and assessing and then them proposing speeds they could run and confirming with [Federal Railroad Administration] and others that they can run those speeds,” Moulton said.
49 CFR 236.1005(b)(6) wrote: 236.1005 Requirements for Positive Train Control systems.
(b) PTC system installation -
(6) New rail passenger service. No new intercity or commuter rail passenger service shall commence after December 31, 2020, until a PTC system certified under this subpart has been installed and made operative.
Bangor Daily News wrote:A New York-based rail company has proposed a concept to test passenger train service to Rockland, possibly as soon as this summer . . .(emphasis added)
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“We proposed this as a test. The discussion on Monday was of a possible two year test with real equipment, real people, real communities to see what the reaction is,” Betke said.
Betke said the hope is that the service could be up and running by May 1, if all of the pieces fall together.