Monday, December 12, 2011

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Plans Sale of Isolated Route

(Via newsletter)

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Montreal, Maine & Atlantic has reached a tentative deal to sell the last of its track in northern Maine, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News has reported. MM&A plans to sell its 25-mile route between Madawaska, Maine, and St. Leonard, N.B., to Eastern Maine Railway, an affiliate of J.D. Irving’s New Brunswick Southern Railway.

“We have an isolated piece of railroad there that doesn’t seem to be generating a lot of traffic,” said Robert C. Grindrod, MM&A’s president and CEO. “There seemed to be little or no prospect of regaining traffic from Twin Rivers,” a paper mill in Madawaska.

MM&A sold 233 route-miles of track north of Millinocket to the state of Maine, which in turn has leased it to Eastern Maine Railway. MM&A had proposed abandoning the route on account of diminishing traffic. The 25-mile route east of Madawaska connected the Twin Rivers mill to an interchange with Canadian National. But Twin Rivers, upset with what it said was inadequate service, began trucking its paper into Canada for transloading into railcars on Canadian National.

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