Filter search

By date

Showing 1-20 of about 28,346 results
Sort by: Relevance | Newest | Oldest

Crude by rail in Maine by the numbers

Railroads carried 4.2 million barrels of crude oil — enough to fill up 267 Olympic-size swimming pools — through Maine last year, up from 25,000 barrels in 2011 and down from 5.2 million barrels in 2012. The 2013 amount does not include the months of April to August when Pan …
After more than two years of effort, a snowmobile crossing was
approved on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway tracks on the new Wildwoods Trail in Brownville. A short ceremony was held Saturday at the new crossing which allows snowmobilers to avoid traveling over Schoodic Lake and on camp roads.

Snowmobilers snip ribbon for new Schoodic snowmobile trail

BROWNVILLE | After nearly two years of hard work, snowmobile enthusiasts were celebrating in Brownville on Saturday. The New Brunswick Southern Railway/Eastern Maine Railway and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway gave their permission for snowmobile crossings on the Wildwoods Trail. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday on the …

Irving subsidiary purchases stretch of Aroostook County railroad

Eastern Maine Railway, a subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd., has purchased a 28-mile stretch of railroad tracks in Aroostook County from the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. The stretch of track is between Madawaska and Van Buren and includes the international bridge that crosses from Van Buren into St. Leonard, …

Operator chosen for northern Maine rail line

PORTLAND | A Canadian company with a rail line in Maine has been chosen as the new operator for 233 miles of state-owned lines in northern Maine formerly owned by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, the Maine Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.   A five-member selection committee unanimously …

Helicopters help fight Mattawamkeag fire

MATTAWAMKEAG – Maine Forest Service helicopters dumped water on a 20-acre forest fire located about one mile east of the Nadeauville Road Wednesday. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. and quickly spread from an area near the Eastern Maine Railway tracks to surrounding woods. The fire is under investigation. …
In this July 2012 file photo, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway worker David Black helped repair and test several locomotives in the company rail yard in Derby. Railroad Acquisition Holdings, the affiliate of Fortress Investment Group that is in the process of buying MMA out of bankruptcy, will change the railroad company’'s name to the Central Maine and Quebec Railway.

New owner, new name: MMA to become the Central Maine and Quebec Railway

HERMON | Once the sale of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway is complete, that name will be filed away in the history books. Railroad Acquisition Holdings, the affiliate of New York-based investment firm Fortress Investment Group that is in the process of buying Montreal, Maine and Atlantic …

Aroostook manufacturers gave new railroad operator high marks, state says

AUGUSTA | Manufacturers on 233 miles of state-owned railroad tracks in northern Maine deemed vital to the state’s economy can expect good and steady service from the tracks’ new freight carrier, a state official says. Fourteen of the 22 major manufacturers along those tracks, most of which run from …
Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that state officials are seeking to prevent another runaway train like that which devastated a Quebec town by questioning five state rail haulers to see how they keep parked trains stationary,

State officials query Maine railroads on preventing runaway trains

AUGUSTA | State officials seeking to prevent another runaway train like that which devastated a Quebec town have queried five state rail haulers to see how they keep parked trains stationary, Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday. Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt sent the letter as a first …

Hermon railroad announces deal to sell tracks that service Madawaska mill

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway announced a tentative deal Tuesday to sell 25 miles of railroad tracks and effectively end a long-running dispute by allowing another shipper access to a Madawaska paper mill. If the Federal Rail Administration and Maine Department of Transportation approve, J.D. Irving subsidiary …

Logging truck spills cargo on moving train

In an effort to avoid a collision with a moving commercial train, a fully loaded logging truck rolled over into a ditch and spilled its cargo onto the train, tying up traffic on U.S. Route 1 in Danforth on Monday afternoon, police said. No one was injured in the accident, …

DAVID R. LEATHERS

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION – David R. Leathers, 44, died unexpectedly Aug. 13, 2005. He was born in Fort Kent, Dec. 27, 1960, the son of John and Eleanor (Drummond) Leathers of Brownville Junction. David graduated from Penquis Valley High School in Milo, in 1979. He was employed by Eastern Maine Railway, …
A firefighter and an emergency crew work on the site of the train wreck in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, July 16, 2013.

State making preparations should Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway fold

AUGUSTA | State officials are talking to four Maine rail haulers about running Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway operations should the company seek bankruptcy protection in response to its runaway train destroying the center of a Quebec town earlier this month. The idea is to protect Maine businesses that …
GUEST COLUMN

Maine’s $21 million subsidy for the port of Saint John?

In 1905, an historic connection was established when the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (B&A) fulfilled the vision of connecting Aroostook County with the deep-water commercial docks at Searsport. This corridor forms the backbone of rail service through the heartland of Maine, and for more than 100 years it has carried …

Developer has resort plan for Brownville

BROWNVILLE – Could it be that Brownville will become home to a 550-room, four-star hotel, 45,000-square-foot convention center, spa facility, 25,000-square-foot conference center, golf course, golf school and clubhouse, three restaurants and 400 time-share units? That’s the concept plan that a California developer has for a 3,500-acre parcel near Norton …

Texan envisions well-heeled tourists traveling Maine by luxury rail

PORTLAND – A Texas businessman is offering luxury rail tours in northern Maine this summer, hoping to attract the same sort of well-heeled vacationers who like to sail on cruise ships. Randy Parten, who owns the nation’s largest fleet of private rail cars, is spending about $3.5 million on the …
Robert Keach is the trustee overseeing Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway as the company works its way through bankruptcy.

Source: New York investment firm wins auction for bankrupt MMA Railway’s assets

PORTLAND | The winner of Tuesday’s auction for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s assets is Fortress Investment Group, according to one source. The auction took place at the Portland office of Robert Keach, MMA’s trustee in the bankruptcy proceedings. The auction lasted 40 minutes and was well attended by …

State making progress in repairing northern Maine rail line, officials say

Contractors have finished only about a quarter of the $10.5 million in repairs planned for 233 miles of state-owned railroad tracks between Millinocket and Madawaska, but freight customers should already be seeing some marked improvements, state officials said this week. About half of the 7,500 feet of rail replacement has …

Courts

Calais District Court Cases April 18-May 8 Jacinta A. Altvater, 36, Perry, domestic violence assault, dismissed. Jennifer Brodie, 20, Lubec, minor transporting liquor, $100, license suspended 30 days. Edward John Cadett Jr., 28, Alexander, operating vehicle while license suspended or revoked, $250. Irving J. Dana, 48, Calais, violating condition of …
Montreal, Maine &  Atlantic Railway engineer Chuck Gould uses a remote control transmitter to move a locomotive at the railway's switching yard in Hermon.

Ten years of highs and lows for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway

HERMON | The derailment and fire that devastated the center of a small town in Quebec on July 6 is among many significant events in the 10-year history of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. January 2003: Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway begins operations when the assets of the century-old …
TRANSPORTATION IN MAINE

In The County, rail maintenance needs outpace resources

FORT FAIRFIELD | There’s no telling what kind of place Fort Fairfield would be today if not for the railroad lines that for more than a century have connected the small northern Maine town to the rest of the world. Even today, in spite of the fact that the …