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Federal rail panel to meet in PI

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s supposed inefficiency will be discussed when the federal agency that resolves freight rail issues meets in Presque Isle next month to hear the carrier’s …

Rail line issue to bring federal officials to Maine

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Federal officials will be in Maine next month to meet with local and state officials and stakeholders regarding the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s notice of intent …

Fed officials to attend rail meeting

BANGOR, Maine — Two top-level federal transportation officials will meet with Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway stakeholders next month to see whether the U.S. government should help save 241 miles of railroad tracks from a proposed abandonment that state officials say would wreck Maine’s economy.
Ed Burkhardt

CEO of Rail World — Montreal, Maine and Atlantic parent — sits on board of company suing railway in bankruptcy

In what some experts say could be a conflict of interest, the CEO of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s parent company also sits on the board of directors of the railway’s second-largest creditor, which on Tuesday sued to ensure it is first to be paid from MMA’s ongoing bankruptcy …
Ed Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railways, speaks to the media as he arrives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Wednesday.

Rail chairman says brakes likely set improperly, called “murderer” in Quebec town

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — The head of the company whose runaway oil-tanker train exploded and devastated a Quebec town faced cries of “murderer” from residents on Wednesday, and he said the train’s hand brakes were likely set improperly, causing the calamity. Police say they expect the death toll to rise to …
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, Maine — 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 …
Rail ties of varied lengths on a Presque Isle section of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway in Presque Isle Thursday, March 18, 2010.  Safety concerns and poor track maintenance along sections of the MM&A railway in northern Maine limit the speed of their freight trains where 10 to 15 mph is common.  State officials are seeking a $25 million bond to repair rail in Aroostook, Penobscot and Androscoggin counties. Without such aid railways like MM&A might have to abandon their 241 miles of track which remain crucial to Maine industries.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

State buys northern Maine rail line for $20.1 million

The state has purchased 233 miles of northern Maine freight rail tracks deemed vital to Maine’s economy from owner Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway for $20.1 million, officials said Tuesday. …
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, Maine — 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 …
Engineer Rick Cameron of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway looks at his rearview window as he reverses Engine 100 at the Squapan station in Masardis Thurdsday, March 18, 2010. Engine 100 was built in 1957.  Safety concerns and poor maintenance along sections of the MM&A railway in northern Maine sometimes limit the speed of their freight trains to 10 to 15 mph.  State officials are seeking a $25 million bond to repair rail in Aroostook, Penobscot and Androscoggin counties. Without such aid railways like MM&A might have to abandon their 241 miles of track which remain crucial to Maine industries. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Federal panel approves abandonment of northern Maine rail line

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal Surface Transportation Board has approved Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s request to abandon 233 miles of rail in northern Maine, paving the way for the state …
Robert Keach is a Bernstein Shur attorney who was appointed the trustee overseeing Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway as the company works its way through bankruptcy.

‘Multiple bids’ made in auction for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway assets

BANGOR, Maine — Multiple parties have made initial bids for the assets of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway ahead of next week’s auction. The deadline for bids on the railroad’s assets was the end of the day Friday. Robert Keach, the railroad company’s trustee in its bankruptcy proceedings, …
A firefighter stands close to the remains of a train wreckage in Lac-Megantic on July 8, 2013.

Canada lets Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway operate through Oct. 1

Canada will let the rail company that owned the tanker train that blew up in a Quebec town last month, killing 47 people, operate through early October after the firm provided new evidence about its insurance, a government regulator said on Friday. The July 6 crash was North America’s deadliest …
Robert Keach, an attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland, on Aug. 21, 2013, was appointed the trustee overseeing Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway as the company works its way through bankruptcy.

Trustee named to oversee Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway during bankruptcy

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland attorney has been named trustee of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway as the company works through its bankruptcy proceedings. The U.S. Trustees Office on Wednesday named Robert Keach, an attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland, to be MMA’s trustee. MMA filed for Chapter 11 …

Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway rehiring workers thanks to $3 million loan

HERMON, Maine — Thanks to a recent $3 million loan, workers are being rehired by the bankrupt railway that owned the runaway train that devastated a Canadian town, killing 47 people, the railway’s court-appointed trustee said Monday. Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway secured a $3 million loan from Camden National …
CONTRIBUTORS
Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway worker David Black helps repair and test several locomotives in the company rail yard in Derby in 2012.

How a modern logistics hub in Bangor can make port in Searsport competitive

In 2011, Eastern Maine Development Corp., in partnership with Maine Maritime Academy, released a study titled “Searsport-Bangor Logistics Corridor Project.” The 78-page document explores growth opportunities in the 30-mile corridor between Bangor, Maine’s third largest city and an important transportation hub for the state, and Searsport. Two years later, not …
Laid off workers from the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway receive unemployment counseling at the Penquis building in Dover-Foxcroft Wednesday morning.

Laid-off railway workers grim in wake of Lac-Megantic disaster

BANGOR, Maine — David Stupakewicz hopes to land a job with a paper mill or maybe hook on with another railroad company now that Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway has laid him off, he said Wednesday. A locomotive electrician, Stupakewicz is among 79 company workers, and 60 Americans, who lost …

Twin Rivers to truck paper to Canadian rail

Twin Rivers Paper Co. has opted to truck its paper into Canada to be loaded onto freight cars there rather than use Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway trains, the latest escalation in a northern Maine track battle.
POLL QUESTION
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles in Brunswick. Representatives from two railway projects say a passenger rail line connecting Boston and Montreal through Western Maine, including stops in Auburn and Bethel, is possible within the year.

Portland-Auburn-Montreal passenger rail possible within the year

PARIS, Maine — Representatives from two passenger rail proposals looking to link Montreal to Boston through Western Maine say regular train service could start as early as next year. Speaking at a meeting of the Androscoggin, Oxford and Coos Counties Corridor Committee on Wednesday, George Schwanke and Bob Steele of …

Talks on freight railway buy roll on

Neither side calls it an impasse, but Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway and the state remain locked in talks over a state plan to buy 233 miles of northern Maine freight rail tracks slated for abandonment, they said Tuesday.
Engineer Rick Cameron of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway looks in his rearview mirror to check out cars behind him as he reverses Engine 100 at Squapan station recently. Engine 100 was built in 1957.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)



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Engineer Rick Cameron of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway looks at his rearview window to check out the cars behind him as he reverses Engine 100 at the Squapan station in Ashland Thurdsday, March 18, 2010. Engine 100 was built in 1957.  Safety concerns and poor maintenance along sections of the MM&A railway in northern Maine sometimes limit the speed of their freight trains to 10 to 15 mph.  State officials are seeking a $25 million bond to repair rail in Aroostook, Penobscot and Androscoggin counties. Without such aid railways like MM&A might have to abandon their 241 miles of track which remain crucial to Maine industries. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Railroad, DOT in talks on track deal

The state could buy 233 miles of northern Maine freight rail tracks slated for abandonment within several weeks if it and track owner Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway agree on a price, officials said Wednesday.

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 …