Transportation in Maine


Dragon Cement finds unique solutions using roads, rails and ports

By Christopher Cousins on March 21, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
THOMASTON | Which mode of transportation works best often depends on the product to be transported, and at Dragon Cement in Thomaston, the product is as unwieldy as anything. Heavy, bulky and finicky against the elements, Dragon’s cement nonetheless has made it to foundations, bridges and buildings from Canada …
One of the two massive warehouses at the Sprague Energy Terminal in Searsport that the company is marketing and hopes to attract businesses for long term use of the space.

Challenges plague Maine ports, but shipping still on the rise

By Christopher Cousins on March 21, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
SEARSPORT | At the Sprague Energy terminal in Searsport, there’s a cavernous room fit for a football stadium. Actually, there are two such rooms, and both are empty. Sprague built the two hulking structures — a combined 90,000 square feet — in 2005. For two years, they brimmed with wood …

In The County, rail maintenance needs outpace resources

By Christopher Cousins on March 20, 2011, at 12:37 p.m.
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 …
Located in Hermon, the Northern Maine Junction is where the Pan Am and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic rail lines meet.

Rail companies’ struggle for solvency hangs on manufacturing

By Christopher Cousins on March 20, 2011, at 12:35 p.m.
BANGOR | The railroad industry’s ability to move huge volumes of goods over long distances is also its biggest enemy in Maine, where a dwindling manufacturing base means customers who need rail transport are becoming too few and too far between. That reality nearly changed northern Maine forever when …

Shippers, manufacturers, consumers ride a delicate balance in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on March 19, 2011, at 12:24 p.m.
Editor’s note: Today, we begin a three-part series on how goods are moved into, around and out of Maine. From trucks to trains to ships, the three legs of the state’s transportation systems are dependent on one another for efficiently moving wares to market both in the state and around …
A crane adds freshly-cut timber to Wayne Daggett's payload at a harvesting area in Dover-Foxcroft on Feb. 10, 2011. Daggett runs Charles Daggett Inc. based in Topsfield and hauls wood for private contractors. By far, trucking dwarfs other forms of transport in Maine despite the recession and despite federal regulations imposed on the trucking industry.

Truckers face ‘perfect storm’ of more regulation, high prices

By Christopher Cousins on March 12, 2011, at 12 a.m.
BANGOR | As Wayne Daggett sat at a traffic light on Broadway near downtown Bangor, passenger cars idled in the lane next to him and his 100,000-pound tractor-trailer filled to capacity with pulpwood. “I should have blocked the other lane,” said Daggett, surveying the situation around him through his …