The government of Canada and the province of New Brunswick on May 25 announced multi-million investments to boost shipping capacity in St. John and McAdam.
Central Maine and Quebec Railway
Midcoast Railservice, Inc., a new subsidiary of New York-based Finger Lakes Railway, will assume the lease and operations of a 58.68-mile branch line in Maine from Central Maine & Quebec Railway US,
Intermodal’s growth path may help railroads sustain COVID-19 recovery. “Participants from Class I railroads were positive on current trends and cautiously optimistic that these trends can continue for the remainder of 2020 and beyond,” Cowen and Co. analysts Jason Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Adam Kramer reported, following their attendance and participation at the North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Fall 2020 Virtual Conference. “Continued tightness in trucking is benefiting intermodal.”
Few will forget that horrific day, July 6, 2013, when a crewless, runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic crude oil train with five locomotives and 75 loaded DOT-111 tank cars carrying volatile Bakken crude rolled into Lac-Mégantic, Quebec and derailed. The resulting fireballs and explosions (contrary to popular belief, the derailed cars did not explode; their contents ignited after the tanks had been breached) killed 47 people, and a large section of the downtown area was destroyed. The tragedy’s aftermath, as well as accidents involving other CBR trains in the U.S. and Canada, led to a long regulatory process resulting in the stronger DOT 117 tank car as well as several changes to CBR operating regulations.
Canadian Pacific (CP) has reached an agreement with Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (FTII) to acquire the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CM&Q).
New England has a major new facility for the cleaning, repair, and fleet management of tank cars.
The Central Maine & Québec Railway has named Chad Mowery as Vice President Operations, a promotion that was effective Jan. 1, and J. Wesley Logan as General Manager Operations, effective Jan. 15.
On Friday, July 29, Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQ) took delivery of its first of eight rebuilt Electro-Motive Division (EMD) GP38-3 locomotive, #3812, in the company’s new corporate paint scheme.
Regional of the Year: Central Maine & Quebec Railway; Short Line of the Year: New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the morning general session during the ASLRRA Connections Convention, Railway Age will present its 2016 Short Line and Regional Railroads of the Year awards to the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway, respectively.