Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Trains Return to Lac-Mégantic Today

More than five months after the rail disaster in Lac-Mégantic, a freight train will roll through town today. The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway is running a short six-car train loaded with prefabricated panels from Tafisa, a local manufacturer of particleboard and melamine panels. No dangerous goods will be on the train.

Meanwhile, a bidder has emerged for the bankrupt MMA. Railroad Acquisition Holdings, LLC, believed to be a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group. It is expected that more bidders will emerge before the deadline of January 17, 2014.


brux said...

I have not seen whether MMA or it's new buyer (Fortress) relaid the tracks through town or laid a new track around the town as was hoped.Or has new track been laid - is the shipment from Tafisa going to one end of the MMA route? Does anyone know?

Canadian Train Geek said...

Satellite imagery shows the track is in the same place. The line runs through downtown Lac-Mégantic with the wye tail going to the Tafisa mill. There appears to be no yard trackage any more.