New Brunswick Southern to operate ex-Montreal, Maine & Atlantic routes

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ST. JOHN, N.B. — The state of Maine has assigned New Brunswick Southern subsidiary Eastern Maine Railway to operate the routes it recently acquired from Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, Maine Public Broadcasting has reported. Involved will be 233 miles of track stretching from Millinocket to Madawaska, plus branches to Houlton, Limestone, Fort Fairfield, and Presque Isle.

New Brunswick Southern operates the ex-Canadian Pacific main line from Brownville Junction, Maine, to Saint John, N.B. Its current route doesn’t directly connect with the new route it’ll be operating. New Brunswick Southern’s owner is J.D. Irving Ltd., a Canadian company with holdings in the chemical, paper, and stone businesses.

MM&A had applied to abandon the lines, and the state purchased them to prevent abandonment. MM&A has been operating the lines while the state searched for an operator.
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