Central Maine & Quebec acquires AC44CWs

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Central Maine & Quebec, Kevin Burkholder
BANGOR, Maine – The Central Maine & Quebec Railway is leasing two AC44CWs to move traffic between Maine and Montreal. The first of two locomotives from CIT Leasing, No. 1006, arrived on the property earlier this month and went into service last week. The second locomotive, No. 1002, is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

CEO Ryan Ratledge tells Trains News Wire that the locomotives will primarily be used on road trains between Brownville Junction and Montreal on the railroad’s former Canadian Pacific route. “We need the horsepower because business is continuing to grow,” he says.

The two locomotives are painted in a variation of CMQ’s gray, blue, and white scheme with lines inspired by the Bangor & Aroostook’s original passenger paint scheme.

Ratledge says the two AC44CWs will run with the railroad’s fleet of SD40Fs that it acquired from CP. The railroad has no plans on getting rid of the cowl units and Ratledge says they are serving the railroad well.
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