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Canadian Pacific Lines in Maine
The Canadian Pacific Lines in Maine were set up as a separate company to comply with ICC regulations and were considered a Class I railroad. In 1950, railroads with operating revenues over $1 million were classified as such. In 1950, the subsidiary’s total freight and passenger operating revenue was $5,076,464.00, down from $5,531,529.00 in 1949. The company operated 234 miles in the State of Maine. Its main route formed the CP line between Montreal, Quebec and St. John, New Brunswick. Part of the through route consisted of trackage rights over the Maine Central Railroad between Mattawamkeag and Vanceboro, Maine.
The Canadian Pacific Railway station in Greenville Junction, Maine was opened in 1889 for the International Railway of Maine. Passenger service ended in 1960s. This view looks southeast towards the trestle and former junction with the Bangor and Aroostook RR (line abandoned 1960s) at Moosehead Lake.
Two major components of the route were:
The International Railway of Maine was designed to connect the CP's lines in Canada with the European and North American railhead at Mattawamkeag. The route was purchased by CP subsidiary Atlantic and Northwest in 1886. The CP finished various uncompleted portions of the Montreal-St. John through route and 1889.
In addition to the Montreal-Saint John through route, the Canadian Pacific's lines in Maine also included a branch in the Aroostook River valley from Fort Fairfield, Maine to Presque Isle, Maine (27 miles) where they connected with CP subsidiary Aroostook Valley Railroad and competitor Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, as well as a branch that connected Debec, New Brunswick with Houlton, Maine (8 miles).
In 1950, the freight income of Canadian Pacific Lines in Maine was $4.3 million, with an additional $424,000 in passenger revenue. The operating ratio was 90.1 percent.
Canadian Pacific Lines in Maine Overview
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