Quinn Intermodal Yard

Quinn Intermodal Yard is a transloading facility for shipping containers, located adjacent to the freight yard at Davis. It was built by the Cape Ann Rail System in response to increasing container traffic coming in from the port at Portland. The yard consists of an elevated office tower, a rail transload area, a truck staging yard, and a large area for general short-term storage. Most of the containers are from European shippers. Shipper Eimskip (of Iceland) recently signed Portland as its exclusive east coast US port, so Eimskip containers are being seen in increasing number.

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Rail transload area, yard office tower on right

Cape Ann Rail has a dedicated train transferring containers between here and the port. As there are no height restrictions on this line, containers are double-stacked in converted gondolas rather than well cars. Incoming containers are either set out at Davis Yard for rail interchange, or offloaded and staged for truck transport.

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Truck staging area

The railway also has been purchasing its own 20 and 40 foot containers for lease to local shippers.

Cape Ann 40' containers
Cape Ann containers departing double-stacked

Notes about the model: Shipping containers are all scratchbuilt in bulk from wood molding (instructions).

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