Seacoast Line is a new short line which interchanges with the Cape Ann. It was started by a group of investors after a state bond issue was passed to upgrade a state-owned rail corridor running about 120 miles up the coast from Pamola; in order to revitalize rail service to the area. The $50M bond issue allowed the corridor to be rebuilt with all new continuous welded rail and bringing the line up to modern specifications.
Seacoast Line BL-2 #957 rolls north with empties.
Seacoast Line's business is to originate freight from coastal seafood processors. The investors teamed up with Cape Ann's purchasing dept. to acquire a suitable locomotive and rolling stock. Cape Ann was also in the market for a good deal on a road switcher, so they bid on a pair of servicable BL-2's which were up for auction. For rolling stock, they acquired a quantity of older 40-foot refrigerated potato boxcars which had been stored for years on the Bangor & Aroostook.
The two BL-2's were then rebuilt in Cape Ann's shops to become Seacoast Line 957 and Cape Ann 402. Refrigeration units were replaced with new ones. The locos and cars were painted in Cape Ann's shops, with the same paint scheme for simplicity, but with different colors.
The daily run of the Seacoast Line brings seafood south each evening, to interchange to Cape Ann overnight. This allows fresh seafood to reach the Boston market each morning, in less than 24 hours after being pulled from the Atlantic.
Seacoast Line is also discussing starting passenger service on the line for the summer tourist months.
Notes about the model: The AHM BL-2 has the stock 5-pole vertical shaft motor. Weight and directional constant-intensity LED lighting has been added. Loco and cars have been repainted with Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint - Brilliant (darker) Blue and Wildflower (lighter) Blue. Decals are modified from Seaboard Coast Line.
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