Federal Board Approves Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s Request to Abandon Tracks 

A federal board has approved the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s request to abandon 233 miles of rail in northern Maine, paving the way for the state to buy the line and find a new rail operator.For more than a century, the railroad has carried products in and out of northern Maine. But that nearly came to an end last year, when the rail company asked to abandon its line from Madawaska to Millinocket, claiming it was losing millions of dollars.The state ultimately agreed to pay more than $20 million in cash for the rail hauls lumber, paper products, logs and wood chips.