G&U: STB Grants Exemption to Operate on CSX Milford Secondary

BOARD GRANTS EXEMPTION FOR EASEMENT AND OPERATION ON 8.4-MILE LINE.

14. October, Washington DC – From the Board’s Decision:

Grafton and Upton Railroad Company (G&U) [is permitted to] acquire by easement and operate approximately 8.4 miles of rail line (known as the Milford Secondary) between milepost QVG 0.0 and milepost QVG 8.4 in Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin, Mass. … which is owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT).

G&U CSX Milford Secondary map
The Milford Secondary line retains only two current customers, despite numerous opportunities. G&U specializes in bringing lapsed customers back to rail, and developing new customers. Most “rail-ready” are:
(#1) Franklin Agway and (#2) Franklin Paint Company, both former rail customers still in business, and with rail sidings but not currently rail served.
(#8) Northeast Energy, a 387-mw gas-fired peaking power plant, and (#17) Milford Power, another 210-mw gas-fired peaking power plant rely on gas pipelines more frequently unable to meet area demand These plants are able to burn oil or LNG delivered to Northeast’s existing 34-car siding; Milford Power does not have a siding.
Two food service distribution warehouses are adjacent to the tracks (without sidings): (#5) Panera Bread’s dough facility, and (#14) National DCP, a food service warehouse that serves Dunkin Doughnuts and Hood dairy. (#13) Best Buy warehouse is also alongside the track.
Two major cement plants located wide of the tracks, along with the town DPW, and two workshop clusters (finished stone products and metal fabrication shops) might be able to support a local transload. {Openrailway Maps, annotated by ANRP}

The verified notice states that G&U will operate and exclusively provide all common carrier freight service to shippers served by the Line pursuant to … agreements with CSXT … for an initial term of ten years, subject to three five-year extensions [ ].

G&U certifies … that the proposed transaction does not involve a provision or agreement that may limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier.

The transaction may be consummated on or after October 28, 2020, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed).

{STB Document #50461}