About Rails & Ports

Helping to move rail and port traffic through New England, the Maritimes, and eastern Quebec.

What is the Atlantic Northeast?

This term denotes the region of North America containing the six New England states, the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, as well as Quebec east of Montreal and south of the St. Lawrence River. The region has an economic and cultural unity shaped in part by its transportation. Almost entirely surrounded by water, it has just three land choke points at its western boundary through which it is connected to the North American continent: Montreal, Albany, and New York.

Newsletter and e-bulletin

Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports, nee Maine RailWatch (1994-1997) and later Atlantic RailWatch (1998-1999), covers the operating freight railroads and ports in the region, as well as their government environment. Coverage includes passenger rail and ships when relevant to freight operations. It appears twice a month in twelve pages, either by post or by e-mail.

Between issues, an e-bulletin is sent by e-mail to subscribers free of charge, containing breaking news.


Conceived as an adjunct to the newsletter, the Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports website contains back issues of the newsletter, maps (depicting rail customers, port facilities, and other details described in the newsletter), and a growing database about the shippers, ports, railroads, intermodal facilities, and governments of the region.

Occasional books and reports

The editor has published a comprehensive reference work, Atlantic Northeast Rail and Marine Transport Review 1999 (300pp). He anticipates publishing Atlantic Northeast Highway Salt Supply in 2002.


The news and information service is dedicated to the preservation and extension of the regional rail network. The editor believes that publishing news on railroads and ports spotlights needed action to preserve the rail network. The publication also imparts to the region a sense of an interdependent community, employing the network to move rail and port traffic. No railroad is an island, entire onto itself.