CP/CMQ Transaction: Analysis

Thoughts on CP+CMQ

CP/CMQ Transaction: Analysis

This was always the plan: FTAI bought CMQ with a plan to fix it up and make a nice return. Apparently it has. No surprise. Good on them. That CP is the one to win the bidding war is also not a surprise. The logic of a CP connection was there since the 1800s. The […]

ANALYSIS: Is MBTA Electrification Worth It?

MBTA FMCB Launches Electrification of Providence, Stoughton, and Fairmont Lines. Connection to NEC Seen as Improving Potential for Project's Success.

04 November, Boston MA – The MBTA Fiscal Management & Control Board unanimously voted November 4th to support commuter rail electrification, beginning with Providence, Stoughton and Fairmont that connect to the already electrified northeast corridor as well as to Lynn. Sticker shock has begun. “Why are we spending so much money?” grumble observers, egged on, predictably, by […]

PAR: Ups And Downs On The Mattawamkeag Line

The Revitalization 0f the Maine Economy has a lot to do with the Extensive Upgrades to the State's Freight Rail Network. The Mattawamkeag Branch at PAR's Northern Tip is an Anomaly.

PAR: Ups And Downs On The Mattawamkeag Line

Pan-Am’s Mattawamkeag branch, running northeast along the Penobscot River from Bangor 60 miles to Mattawamkeag has been largely dormant since April 2019, though it remains in service for occasional moves. PAR local service continues to operate as far as Old Town, where ND Paper recently purchased and revitalized the historic paper mill. Occasional trains operate […]

CSX: PSR Operational Changes Enumerated

There has been a lot of Discussion Lately about the Results and Effects of CSX's Implementation of Precision Scheduled Railroading. To Kick Off a Broad Analysis of that Operating Philosophy's Impact Upon Rail Activity in ANRP's Region, We Begin with a Basic Then-And-Now Review of CSX Train Operations.

CSX: PSR Operational Changes Enumerated

Precision Scheduled Railroading has generated promises, alarm, financial results, and angst – but what has it meant on the ground for customers? An examination of CSX regional train operation changes since PSR’s implementation indicates that road “manifest” and intermodal trains have been combined and lengthened, but local freights are running about the same. Syracuse NY […]