NS CLAWS BACK PREVIOUS AUTO TRAFFIC AND MORE VIA DEDICATED TRAIN PAIR WITH DAILY ASPIRATIONS.
20.January, Ayer MA – Norfolk Southern has reportedly won new, large-volume auto transport contracts into Ayer, confirming hints dating back to August.2020. ANRP exclusive sources indicate that current CSX customers Honda, Hyundai, and Ford, among other manufacturers, will be riding NS rails to Mechanicville NY and Ayer MA ramps, and dropping Davisville RI traffic at […]
AGENCY SPREADS FUNDS FROM TWO GRANT PROGRAMS TO GENERATE $45 MILLION TOTAL RAIL INVESTMENT ACROSS 25 COUNTIES.
12.January, Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the State Transportation Commission’s approval of $31.3 million to support 25 rail freight improvement projects, under the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). The grant programs require a 30% awardee match, adding an additional $13.4 million of private funds, yielding […]
WITH PATRIOT CORRIDOR SPEEDS UP SUBSTANTIALLY, AND 'KEAG LINE DUE FOR MAJOR SPRING UPGRADE, CSX WILL BE ACQUIRING A SHIP-SHAPE MAIN LINE.
PAR track crews have been working right into the winter on opposite ends of the Freight Main Line (Mattawamkeag ME – Mechanicville NY). Two projects underway: 1. Restoring through service on the Pine Tree Corridor east end to CPF-01/Mattawamkeag, and 2. Increasing speeds on the 156-mi Patriot Corridor between CPF-312 (Ayer MA) and CPF-468 (Mechanicville). […]
RUMFORD MILL MOVES AWAY FROM PLUMMETING PRINT/WRITING GRADES TO PACKAGING, SUPPORTED BY NEW RECYCLED PULP LINE.
Jan.2021, Rumford ME – ND Paper has significantly upgraded its Rumford Division to further expand into packaging grades, and away from bleached printing and writing (P&W) grades. The upgrades are a response to the substantial long-trending changes in product demand, which have accelerated this year, and will likely put the mill in a position of […]
HIGH-PERFORMANCE TISSUE PLANT WILL CONTINUE 130-YEAR PAPER-MAKING LEGACY. NO WORD ON REVIVING RAIL SERVICE.
05.January, Gorham NH – Gorham Paper and Tissue was acquired by Behrens Investment Group. In addition to the $8.75 million cash purchase price, the new owner also assumed ~$9.8 million in loan debt and local tax liabilities. The facility will now be known as White Mountain Paper Company. GPT, under the ownership of Patriarch […]
THE VRS TEAM STEPPED UP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO KEEP THE REGION'S FREIGHT MOVING, SERVE CUSTOMERS, AND MAKE THE MOST OF ITS OWN OPPORTUNITIES.
“It’s been the most dynamic year in New England railroading in 30 years,” says VRS President Selden Houghton. Nobody who has been reading ANRP should have any problem agreeing with that sentiment, but VRS’s team of dedicated rail professionals knows it better than anyone else: VRS has been tied to most of the year’s tumultuous […]
WATCO BOWS OUT OF MAINE MILLS. FORMER CREWMAN TAKES OPPORTUNITY.
28.December, Rumford and Old Town ME – Rail switching operations at the Nine Dragons Paper Rumford Division Mill and Old Town pulp mill have been transferred to a new operator, following the June expiration of Watco’s one-year contract to serve the sites, and a transition period extended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new operator […]
TRAIL GROUP LOSES TWO-YEAR EFFORT TO OUST WINDSOR & HANTSPORT RAILWAY FROM ITS OWN TRACKS. RAILROAD'S PROSPECTS LOOKING UP.
23.December, Halifax NS – Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board has denied the complaint originally filed 03.Oct.2018 by the Uniacke Trails Association against the Windsor & Hantsport Railway, citing the UTA’s lack of standing before the UARB. The Conclusion of the 28-page decision document stated, “In the Board’s opinion, the UTA is simply not the proper […]
REBUILT TUNNEL WITHSTANDS HEAVY RAIN AND SNOWMELT, BUT WEST PORTAL EXTERNAL RETAINING WALL LETS GO. SERVICE RESTORED NEXT DAY.
26.December, North Adams MA – At 08:45 hours during a daily track inspection, the track outside of the west portal of the Hoosac Tunnel was discovered to be blocked by mud and fallen trees. The deposited material dammed-up natural water drainage from the tunnel, submersing the tracks some tens of yards into the tunnel’s west […]
HARBOR NAVIGATION IMPROVED WITH DEEPER CHANNELS, BETTER ANCHORAGE, LARGER TURNING BASIN FOR 14K TEU SHIPS
03.December, Boston MA – Phase II of the Boston Harbor Dredging Project was completed ahead of schedule by nearly one full year. Approximately 12 million cu.yds of material was removed to: Deepen and widen the Broad Sound North Channel to -51 ft Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), Deepen and widen the Main Ship Channel to the […]