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 […]
FOURTEEN STATE LEGISLATORS LIST REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SEC'Y POLLACK TO INSERT INTO PROSPECTIVE SALE
December 16, 2020 Stephanie Pollack Secretary of Transportation Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 Boston, MA 02116 Dear Secretary Pollack: RE: Pam Am Railways Inc Acquisition by CSX Corp. On November 30, 2020, CSX Corp. (CSX) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pan Am Railways, Inc. (Pan […]
NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS PUT A LOT INTO PAN AM SOUTHERN, AND EVERYONE ELSE HAS BENEFITED. PAR SALE WILL QUALIFY AS CHANGE OF CONTROL, AND PUT NS IN THE PATRIOT CORRIDOR DRIVER'S SEAT.
Pan Am Southern (PAS) is often lumped in as part of, or the same as, Pan Am Railways (PAR); the two are commonly interchanged in conversation. In fact, PAS is an independent, incorporated railroad entity, that owns and operates several hundred miles of former PAR property, transferred to PAS in 2008. In consideration for that […]
MADOT UNVEILS "PATRIOT CORRIDOR DOUBLE-STACK CLEARANCE PROJECT" TO TACKLE 23 HEIGHT OBSTRUCTIONS ON PAS, TO QUALIFY ROUTE AS A LAND BRIDGE.
Patriot Corridor Survey In 2012, USDOT allocated $16.9 million for 12 projects nationwide designed to relocate, replace or improve segments of track. The funds were distributed through the FRA Rail Line Relocation and Improvement grant program. Of those funds, MADOT received $2 million for the Patriot Corridor double-stack clearance initiative, to conduct a 360º laser clearance […]
CITING ITS OWN PRECEDENT ESTABLISHED BY THE 2014 GRAFTON CROSS-COURT BACKHAND GRAB, GRAFTON & UPTON RAILROAD TRIES TO PUT AWAY TOWN OF HOPEDALE IN STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN 155-ACRE FUTURE YARD PARCEL.
04.December, Hopedale MA – Grafton & Upton Railroad Company filed a Motion to Hold Proceeding in Abeyance, regarding their 23.November Petition for Declaratory Order, seeking to preempt the Town of Hopedale MA from invoking state and local statutory impediments to G&U’s (prospective) acquisition and use of a Hopedale property, to which the railroad holds title: […]
NASHUA NH PLANNING COMMISSION PROPOSES 16-MILE RAIL-AND-TRAIL PAIRING ALONG PAR HILLSBOROUGH LINE
03.December, Nashua NH – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is proposing to construct a lengthy pedestrian trail alongside the Hillsborough Branch line. The line is owned by Pan Am Railways between MP 0.0 to MP 16.36. From that point westward to Bennington, the line is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Milford – Bennington […]