TRACK CREWS CONTINUE TO MAKE GAINS OVER THE LENGTH OF THE PATRIOT CORRIDOR.
09.February, North Adams MA – PAR track crews are working into Winter to raise sustained track speeds along the PAS Patriot Corridor. For the first time in years, the current timetable bulletin DOES NOT include the Hoosac Tunnel, authorizing trains to run through the storied bore at the 25 mph timetable maximum. Slow orders also […]
IS THE CSX-PAR SALE TRAIN BEING HELD OUT OF THE STATION?
ANRP has had our ear to the rail for twelve weeks since breaking the news that Pan Am would sell itself to CSX. Nobody expected the STB filing to be simple, what with so many moving parts and unavoidable challenges. But this train should have arrived by now, leaving us to wonder if it’s really […]
21.January, Jacksonville, FL – In a two-page letter to employees, Genesee & Wyoming North America President Michael Miller outlined a new organizational blueprint called ONEPlan. Miller’s letter emphasizes the need for G&W NA to “adapt to the new economic conditions as well as accept new health and safety realities. And at the same time, we […]
GRAFTON & UPTON RR STRETCHES OPERATIONS BETWEEN CSX B&A/MAIN AND FRANKLIN LINES, STARTING WITH TWO STRONG CUSTOMERS
27.January, Milford MA — Grafton & Upton Railroad will take control of the CSX Milford Secondary on Monday.01.February, with initial plans to operate two trains per week on the line, according to G&U President Michael Milanoski. The 8.35-mi line runs between Milford MA, where it connects with the G&U mainline, and Franklin MA, connecting with […]
EXPANDING RAILROAD AND INDUSTRY-WOUNDED TOWN FIND A MIDDLE PATH TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH
25.January, Hopedale MA — Grafton & Upton Railroad (as represented by associated entities) signed a Settlement Agreement with the Town of Hopedale to divide a ~130 acre property of undeveloped forest and wetlands recently acquired by the railroad. The Town Board of Selectmen voted to accept a mediation settlement that effectively splits the disputed property, […]
24.January, North Grafton MA – Grafton & Upton received PNLX GP40-2L 9619 and PNLX MP20GP 2107, to perform contracted upgrades. Owner Precision Locomotive Leasing and Sales LLC is having cab signal and ASCES PTC systems installed. Rail Vehicles Technical Services is managing the installation at the G&U locomotive shop. The installation and validation for both […]
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 […]