CSX/PAR: Back to the Drawing Board or Full Steam Ahead?

CSX/PAR: Back to the Drawing Board or Full Steam Ahead?

25.March, Washington DC – The Surface Transportation Board’s decision that CSX acquisition of Pan-Am is a “Significant Transaction” is based on both anti-competitive concerns regarding Genesee & Wyoming as operator of Pan Am Southern, and also on concerns raised by the state of Massachusetts regarding the PAR-proper portion of the transaction (non-PAS lines). As part […]

CSX: The Empire Writes Back

CSX: The Empire Writes Back

18.March, Washington DC – CSX (“Applicants”) responded swiftly to the slew of objections filed with the STB last week by heavyweight stakeholders (see PAR SALE: Objections Pick Up Steam). APPLICANTS’ RESPONSE TO INITIAL COMMENTS {STB 301772.pdf} avoids the strident tone of some objectors’ criticisms. It does assuage the one near-universal complaint that the proposed schedule is […]

B&E/P&S/GWI: Orange is the New Blue

A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF HOW BERKSHIRE & EASTERN (GW) WILL SUPPLANT -- BUT NOT REPLACE -- PAN AM SOUTHERN

B&E/P&S/GWI: Orange is the New Blue

26.February, Washington DC – Many were surprised at the naming of Genesee & Wyoming’s Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC, (a Class III carrier doing business as Berkshire & Eastern Railroad) as the Pan Am Southern operator in the event of CSX’s acquisition of Pan Am Rail Systems. As described in CSX’s APPLICATION to the Board, […]

PAR Sale: The Sound of Silence

IS THE CSX-PAR SALE TRAIN BEING HELD OUT OF THE STATION?

PAR Sale: The Sound of Silence

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 […]

Commencement for Pan-Am

THE PAN-AM TEAM HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD OF. IT IS WORTH REFLECTING ON THE WAYS THAT SHIPPERS, WORKERS, AND REGIONAL COMMERCE HAVE BENEFITED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DAVID A FINK AND OTHER PAN AM MANAGERS IN THE PAST DECADE.

Commencement for Pan-Am

The early years of Guilford Transportation were contentious. The company sharply reduced maintenance and endured two bitter strikes as it reduced crew size and total employment. More than half the traffic vanished. Allegations of poor service and a series of rule violations tarnished the company’s reputation. It was with some surprise when I read 20 […]

Advice to CSX, Re: Pan-Am

Advice to CSX, Re: Pan-Am

So, CSX, you’ve just bought the largest regional railroad. Let’s take a look at what you have and what is unique about this region you’ve expanded into. Do you really need our advice? Maybe not – CSX is already the leading class 1 in regards to reliable service and customer connection. CSX already toured the […]

Pan Am Sale: Winners and Losers

Pan Am Sale: Winners and Losers

Winners Port of Saint John/ J.D. Irving/Irving Limited PSJ gets a third Class 1 to compete for traffic to the Midwest and Northeast, likely to include crude oil for Irving in the future. However, CN appears uninterested in container traffic from Halifax to the northeast, considering it as short-haul. Canadian National Railways CSX and CN […]

CSX/MADOT: Will B&A Shake Out of PAR to Become East-West Passenger Corridor?

CSX INTEREST IN PAS B&M ROUTE IMPLICITLY PUTS CSX B&A LINE ON THE BLOCK; ONLY ONE BUYER IS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE.

CSX/MADOT: Will B&A Shake Out of PAR to Become East-West Passenger Corridor?

A long-sought East-West passenger solution may be another dramatic discovery fallen out of Norfolk Southern’s recent filing with the STB, which divulges CSX’s advanced interest in partnering with NS on the B&M/Patriot Corridor line. Numerous advocates have publicly urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to impose itself in the Pan-Am sale, as an opportunity to secure […]