A bipartisan $900 billion COVID relief bill has been floated in the U.S. Senate which includes $1 billion for Amtrak and $15 billion for transit. The bill is far from a done deal, but does represent forward movement after many weeks of deadlock. The eight senators that are championing the compromise made clear that the […]
CALGARY – AB – 2 December 2020 – Today Canadian Pacific and Hapag-Lloyd AG announced they have extended their long-term rail service agreement to the end of 2025. Additionally, after successful calls to the Port of Saint John, N.B., this summer, Hapag-Lloyd will begin regular service via CP and this key Atlantic Canada port starting […]
RIGHT ON SCHEDULE: PROPOSED PAR OCS LEGO TRIBUTE NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO GET INTO THE LEGO KIT CATALOGUE
Shortbricks, a brotherly duo of LEGO kit designers, has developed a Lego tribute to the Pan Am Office Car Special. It’s quite something, with detailed engine bay and sumptuous interior. LEGO gauges consumer interest through a public plebiscite, conducted by registrants on the LEGO IDEAS website. If you would like the opportunity to gift the […]
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 […]
PAR: ANNOUNCES SALE AGREEMENT TO EMPLOYEES CSX: ANNOUNCES SALE TO PUBLIC AND CUSTOMERS NS: ISSUES CAUTIOUS STATEMENT IN PRESS
Pan Am Announcement to Employees 30.November, Billerica MA — In a letter to employees circulated Monday afternoon (but apparently written two weeks ago) Pan Am Railways President David A. Fink announced that PAR is to be sold to CSX, pending regulatory approval. CSX Announcement to Public and Customers 30.November, Jacksonville FL — CSX President/CEO Jim […]
CN subsidiary Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company (B&LE) and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) had originally held a drop dead date of 30 November 2020, for the closing of a deal on the Massena Line acquisition by CN from CSXT. The deal had been held in limbo by CN roughly since 5 June 2020, when […]
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.
23.November, Hopedale MA — Grafton & Upton Railroad Company filed a Petition for Declaratory Order with the STB, 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. GU’s Petition asserts that Hopedale’s Massachusetts […]
A key interchange point and an occasional operational challenge for the Vermont Rail System and the Pan Am Southern located at Hoosick Jct., NY, is undergoing a makeover that will allow more streamlined operations and increased efficiency in the swapping of cars. Pan Am Southern has taken on the Hoosick Junction Expansion Phase 2 project, building […]
MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL RAIL ACCESS PROGRAM GENERATES RECORD $7 MILLION FREIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT, DESPITE PANDEMIC-REDUCED STATE CONTRIBUTION.
As with every state in the Year of the Coronavirus, Massachusetts’ coffers are drastically lower than anticipated at the beginning of 2020. In line with all Massachusetts government agencies confronted by the state’s pandemic budget deficit, the 2020 IRAP VIII program reduced its grant budget by 11% compared to 2019. But thanks in part to […]
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.
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 […]