NECR: VT Culvert Washout Days Before Amtrak Restart

2X normal precipitation fell in southern Vermont between 14.June and 13.July

NECR: VT Culvert Washout Days Before Amtrak Restart

13.July, Putney VT – At the end of a month in which double the average amount of precipitation fell in southern Vermont {Northeast Regional Climate Center}, a cast concrete culvert washed out, opening a ~40-ft wide gap beneath the NECR mainline, which remained intact above the gap. The culvert diverts water from the Mill Pond […]

CSX: The Goodness of Their Heart?

By incorporating Pan Am Systems, CSX is giving its PSR champions a juicy, low-hanging target to drive down O/R and still spare the rest of its already-there network.

CSX: The Goodness of Their Heart?

Identifying the Real Competition CSX’s prospective acquisition of PAR presents an improvement in practically every aspect of New England’s rail industry. Simply by virtue of being a Class I railroad, they will certainly improve the track, rolling stock, operation, and reliability along every mile of the PAR/PAS network. They will connect New England shippers/receivers to […]

B&E: Expert Assures Enhanced Competition

Competition will be enhanced by ensuring the independence and neutrality of PAS from CSXT as a means to reach New England rail shippers

B&E: Expert Assures Enhanced Competition

In his Amended and Supplemented Verified Statement, William F. Huneke, former STB Chief Economist and a recognized consulting authority on railroad economics, presents his determination that Berkshire & Eastern (subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming) will improve and enhance competition on the Pan Am Southern lines, as their dedicated contract operator. For Huneke’s discussion of four […]

VRS: The Great Opportunity

VRS: The Great Opportunity

Vermont Rail Systems and the Vermont Transportation Agency have raised some of the most  serious objections to the proposed “merger” of PAR into CSX. Their primary concern is that, if G&W subsidiary Berkshire & Eastern is to be the operator of PAS, VRS will be “surrounded,” by G&W railroads at six of its seven gateways […]

PAR Sale: Revised Proposed Schedule

PAR Sale: Revised Proposed Schedule

01.July.2021, Washington DC — The introduction to the Amended and Supplemented Application includes a proposed schedule of proceedings for the  Board’s determination of the CSX/PAR “merger,” assuming that this Application is accepted. PROPOSED SCHEDULE “Under the foregoing proposed schedule, this proceeding would take slightly less overall time than the schedule that was proposed by the Board […]

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

Rail share of freight tons handled in New England is just over 3%, considerably below the national average of 8%.

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

(Among the many new sections in the Amended and Supplemented Application is a detailed review of PAR-line marketing prospects by recently-appointed CSX EVP Mark Wallace, presented as a Verified Statement. This article intends to gather the key excerpts from the Verified Statement. – Ed.) CSXT’s Executive Vice President Mark Wallace’s marketing plan touches upon CSXT’s […]

PAR Sale: What’s New in CSX’s Third Application

CSX's 01.July Amended and Supplemented Application to acquire Pan Am Systems is ~330% bigger than the original 25.February "Minor" version, and more than twice as long as the 26.April "Significant" version.

PAR Sale: What’s New in CSX’s Third Application

02.July.2021, Washington DC — CSX’s Amended and Supplemented Application to acquire Pan Am Systems (the holding company of the various Pan Am Railways assets) is ~330% bigger than   the original 25.February “Minor” version, and more than twice as long as the 26.April “Significant” version that were rejected by the STB (Decisions 2, 3). So, […]

MBTA: Long-awaited Worcester Line Improvements

The project is expected to take four years to design and five years to build at a cost of about $400 million.

MBTA: Long-awaited Worcester Line Improvements

21.June.2021, Boston MA – The MBTA awarded a contract for design and engineering planning of a ten-mile third track along the Worcester Line between Wellesley and Framingham. Earlier in the week (17.June), the MBTA and Newton MA mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced an agreement to proceed with design for major upgrades to the city’s decrepit Newtonville, […]

MADOT/HRRC: Gr. Barrington Upgrades

House Line get major upgrades

MADOT/HRRC: Gr. Barrington Upgrades

30.May.2021, Great Barrington MA – In a single day during the Memorial Day weekend, one of several Railworks crews in action along the Housatonic Line through Great Barrington MA replaced a little known bridge across from 151 Front St. The crews removed the bridge’s superstructure, made modifications to the abutments, and set the new superstructure […]