Freshly Repainted (or Scraped?) GRS "Heritage" Unit Spooks Par Rumor-Mongers.
11.August, Bernardston MA – After having received fresh blue Pan Am livery paint only a few years ago, MEC 507 surprised the rail observer community when it emerged from the Waterville paint shop on 29.July in classic Guilford gray. Since then it’s been roaming the PAR system. Bernardston MA
Port of Montreal Strike Provides Early Unit Train Test for CP’s New Atlantic Reach. Ten Thousand-Footer Runs St. Luc - St. John Without a Glitch.
08.August, St. John NB — Since announcing its acquisition of the former Central Maine & Quebec Railway in November.2019, and consummating the deal on 04.June, Canadian Pacific has been touting the CND$90 million it will spend over the next three years to upgrade the line. The stated objective was to run daily unit trains at 40 […]
CUPE Local 375 and Sympathizers Strike Container Terminals. Government Stays Out of it
07.August, Montreal QC — The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 375’s 1125 members launched an indefinite strike against the two Termont-operated container terminals at the port, starting on Monday, 10.August. The International Longshoremen Association joined the strike on 08. August. The unions say the action follows a breakdown in negotiations with the Association des […]
New Grain Terminal will Add Export Capacity for Bumper Canadian Grain Crops.
01.August, Quebec City QC – Port of Quebec’s Anse au Foulon sector will soon complete a $90 million grain transfer terminal to export Canadian grain. The Sollio Agriculture terminal is being built around an existing Sollio facility. New structures include four 15,000 metric tonne (te) silos, four 1000 te silos, covered conveyors, two grain handling and […]
Maine Downeaster Ridership Recovers Enough to Increase Train Count. Passengers Applaud Sanitary and Distance-Compliant Coaches; Crews Practicing New Protocols.
28.July, Boston MA – Amtrak’s Boston to Maine Downeaster service has resumed marketing programs to encourage ridership on the safe and social distance-compliant trains to Vacationland. Ridership has increased to approximately 200 passengers per day, doubling since the phased resumption of service in June. Service resumed on 15.June after a total shutdown initiates 13.April. Service reopened […]
Individual Rail Operating Units Boston & Maine (B&M), Springfield Terminal, (ST), Maine Central (MEC), Portland Terminal (PTM), and Half Of Pan Am Southern (PAS) are What’s For Sale; The “PAN AM” Name And Branded Entities are Not.
Pan Am Systems, evoking the once-glamorous international air carrier, replaced the Guilford Transportation Industries’ moniker in 2006. GTI acquired the Pan Am name out of bankruptcy in 1998, with the rest of the airline’s remaining, meagre assets. Headquartered in Portsmouth NH, PAST controls Pan Am Railways, (ex-Guilford Rail Systems), the railroad crosstie businesses, and other […]
No Response Yet from STB on CSX and CN Petitions to Reconsider Pro-Competition Decision #4.
15.July, Washington DC — The STB remains inscrutable regarding the principals’ 05.June Petitions seeking that the Board back down from its 04.April Decision #4 conditional approval. That Decision approves the sale IF the Class Is rewrite Sec. 5.14(b) of the PSA to maintain the prospect of future competition at the Syracuse area interchange. On 06.May CSX […]
Par Sale Takes Shape on "Where's Waldo?" OCS Run. BOD and Changing Cast of Rival Rail Execs Pull Out of XO; Empty Train Pulls into ED.
This report is based on live sightings by R&P staff, and reports from R&P exclusive sources. 14.July, Ayer MA – The Pan Am Office Car Special (OCS-14) departed Ayer at 0930 hrs headed west. Consist was MEC 1 (a/k/a “PAR 1”), MEC 2 (“PAR 2”), ST 103 (“Syd Culliford”), ST 102 (“Bluebird”), ST 101, ST […]
Governments of Canada and Quebec Announce Construction Dates for Mainline Northern Bypass, New Connection to Industrial Park.
05 July, Montreal QC – Construction on the 12.8-km railway bypass around the town of Lac-Mégantic QC will begin in 2021, and should be completed by the fall of 2022. Project cost is estimated at CDN$133 million. The Government of Canada will fund 60% of the construction costs, and the Government of Quebec will fund the […]