CP Looks to Secure Second Steamship Line at Saint John in 2021

CP Looks to Secure Second Steamship Line at Saint John in 2021

Following on Hapag-Lloyd’s announced 2021 container service shift to Saint John, CP CEO Keith Creel hinted that a second weekly steamship line will be calling on the Port of Saint John by the end of 2021. CP is aggressively marketing container business while it serves less than half the number of ports that competitor CN […]

MassDOT’s Patriot Corridor Clearance Project

MADOT UNVEILS "PATRIOT CORRIDOR DOUBLE-STACK CLEARANCE PROJECT" TO TACKLE 23 HEIGHT OBSTRUCTIONS ON PAS, TO QUALIFY ROUTE AS A LAND BRIDGE.

MassDOT’s Patriot Corridor Clearance Project

Patriot Corridor Survey In 2012, USDOT allocated $16.9 million for 12 projects nationwide designed to relocate, replace or improve segments of track. The funds were distributed through the FRA Rail Line Relocation and Improvement grant program. Of those funds, MADOT received $2 million for the Patriot Corridor double-stack clearance initiative, to  conduct a 360º laser clearance […]

FRA Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

BATORY ISSUES MODERNIZED BRAKING REQUIREMENTS RULE TO IMPROVE SAFETY, REDUCE IDLING, HARMONIZE WITH CANADA, SIMPLIFY WORK RULES.

FRA Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

11.December, Washington DC – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule extending the time freight rail equipment can be left off-air (parked with its air brake system depressurized), before a new brake inspection is required. The new rule codifies de facto current rules (implemented as waivers) for brake inspections, tests and equipment. It also clarifies […]

UPDATE: GU Asks for Abeyance on Hopedale Parcel Petition

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.

UPDATE: GU Asks for Abeyance on Hopedale Parcel Petition

04.December, Hopedale MA – Grafton & Upton Railroad Company filed a Motion to Hold Proceeding in Abeyance, regarding their 23.November Petition for Declaratory Order, 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: […]

MBRX/PAR: Trail-Alongside-Rail proposed for Hillsborough Branch

NASHUA NH PLANNING COMMISSION PROPOSES 16-MILE RAIL-AND-TRAIL PAIRING ALONG PAR HILLSBOROUGH LINE

MBRX/PAR: Trail-Alongside-Rail proposed for Hillsborough Branch

03.December, Nashua NH – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is proposing to construct a lengthy pedestrian trail alongside the Hillsborough Branch line. The line is owned by Pan Am Railways between MP 0.0 to MP 16.36. From that point westward to Bennington, the line is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Milford – Bennington […]

PHFX: 15k TEU “CHILE” is Latest Ultramax into Halifax

PHFX: 15k TEU “CHILE” is Latest Ultramax into Halifax

08.December, Halifax, NS – CMA CGM “CHILE,” rated at 15,072 TEU, made its first call at Port of Halifax’s expanded quay, following recent calls by her sisters “BRAZIL” (10.Sept) and “PANAMA” (21.Sept), establishing the port as a consistent North American call for the line’s weekly Columbus JAX service. Originating in Yantian, China and making five […]

VIA Rail Launches Maintenance Modernization Procurement Process for Montréal, Toronto

VIA Rail Launches Maintenance Modernization Procurement Process for Montréal, Toronto

VIA Rail Canada has announced that it has launched on 30 November, the second phase of its procurement process to modernize its maintenance centers in and Toronto in preparation for the arrival of its new Québec City-Windsor corridor fleet. Following the Request for qualifications, launched in January 2020, five companies have been selected to participate […]

Reductions at Jay Maine Paper Mill

Digester and one paper machine to be permanently shut as a result of April Explosion

Reductions at Jay Maine Paper Mill

Pixelle Paper’s Androscoggin mill in Jay which was rocked by an April explosion in the pulp digester announced that it would not resume pulping operations and would leave idle one of three paper machines at the mill. Layoff notices went to 67 employees, the third round of layoffs in a plant now with only 281 […]

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 […]