PAR: THE OTHER SHOE DROPS

NS ALERTS STB THAT PROPOSED CSX/PAR VOTING TRUST ACQUISITION INSTRUMENT MAY VIOLATE 2008 PAS (NS/PAR) AGREEMENT AND MERITS BOARD SCRUTINY.

PAR: THE OTHER SHOE DROPS

RELATED POST: Will CSX’s MA Mainline Become East-West Passenger Corridor? 06.November – Attorneys for Norfolk Southern Railways filed a letter with the Surface Transportation Board, arguing that a CSX acquisition of the PAS Patriot Corridor would fundamentally alter the region’s competitive dynamic, that the Board should involve itself from the very beginning of a transaction. […]

Higher Speeds From New Bridges Thanks to Federal $

Funds for major Norwalk River and Connecticut River projects on Metro-North and Amtrak

Higher Speeds From New Bridges Thanks to Federal $

27, October-Washington DC–Two major bridge replacements in Connecticut will get USDOT ‘State of Good Repair’ grants, announced Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, replacing the Norwalk (“walk”) bridge on Metro-North and the Connecticut River bridge on Amtrak between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme.  Both movable bridges are long-time priorities, prone to malfunction and their replacement will mean […]

PAR Sale: Halfway there?

STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN INDICATE PAR SALE ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TRACK THAN EVERYONE EXPECTED. CSX, NS, AND CONRAIL SENIOR EXECUTIVES COMB EAST DEERFIELD AND MECHANICVILLE YARDS.

PAR Sale: Halfway there?

15.October, East Deerfield MA – After weeks running back and forth along the PAR Main Line beneath peaking New England foliage, leaving only a churning wake of fluttering fallen leaves and head-scratching speculation, the post-PAR world is taking some shape. After disposing of countless rumors and gathering the few plausible truths, a surprising but sensible prospect has emerged to resolve the […]

NECR: Phelps-Dodge Norwich CT Plant To Close

Copper Rod Plant to Close, Taking 117 Manufacturing Jobs and ~2000 Carloads Out of the Connecticut Economy.

NECR: Phelps-Dodge Norwich CT Plant To Close

18 June, Norwich CT – Norwich, CT-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper Products, commonly also referred to by its former ownership, Phelps Dodge, will close its Wawecus Street plant. According to the required notice filed with the CT Department of Labor. The reason for the plant’s closing is a “dramatic downturn in business and economic uncertainty brought on by the […]

CTDOT: New Commuter Car Procurement Underway

New Cars will Meet Expanding Demand with Improved Experience, Strategic Concept, State Funds. Siemens Favored for Supply.

CTDOT: New Commuter Car Procurement Underway

12 June, Hartford CT – Interview with CDOT’s Richard Jankovich, Assistant Rail Administrator, by R&P Associate Editor Christopher Parker Stamford CT R&P: How Is The Hartford Line doing? RJ: Ridership on the Hartford line (separate from the Vermonter) went from 465,000 for 2018 to 730,000 in 2019 – an incredible increase. We’re very proud of it. […]

P&W: New Haven Safety-Kleen Site To Be Built Around Rail

Expansive Safety-Kleen Site Upgrade to Install Rail as Primary Mode for Shipping Out Waste Oil for Refining.

P&W: New Haven Safety-Kleen Site To Be Built Around Rail

22 October, New Haven CT – Safety-Kleen (a subsidiary of Clean Harbors, Inc) will completely rebuild and expand its current New Haven waste oil collection and transfer site to handle much higher volumes. The facility currently depends on trucks and barges to ship 3.3 million gallons of used motor oil annually to the company’s re-refineries. The […]

GWI/Brookfield: Limbo Or Purgatory?

Brookfield/GWI Exemption Still Uncertain as BIP’s Belated “CFIUS Update” Filings Reveal that Foreign Investment Review has Only Just Begun. STB Keeps the Reins as 09/15 “Deadline” Passes Without a Decision.

GWI/Brookfield: Limbo Or Purgatory?

27 September, Darien CT – The Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. continues to hang on STB approval of the exemption claimed in BIP’s 09.July Verified Notice of Exemption (“VNE”), and which the Board delayed in a 22.July Decision to allow for public comment. The submission deadline for comments and replies officially […]

SNE: Titanic Of The Rails?

Southern New England Railroad Enters the World with a Great-Looking ALCO, a Clever Niche, an Eager Attitude, and an Ominous Historical Allusion.

07 August, Plainfield CT –  The newly-minted Southern New England Railroad borrows liberally from the ill-starred, pre-World War I Southern New England Railway , a Grand Trunk project to compete with the New Haven Railroad between Palmer MA and Providence. Everybody seemed to think it was a good idea, except J. Pierpont Morgan, the New Haven’s benefactor, and one […]