04.June, Washington DC – Amtrak’s CEO Bill Flynn released a strongly-worded statement, reiterating the national passenger carrier’s objections to proposed transaction that will give CSX control of PAR properties and rights throughout New England. The statement is a reminder of the several serious concerns that Amtrak detailed in its 17.May STB filing, “Notice of Intent […]
03.June, Worcester MA – A prominent CSX spokesperson provided responses to five ANRP questions submitted last month, and one asked last week. This dialogue will continue as the Pan Am acquisition process progresses. ANRP has been working to understand and report on how today’s CSX would conduct itself as New England’s dominant carrier. Specifically, we […]
With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, author of "Casey at the Bat."
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Jaxville line that day; Applicants stood Oh-for-two with one last chance to play. When Minor hit ground in the yard, and Amended did the same, Applicants finally realized that, perhaps they held the blame. The Clippers were a last-place team atop a weak division, Aghast at their misery’s furtherance […]
30.April, Dover-Foxcroft ME – A strong lumber market is leading Pleasant River Lumber Co. to invest $25 million over the next three years in four Maine facilities. When completed, the projects will enhance PRL’s production capacity to ~400 million board feet through its five Maine mills. Rail has traditionally been a vital transportation component for […]
25.March, Dover-Foxcroft ME – The recent Major Transaction filed with the STB for Canadian Pacific Railway to acquire Kansas City Southern is sure to have far-reaching effects on shippers across the CP System, however one of the first to speak up is what could be construed as an unlikely supporter. Pleasant River Lumber Co. has […]
BUSTLING NON-WOOD TRAFFIC FORCES IRVING LINES TO ADD A BVJ-SJ TRAIN PAIR
14.February, Saint John NB – New Brunswick Southern Railway and affiliates EMR and MNR will implement additional service between Brownville Jct. ME (BVJ) and Saint John NB (SJ), to keep wood-product traffic fluid in response to growth in other cargoes. Beginning on 15.February, an additional train pair will serve the route for three days each week, […]
LONG UNDERSERVED, MANY RAIL OPPORTUNITIES EXIST IN MAINE'S FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
Maine forest product mills produce +/-90,000 truckloads of forest products each year, about 2/3 of which is paper and pulp, and the remainder processed wood (lumber, chips). Nearly all of that output is shipped out of the state. Truck is by far the dominant transportation mod for both finished export and internal movement of feedstocks and […]
WATCO BOWS OUT OF MAINE MILLS. FORMER CREWMAN TAKES OPPORTUNITY.
28.December, Rumford and Old Town ME – Rail switching operations at the Nine Dragons Paper Rumford Division Mill and Old Town pulp mill have been transferred to a new operator, following the June expiration of Watco’s one-year contract to serve the sites, and a transition period extended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new operator […]
Digester and one paper machine to be permanently shut as a result of April Explosion
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 […]
Log Jam for Largest Lumber Customer Pleasant River Lumber Company has been left with a literal log jam following a hasty move by Canadian Pacific Railway to remove from service and scrap nearly 200 ex-Bangor & Aroostook pulpwood/log cars. When CP took over the Central Maine & Quebec in June, the mechanical department inspected the […]