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.
23.November, Hopedale MA — Grafton & Upton Railroad Company filed a Petition for Declaratory Order with the STB, 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. GU’s Petition asserts that Hopedale’s Massachusetts […]
MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL RAIL ACCESS PROGRAM GENERATES RECORD $7 MILLION FREIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT, DESPITE PANDEMIC-REDUCED STATE CONTRIBUTION.
As with every state in the Year of the Coronavirus, Massachusetts’ coffers are drastically lower than anticipated at the beginning of 2020. In line with all Massachusetts government agencies confronted by the state’s pandemic budget deficit, the 2020 IRAP VIII program reduced its grant budget by 11% compared to 2019. But thanks in part to […]
CSX INTEREST IN PAS B&M ROUTE IMPLICITLY PUTS CSX B&A LINE ON THE BLOCK; ONLY ONE BUYER IS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE.
A long-sought East-West passenger solution may be another dramatic discovery fallen out of Norfolk Southern’s recent filing with the STB, which divulges CSX’s advanced interest in partnering with NS on the B&M/Patriot Corridor line. Numerous advocates have publicly urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to impose itself in the Pan-Am sale, as an opportunity to secure […]
With the expected fall surge in Covid cases, VTRANS has now gone on the record in saying that the Vermonter and Ethan Allen trains will not likely be returning to the state in 2020. A winter return had been hoped for by riders and advocates, however a surge in Covid cases is prompting further delays […]
Norfolk Southern this week reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. During the quarter, the company achieved net income of $569 million, diluted earnings per share of $2.22, and an operating ratio of 66.5%. These results include a previously announced $99 million non-cash impairment charge. Excluding the effects of the impairment charge, […]
Limestone, ME – 22.October – On 16.October, thirty-nine 89-foot flat cars departing the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, loaded with 76 refurbished M109 mobile howitzers, also known as Paladins. The move started with Maine Northern handling the howitzers (mistakenly called tanks by observers not in the know) from Loring to Oakfield, Maine, […]
BOARD GRANTS EXEMPTION FOR EASEMENT AND OPERATION ON 8.4-MILE LINE.
14. October, Washington DC – From the Board’s Decision: Grafton and Upton Railroad Company (G&U) [is permitted to] acquire by easement and operate approximately 8.4 miles of rail line (known as the Milford Secondary) between milepost QVG 0.0 and milepost QVG 8.4 in Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin, Mass. … which is owned by CSX Transportation, […]
REFLECTING LEASE AGREEMENT WITH CSX, GRAFTON & UPTON FILES EXEMPTION TO OPERATE ALONG 8.4-MILE MILFORD SECONDARY, RECENTLY RECONNECTED TO G&U's HOPEDALE TRACK AFTER DECADES APART.
28.September, Grafton MA – The Milford Secondary begins at the Franklin Line in Franklin MA, running 8.35 miles through Bellingham and Hopedale, before terminating at Central St. in Milford. The connection to G&U is at MP 8.0. G&U now connects CSX’s two primary New England rail assets, the main line between Albany (Selkirk Yard) and Boston […]
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected 50 projects in 29 states to receive competitive grant funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program. The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and […]
MBTA Awards Second Major Contract for SCR Phase One Build. $562.5 Million will Connect Fall River and New Bedford Commuters via Middleboro to Boston South Station by Late 2023.
24 August, Boston MA – Phase One of the SCR project will reconstruct existing freight rail lines connecting to the operating MBTA Middleboro Line. The Middleboro Secondary, New Bedford Main, and Fall River Secondary lines will be upgraded for passenger service with new track, as well as new stations and platforms, commuter parking, train layover, signal […]