Rail share of freight tons handled in New England is just over 3%, considerably below the national average of 8%.
(Among the many new sections in the Amended and Supplemented Application is a detailed review of PAR-line marketing prospects by recently-appointed CSX EVP Mark Wallace, presented as a Verified Statement. This article intends to gather the key excerpts from the Verified Statement. – Ed.) CSXT’s Executive Vice President Mark Wallace’s marketing plan touches upon CSXT’s […]
CSX's 01.July Amended and Supplemented Application to acquire Pan Am Systems is ~330% bigger than the original 25.February "Minor" version, and more than twice as long as the 26.April "Significant" version.
02.July.2021, Washington DC — CSX’s Amended and Supplemented Application to acquire Pan Am Systems (the holding company of the various Pan Am Railways assets) is ~330% bigger than the original 25.February “Minor” version, and more than twice as long as the 26.April “Significant” version that were rejected by the STB (Decisions 2, 3). So, […]
30.May.2021, Great Barrington MA – In a single day during the Memorial Day weekend, one of several Railworks crews in action along the Housatonic Line through Great Barrington MA replaced a little known bridge across from 151 Front St. The crews removed the bridge’s superstructure, made modifications to the abutments, and set the new superstructure […]
Steel ties have the potential to properly function for 50-plus years.
26.June.2021, Geneva NY – Finger Lakes Railway is upgrading most of the wood ties at Geneva Yard to steel. Installation of ~700 steel ties and eight all-steel switches is nearly complete. Steel ties have been used successfully by other railroads throughout the United States. The decision to use steel ties was based upon long-term economics. […]
Giving New England's Class III railroads a stake in the revitalized rail network is not incompatible with CSX's strategic objective to complete a northeast land bridge between Port of Saint John NB and the interior.
On 25.May, the STB gave CSX a second Incomplete grade for its Application to acquire Pan Am Railways, forcing CSX to attend summer school and develop a third iteration of the Application to merge with Pan Am Railways. Will it yield the charm this proposed transaction desperately needs? The Board’s explanation of the ruling provides […]
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 […]
16.May – Halifax NS and New York NY – History will be made this week as the largest ship to ever call on North America’s east coast makes its debut calls at seven major ports in eleven days. Setting the Record Straight The CMA CGM vessel, Marco Polo, is a 16,022-TEU container ship that is […]
Dredging Permit gets objection from ousted tenant at New London
Ousted New London salt distributor, DRVN, is not giving up quietly. After operating at the port since 2014, DRVN had its 3.5 acre lease canceled in February to make way for a conversion at the port to wind turbine business for offshore wind projects. According to formal objections to dredging permits filed May 3rd by […]