VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

THE VRS TEAM STEPPED UP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO KEEP THE REGION'S FREIGHT MOVING, SERVE CUSTOMERS, AND MAKE THE MOST OF ITS OWN OPPORTUNITIES.

VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

“It’s been the most dynamic year in New England railroading in 30 years,” says VRS President Selden Houghton. Nobody who has been reading ANRP should have any problem agreeing with that sentiment, but VRS’s team of dedicated rail professionals knows it better than anyone else: VRS has been tied to most of the year’s tumultuous […]

PAR: New Switching Company Serves Rumford and Old Town

WATCO BOWS OUT OF MAINE MILLS. FORMER CREWMAN TAKES OPPORTUNITY.

PAR: New Switching Company Serves Rumford and Old Town

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 […]

CSOR: New Home Depot Distribution Center in Connecticut

FIRST CAR ARRIVES 28.DECEMBER

CSOR: New Home Depot Distribution Center in Connecticut

A second home depot distribution center in South Windsor Connecticut on the “Armory Branch” has been under construction for some months and two spur tracks constructed, one inside the building.  The first car (a single boxcar) was brought Monday December 28th by Connecticut Southern Railroad. The $50-million, 421,000-square-foot, 46 acre facility is the second in […]

PAS: Hoosac Tunnel Bends (but doesn’t break) Following Wet Christmas

REBUILT TUNNEL WITHSTANDS HEAVY RAIN AND SNOWMELT, BUT WEST PORTAL EXTERNAL RETAINING WALL LETS GO. SERVICE RESTORED NEXT DAY.

PAS: Hoosac Tunnel Bends (but doesn’t break) Following Wet Christmas

26.December, North Adams MA – At 08:45 hours during a daily track inspection, the track outside of the west portal of the Hoosac Tunnel was discovered to be blocked by mud and fallen trees. The deposited material dammed-up natural water drainage from the tunnel, submersing the tracks some tens of yards into the tunnel’s west […]

PAR Sale: MA Western Delegation Letter Lists Concerns

FOURTEEN STATE LEGISLATORS LIST REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SEC'Y POLLACK TO INSERT INTO PROSPECTIVE SALE

PAR Sale: MA Western Delegation Letter Lists Concerns

December 16, 2020 Stephanie Pollack Secretary of Transportation Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 Boston, MA 02116   Dear Secretary Pollack: RE: Pam Am Railways Inc Acquisition by CSX Corp. On November 30, 2020, CSX Corp. (CSX) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pan Am Railways, Inc. (Pan […]

PAS: Clash of the Titans

NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS PUT A LOT INTO PAN AM SOUTHERN, AND EVERYONE ELSE HAS BENEFITED. PAR SALE WILL QUALIFY AS CHANGE OF CONTROL, AND PUT NS IN THE PATRIOT CORRIDOR DRIVER'S SEAT.

PAS: Clash of the Titans

Pan Am Southern (PAS) is often lumped in as part of, or the same as, Pan Am Railways (PAR); the two are commonly interchanged in conversation. In fact, PAS is an independent, incorporated railroad entity, that owns and operates several hundred miles of former PAR property, transferred to PAS in 2008. In consideration for that […]

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

Final Work Expected Finished In a Year

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

09.December, Montpelier VT – Vermont Agency of Transportation Rail & Aviation Director Dan Delabruere updated the Vermont Rail Council on the extension of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen route to Burlington. The project remains on schedule and the train is expected to begin early in 2022. “We had some CoVid delays, contractor issues, but not that bad. […]

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

09.December, Montpelier VT – At a meeting with the Vermont Rail Council, Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn emphasized the state’s commitment to Amtrak service, despite the current CoVid suspension. Flynn reflected on the seriousness of the virus and the rapidity of its spread as justification for the suspension and as an indication that the train […]

MBTA Approves Short-Term Service Cuts

PREVIOUS PLANS ADJUSTED BASED ON PUBLIC INPUT AND PERSISTENT LOW RIDERSHIP. CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT FOR FY2021 ONLY. FY2022 PROSPECTS WILL BE EVALUATED THIS COMING SPRING.

MBTA Approves Short-Term Service Cuts

14.December, Boston MA {MBTA Press Release, lightly edited} – Today the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) approved a series of revised short-term service changes for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) that incorporate recent public input and additional analysis of ridership. These service changes help match service levels with current and near-term low ridership demand […]

Davisville-bound Autos Shift from NS to CN/G&W Routing

CN, NECR TEAM UP FOR NEW AUTO ROUTE TO DAVISVILLE RI. SINGLE-CAR TEST FOLLOWED NEXT DAY BY BLOCK OF SUV LOADS.

Davisville-bound Autos Shift from NS to CN/G&W Routing

14.December, East Alburgh VT – A block of Davisville RI-bound auto racks has arrived in St. Albans VT from Woodhaven MI via CN. Per yesterday’s single-car test move, NECR will bring the block south to P&W at Willimantic CT. 13.December, East Alburgh VT – A solo, loaded autorack crossed the Canada – U.S. border at […]

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