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 […]

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 […]

Commencement for Pan-Am

THE PAN-AM TEAM HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD OF. IT IS WORTH REFLECTING ON THE WAYS THAT SHIPPERS, WORKERS, AND REGIONAL COMMERCE HAVE BENEFITED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DAVID A FINK AND OTHER PAN AM MANAGERS IN THE PAST DECADE.

Commencement for Pan-Am

The early years of Guilford Transportation were contentious. The company sharply reduced maintenance and endured two bitter strikes as it reduced crew size and total employment. More than half the traffic vanished. Allegations of poor service and a series of rule violations tarnished the company’s reputation. It was with some surprise when I read 20 […]

Advice to CSX, Re: Pan-Am

Advice to CSX, Re: Pan-Am

So, CSX, you’ve just bought the largest regional railroad. Let’s take a look at what you have and what is unique about this region you’ve expanded into. Do you really need our advice? Maybe not – CSX is already the leading class 1 in regards to reliable service and customer connection. CSX already toured the […]

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

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 […]

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