MC: New Bedford Parcel to Support Windfarms

Cannon Street Power Station will be developed to stage and support offshore wind energy projects

MC: New Bedford Parcel to Support Windfarms

14.July, New Bedford MA – The decommissioned Cannon Street Power Station will be developed to stage and support offshore wind energy projects, and possibly serve the New Bedford fishing fleet as an additional offloading site. The redevelopment plan is pending on the announced sale of nearly the entire site by Eversource Energy and Sprague Resources, […]

CSX: MA Rep. Neal Raps PAR Merger

Three of the region's highest traffic lines run through Rep. Neal's First Massachusetts District.

CSX: MA Rep. Neal Raps PAR Merger

09.July, Washington DC – U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts registered a strenuous complaint against the prospective CSX/PAR “merger.” In his letter to the STB, Neal casts numerous aspersions that CSX’s stewardship of the PAS lines running through his MA First District will degrade them beneath Pan Am’s standard. […]

CSX: The Goodness of Their Heart?

By incorporating Pan Am Systems, CSX is giving its PSR champions a juicy, low-hanging target to drive down O/R and still spare the rest of its already-there network.

CSX: The Goodness of Their Heart?

Identifying the Real Competition CSX’s prospective acquisition of PAR presents an improvement in practically every aspect of New England’s rail industry. Simply by virtue of being a Class I railroad, they will certainly improve the track, rolling stock, operation, and reliability along every mile of the PAR/PAS network. They will connect New England shippers/receivers to […]

B&E: Expert Assures Enhanced Competition

Competition will be enhanced by ensuring the independence and neutrality of PAS from CSXT as a means to reach New England rail shippers

B&E: Expert Assures Enhanced Competition

In his Amended and Supplemented Verified Statement, William F. Huneke, former STB Chief Economist and a recognized consulting authority on railroad economics, presents his determination that Berkshire & Eastern (subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming) will improve and enhance competition on the Pan Am Southern lines, as their dedicated contract operator. For Huneke’s discussion of four […]

VRS: The Great Opportunity

VRS: The Great Opportunity

Vermont Rail Systems and the Vermont Transportation Agency have raised some of the most  serious objections to the proposed “merger” of PAR into CSX. Their primary concern is that, if G&W subsidiary Berkshire & Eastern is to be the operator of PAS, VRS will be “surrounded,” by G&W railroads at six of its seven gateways […]

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

Rail share of freight tons handled in New England is just over 3%, considerably below the national average of 8%.

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

(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 […]

PAR Sale: What’s New in CSX’s Third Application

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.

PAR Sale: What’s New in CSX’s Third Application

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, […]

MBTA: Long-awaited Worcester Line Improvements

The project is expected to take four years to design and five years to build at a cost of about $400 million.

MBTA: Long-awaited Worcester Line Improvements

21.June.2021, Boston MA – The MBTA awarded a contract for design and engineering planning of a ten-mile third track along the Worcester Line between Wellesley and Framingham. Earlier in the week (17.June), the MBTA and Newton MA mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced an agreement to proceed with design for major upgrades to the city’s decrepit Newtonville, […]

MADOT/HRRC: Gr. Barrington Upgrades

House Line get major upgrades

MADOT/HRRC: Gr. Barrington Upgrades

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 […]

FGLK: Sinks Steel Ties Into Geneva Yard

Steel ties have the potential to properly function for 50-plus years.

FGLK: Sinks Steel Ties Into Geneva Yard

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. […]