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: Seeing the Fundamental Issue

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.

PAR Sale: Seeing the Fundamental Issue

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 […]

CSX: Pan Am Sale Filing Being ‘Perfected’ Before Presentation to STB

CSX: Pan Am Sale Filing Being ‘Perfected’ Before Presentation to STB

26.April, Washington DC – The Surface Transportation Board invited public comments on the proposed procedural schedule for the sale of Pan Am Railways/Pan Am Southern. In the STB Decision No. 1 on the original filing for the sale, served and published on 25.March, the Board accepted the February 25 submission as a prefiling notification, thus […]

SLWX: Ocean Salt Flows North by Rail

UPSTART ROAD SALT DISTRIBUTOR USES RAIL TO PUSH OCEAN SALT INTO NORTHERN STATES 

SLWX: Ocean Salt Flows North by Rail

20.January, East Providence RI — A short string of covered hoppers headed out behind the P&W, loaded with salt drayed from Fall River MA, and bound for Shelburne VT — and on the way changing everything that’s known about sourcing road salt in New England. Upstart salt distributor Saltine Warrior has carved a new rail-based […]

CP: VRS, G&W Join Shippers and Railroads to Support KCS Merger

CP: VRS, G&W Join Shippers and Railroads to Support KCS Merger

31.March – Calgary AB and Kansas City MO – Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern   today announced they have received statements from nearly 260 shippers, other railroads, economic development authorities, ports, and other supporters for their planned combination that would create the first rail network connecting the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Many of […]

PAS: New ANRP Pan Am Southern Reference Maps

PAS: New ANRP Pan Am Southern Reference Maps

New comprehensive maps of PAS Following a suggestion from an ANRP subscriber, we will provide access to these comprehensive maps in each article concerning the Pan Am Southern trackage. Maps and captions are derived from STB filings. Additional reference PAR East End (‘Keag-Ayer) comprehensive map CSX-PAR Transaction comprehensive STB proceedings Get your glasses, or click […]

CSX/PAR: Back to the Drawing Board or Full Steam Ahead?

CSX/PAR: Back to the Drawing Board or Full Steam Ahead?

25.March, Washington DC – The Surface Transportation Board’s decision that CSX acquisition of Pan-Am is a “Significant Transaction” is based on both anti-competitive concerns regarding Genesee & Wyoming as operator of Pan Am Southern, and also on concerns raised by the state of Massachusetts regarding the PAR-proper portion of the transaction (non-PAS lines). As part […]

CSX: “Significant” Delays Filing Until 25.April

CSX: “Significant” Delays Filing Until 25.April

24.March, Washington, DC – With the STB set to release the official Decision on Thursday, 25.March, a review of prior rail transactions that were upgraded from a Minor to a Significant Transaction by the Board have set a precedent that, if followed, would send the Applicants back to the drawing board to file the Acquisition […]

PAS: Alternative Operator Steps Forward

PAS: Alternative Operator Steps Forward

(MAPS TO COME – Ed.) 22.March, Washington DC – M4 Capital Group, which “[specializes] in the rail asset and infrastructure financing and investment” {LinkedIn}, has filed an “ALTERNATIVE PURCHASE AND OPERATION PLAN” to acquire the Conn River Line, and operate it as the Connecticut River Railroad. M4’s filing seizes upon the many expressed concerns about the potential […]