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. […]

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 […]

AMTK: Warns CSX Threatens Passenger Prospects

AMTK: Warns CSX Threatens Passenger Prospects

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 […]

CSX: We Ask, How’s It Going to Work?

CSX: We Ask, How’s It Going to Work?

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 […]

CSX: Chessie at the Bat

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, author of "Casey at the Bat."

CSX: Chessie 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 […]

CP: Lac–Mégantic By-Pass Completion Set for 2023

CP: Lac–Mégantic By-Pass Completion Set for 2023

11.May – LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC – Today, Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Soraya Martinez Ferrara, announced that the Government of Canada intends to complete the rail bypass project around downtown Lac–Mégantic in 2023. A press release indicates that a number of milestones have been […]

Be Honest about what ‘High-Speed-Rail’ Is (or isn’t)

I know you all likely think I’m nuts, but words matter.  Over-selling and calling “high-speed rail” something that is NOT “high-speed rail” is damaging to the cause of improving passenger rail, be it upgrading the existing Amtrak service or actually joining the rest of the modern world by building high speed rail. Selling either is […]

CP: Hapag Lloyd Adds Saint John to Weekly Service

CP: Hapag Lloyd Adds Saint John to Weekly Service

2.May – Saint John NB –  The agreement announced by Canadian Pacific and Hapag Lloyd in late 2020 is now firmly in place via a notice to customers made Wednesday, 28.April, about the startup of a weekly container service on rotation from the Mediterranean to Saint John, New Brunswick. Inbound cargo will utilize the geographic […]