WATCO BOWS OUT OF MAINE MILLS. FORMER CREWMAN TAKES OPPORTUNITY.
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 […]
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 […]
10.December, Port Cartier QC – ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada celebrated the 60th anniversary of its railway linking the Mont-Wright mine to its facilities in Port-Cartier. The railway’s inauguration 1960 represented an essential access route for the development of Northern Québec. Today, it remains essential to the economic vitality of Québec’s North Shore region. Sixty years after […]
CN, NECR TEAM UP FOR NEW AUTO ROUTE TO DAVISVILLE RI. SINGLE-CAR TEST FOLLOWED NEXT DAY BY BLOCK OF SUV LOADS.
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 […]
Digester and one paper machine to be permanently shut as a result of April Explosion
Pixelle Paper’s Androscoggin mill in Jay which was rocked by an April explosion in the pulp digester announced that it would not resume pulping operations and would leave idle one of three paper machines at the mill. Layoff notices went to 67 employees, the third round of layoffs in a plant now with only 281 […]
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 […]
Winners Port of Saint John/ J.D. Irving/Irving Limited PSJ gets a third Class 1 to compete for traffic to the Midwest and Northeast, likely to include crude oil for Irving in the future. However, CN appears uninterested in container traffic from Halifax to the northeast, considering it as short-haul. Canadian National Railways CSX and CN […]
MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL RAIL ACCESS PROGRAM GENERATES RECORD $7 MILLION FREIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT, DESPITE PANDEMIC-REDUCED STATE CONTRIBUTION.
As with every state in the Year of the Coronavirus, Massachusetts’ coffers are drastically lower than anticipated at the beginning of 2020. In line with all Massachusetts government agencies confronted by the state’s pandemic budget deficit, the 2020 IRAP VIII program reduced its grant budget by 11% compared to 2019. But thanks in part to […]
VERSATILE RAILROADING MASKS REGIONAL WEAKNESS DUE TO DISTANCE FROM PRODUCTION, LIMITED TRANSPORTATION, SEASONAL SWINGS.
Energy security is an annual challenge in the northeast. In particular, New England relies heavily on LPG (propane) for residential and commercial heat. Uniquely among the propane market regions, New England possesses no propane production or propane pipeline connection to other regions. One hundred percent of New England’s propane supply is imported by rail and […]