Merrimack Station service details

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Excerpted from the Operating Plan submitted in the CSX Amended and Supplemented Application for Control and Merger of PAR Systems:

“The [PAR]Boston & Maine rail line that serves the Merrimack Station extends from the Massachusetts state line to Concord, NH, a distance of approximately 39.42 route miles. (In Decision No. 3 at 14, the Board noted that “this train service is not included among the list of PAS or PAR trains” and that traffic volume for these shipments may be missing from Applicants’ density charts. The PAR System 2019 density chart is intended to depict all regular and as-needed service, including the 398 loads delivered to the Merrimack station that year. The PAR System trains listed above are only those operated on a regular basis, between origin/destination pairs that are part of the PAR System service plan. As-needed service, such as service to/from the Merrimack Station, will not necessarily be included in this list.)

“Merrimack Station has two coal-fired steam units, which serve as seasonal and peak demand resources. The plant has traditionally received coal from the Monongahela region, which is open to both CSXT and NSR. The plant is also set up to handle scrubber limestone, which has been sourced from the water via the Waterson terminal on the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (“P&W”) in South Providence, RI.

The Springfield Terminal service to Merrimack Station generally only runs on the coldest days of winter and on the hottest days of summer. [The table] below provides a summary of traffic since 2015.

Year Carloads
2015 5018 loads (197 stone)
2016 1691 loads (65 stone)
2017 0 loads (0 stone)
2018 0 loads (59 stone)
2019 398 loads
2020 870 loads
2021 0 loads

The 2020 traffic all originated from CSXT from the Monongahela Valley. There was no coal traffic from October 2016 to November 2019, and there has been no traffic in 2021. No traffic is planned at this time. Following the transaction,

CSXT will continue to serve the facility on an as-needed basis. In the future, Applicants expect to see a small amount of volume during peak periods but, due to the “as-needed” business nature of this service, Applicants are unable to forecast future tonnage.