PAR Network Details

Summary of PAR Network Train Operations

Springfield Terminal (ST) currently operates the following trains on the PAR System. No other PAR subsidiaries operate on the PAR System.

Road Trains

  • NMWA/WANM – Waterville, ME and Northern Maine Jct.
  • POWA/WAPO – Rigby Yard, Portland, ME and Waterville
  • PORU/RUPO – Rigby Yard, Portland, ME and Rumford
  • POAY/AYPO – Rigby Yard, Portland, ME and Ayer, MA
  • POED – Rigby Yard, Portland, ME to PAS East Deerfield Yard, MA

Local Trains

  • MA: Lawrence, Boston
  • NH: Nashua, Portsmouth, Dover
  • ME: Portland, Danville, Rileys, Waterville, Shawmut, and Old Town.

Yard Trains

  • Portland ME  (Rigby Yard) to classify inbound and outbound rail traffic.

Additional traffic

ST also provides service to other customers on an as-needed basis. (The Application includes interesting details about the Merrimack Station service, but they are not vital to this distillation of the proposed Operating Plan. Follow this link to Merrimack Station narrative – Ed.)

ST provides as-needed service on an basis to … the Portsmouth US Naval Shipyard [via Kittery ME over] the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. The B&M Kittery Branch extends between the SMLB and the US Navy owned bridge over the Piscataqua River.

ST provides as-needed service to the Boston Sand & Gravel facility in Boston MA. This train originates in Ossipee NH on the New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (“NHN”). NHN supplies the locomotives, cars and fuel between Ossipee and Boston, MA. An NHN crew moves the train between Ossipee and the PAR interchange at Dover NH, for a PAR crew to drive to Boston.

Description of the PAR System Lines

The PAR System is a key conduit for rail freight originating and terminating in the … Northeast U.S., and serves as a destination point for trade flows into Portland, ME, Boston, MA, and smaller New England metropolitan areas.

Boston & Maine (B&M), a subsidiary of PAR, owns ~144.18 route miles of main line track:

  1. Massachusetts state line to Rigby, ME, a distance of ~74.82 route miles;
  2. Barbers Station, MA to Harvard, MA, a distance of ~22.87 route miles;
  3. Massachusetts state line to Concord, NH, a distance of ~39.42 route miles; and
  4. Bleachery, MA (a neighborhood of Waltham -Ed.) to Lowell Junction, MA, a distance of ~7.07 route miles.
  5. B&M owns perpetual freight easements over various segments of track owned by the MBTA in eastern Massachusetts, totaling 149.93 route miles.

B&M and ST have overhead trackage rights over Milford-Bennington Railroad Company, between approximately milepost N-16.36, in Wilton, NH, and approximately milepost 19.66, in Lyndeboro, NH. B&M also owns ~36.94 route miles of branch line track. Additionally, B&M leases ~26.64 route miles of main line track, which includes:

  1. CPF 312 to CPF NC, a distance of ~9.63 route miles, owned by PAR subsidiary Stony Brook;
  2. Bleachery, MA to CPF NC, a distance of ~3.84 route miles, owned by MBTA ;
  3. CPF NC to the Massachusetts state line, a distance of ~6.20 route miles, owned by MBTA; and
  4. Two segments in Concord, NH and White River Junction, VT, totaling a distance of ~6.97 route miles, owned by PAR subsidiary Northern.

Maine Central, a subsidiary of PAR, owns ~191.64 route miles of main line track, which includes:

  1. Portland Terminal limit to Waterville, ME, a distance of ~78.97 route miles;
  2. Waterville, ME to Bangor, ME, a distance of ~54.60 route miles; and
  3. Bangor, ME to Mattawamkeag, ME, a distance of ~58.06 route miles.
  4. Maine Central also owns ~155.26 route miles of branch line track.

Portland Terminal, a subsidiary of PAR, owns ~13.13 route miles of main line track, which includes:

  1. ~5.45 route miles between Yard 8 East and the Portland/Falmouth line;
  2. ~3.08 route miles between Yard 8 East and the So. Portland/Scarborough line; and
  3. ~4.59 route miles between Mountain Junction and the Woodyard Switch.
  4. Portland Terminal also owns ~6.82 route miles of branch line track.

Interchanges

The PAR Network includes 20 interchange locations:

Yards

The PAR Network includes six interchange locations:

PAR Interchange Yards
PAR Interchange Yards