Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:34 am

Spent most of Friday 9/29/17 8AM - 3PM looking for Pan Am road freight activity between Ayer and Gardner and saw only 23K depart Ayer at around 3pm with about 9,000 feet of single stacked train. But it is apparent that Pan Am Southern maintenance work is in progress:
- There were 3 company tie gons on the House track at Gardner with a goodly pile on the ground that a PAR boom track picked up at noon to take somewhere on D3
- At mp340, new ties had recently been installed on the horseshoe curve at Ashburnham with the replaced ties resting alongside the RoW
- At Fitchburg, turnout rail and tie replacements were underway on Pan Am's sidings on both sides of the MBTA mainline

Meanwhile, on PAR, welded rail dropped a month or two ago still lies on both sides of the track east of CPF-312.

So progress is slowly being made - a good thing. Apologies for the quality of these iPhone captures.
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Ashburnham tie work looking west 092917.JPG
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby neman2 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:41 am

johnpbarlow wrote:Meanwhile, on PAR, welded rail dropped a month or two ago still lies on both sides of the track east of CPF-312.

So progress is slowly being made - a good thing.


They are running out of time to get it done before winter. Does Pan Am have enough track workers to do this work? If done properly, rail installation, tie replacement, surfacing, and crossing replacement, it would seem to be a lot of work. Unless they are just going to replace the rail which I would think is rather shortsighted.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby gokeefe » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:40 am

If the current temperature trends hold they might be working all the way into January.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:49 pm

Let's hope not.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby KSmitty » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:55 pm

This is why they have Irving doing tie work in D1, and supposedly moving west towards D3 soon. Simply not enough ST men and equipment.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby gokeefe » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:22 pm

I was wondering about the reference to Irving earlier and thought it meant EMR. So ... Irving is doing tie work on PAR?
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby KSmitty » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:01 pm

Irving tie equipment is currently at 147, along with a small army of men.

I'd heard they were to stop at Leeds, but it looks like they may be proceeding eastward.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby gokeefe » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:13 pm

So they've been working between Royal Junction and Leeds?? Interesting ...
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:24 pm

Why is that interesting? Isn't that where the most tonnage is?
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby gokeefe » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:43 pm

I didn't realize that they were so far south. I figured given that it was Irving they were working somewhere between Bangor and Mattawamkeag.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:07 pm

Well, they aren't doing it for free, I assume they will go wherever Pan Am wants, for a price.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby 690 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:22 pm

NBM posted earlier in the year looking for applicants in the Portland area. I wouldn't say it's too much of an leap to assume that given Maine Track Works success in doing contract work, NBM may also be looking into it as well (not to mention this is the second years they've used them, and will use them again next year).
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:45 pm

Exactly. You go where the work is...and in Maine that's Greater Portland. There'll always be enough track work down there to keep some full-timers employed, and if PAR is too lackadaisical to employ them in-house it's obviously going to default to the next most easily-available outsource contractor. It takes a burst of TIGER grants like the current CMQR and Irving jobs to convene a large track gang anywhere in the north, and then when the job is done most of them are let go or returned to the regions they were borrowed from because the traffic levels and >1 month shorter ground-thaw season up there just don't require as much always-on MOW staff availability to cover the basics.

Irving's just exploiting a business niche...even if the only reason that niche exists is PAR's unwillingness to staff up its own MOW. Work's still gotta get done all the same in D2, PORU-land, and NNEPRA'ville.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby 690 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:19 pm

Pan Am is doing plenty of the work themselves, it's just with all the projects going on they simply don't have the manpower and equipment for everything they're trying to do before winter.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby pnolette » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:21 pm

As of today PAR has tamped from Royal to Danville Jct.New ballast was dropped in spots.Also started clearing for the new siding in Falmouth.
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