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

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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

Postby newpylong » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:18 pm

690 wrote: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.


Well, yes and this is the only way bringing outside contractors in flies with the unions is if everyone has been called back to work and they have shown they still do not have enough men or equipment for the job(s).
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:18 am

Pan Am wins a bit of funding from Commonwealth of MA for various maintenance/expansion projects:

http://wwlp.com/2017/10/05/holyoke-and-ware-receive-over-1m-to-expand-industrial-rail-and-freight-access/

Relevant excerpts:

PanAm Southern Ayer Freight Hub Congestion Relief – Ayer: $500,000
This project will increase the capacity of the yard leading to additional rail volumes, and will improve service to the customers across the Pan Am system that are served by the 89,000 railcars that move through the yard each year. The project will also increase reliability and volume of rail shipments.

PanAm/CIP Saratoga Boulevard LLC Rail Connection to Warehouse – Devens: $431,760
This project will create a rail connection for a new 262,000 square foot paper-handling warehouse operation, as well as an adjoining warehouse space at Devens. The project is expected to increase rail shipments and facilitate the creation of new jobs and additional rail cars annually. 50 warehouse jobs will be created.

Pioneer Valley Railroad Knowledge Corridor Service Interchange – Holyoke: $495,000
This project will result in increased rail traffic and reduce associated truck traffic by improving the connectivity between two rail systems (Pan Am Railways and Pioneer Valley Railroad), therefore offering more efficient and improved service to their rail shippers. The project will also provide safety improvements and an increased volume of railcars.

PanAm/Springfield Terminal Railways Turnout Tracks – Lowell: $405,870
This project will rehabilitate two turnout tracks on the freight main line in Lowell, thereby decreasing train congestion, improving capacity for freight and passenger operations, and decreasing idling on the main line near residential neighborhoods.

PanAm Railways Yard Tracks 2-4 – Lawrence: $494,610
This project will provide environmental benefits due to deceased idling and reduce community impacts from rail operations. The project will also provide increased reliability of freight rail shipments and improve the Yard’s state of good repair.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby BM6569 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:33 am

I was wondering when they would do some rehab to Lawrence yard. Wait until the state's dime comes? lol . Most of the yard tracks are fairly bad, right?

And is there already a connection to PVRR or is that one OOS?
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby 690 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:10 am

newpylong wrote:
690 wrote: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.


Well, yes and this is the only way bringing outside contractors in flies with the unions is if everyone has been called back to work and they have shown they still do not have enough men or equipment for the job(s).


It's hardly like they're the only railroad to use outside contractors because they don't have enough personal or equipment, otherwise here wouldn't be a niche for companies like Maine Track Work.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:58 am

No one said they were the only railroad - I was providing additional information that outside contractors are not used on Pan Am unless internal section and construction crews are not available due to Union agreements.

NS has been used several times on Pan Am Southern.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:00 pm

BM6569 wrote:I was wondering when they would do some rehab to Lawrence yard. Wait until the state's dime comes? lol . Most of the yard tracks are fairly bad, right?

And is there already a connection to PVRR or is that one OOS?


OOS PVRR-PAS for a number of years now - after only being back in service for a short period. Bridge with structural issues is owned by PVRR.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:47 pm

Re-establishing PVRR-PAS/NS interchange could be a boon for PVRR customers that are currently captive to the whims of CSX operations.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby MECFAN » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:34 pm

My buddy was walking his dog on the rail trail at Rockingham at 17:15 tonight and was just getting back to his car when a Pan Am highrail truck followed by 10 pieces of the Irving tie gang and a second hirail truck showed up and stopped at the signal at 256. One of the guys got off to stretch and told my buddy they had traveled close to 100 miles today and he didn't have any idea where he was. They were still sitting at the signal when he left.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:44 pm

That was like the NS crews that came up to do the Pan Am Southern rebuild back in '09. They were all from the Virginia area if I remember correctly. They certainly were pilgrims in a strange land. They would give the Mechanicville local crews a bunch of cool swag for keeping an eye on their personal vehicles while they were out doing their 1 week job, or whatever it was.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby MECFAN » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:52 pm

Where are these guys heading and are they doing more than one project.

Also are these two turnout tracks in Lowell buried in the weeds out of service that would add 2 tracks or are they currently being used and just trashed. From the Quote in the article it makes it sound like two new tracks activated.

[quotePanAm/Springfield Terminal Railways Turnout Tracks – Lowell: $405,870
This project will rehabilitate two turnout tracks on the freight main line in Lowell, thereby decreasing train congestion, improving capacity for freight and passenger operations, and decreasing idling on the main line near residential neighborhoods.][/quote]
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby BM6569 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:58 am

Can you imagine just doing a 100 mile trip on a tie inserter in one day!
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby newpylong » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:19 am

Further than most train crews go in 12 hours lol.
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby gokeefe » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:07 am

MECFAN wrote:Also are these two turnout tracks in Lowell buried in the weeds out of service that would add 2 tracks or are they currently being used and just trashed. From the Quote in the article it makes it sound like two new tracks activated.


Same impression here but also likewise, "in the dark".
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:31 am

Here are a few photos of the colorful MoW Convoy from Maine passing an under-construction 287 at Wagon Wheel Ayer on Friday afternoon about 3pm. Convoy apparently waited 15 minutes at CPF-312 to get dispatcher permission down to CPF-WL. Convoy leader said they wanted to go into Hill Yard to turn equipment. I read elsewhere that convoy made it to CPF-346 so I guess its mission is tie work on D3 mainline? Seems like a pretty long trip for these open track cars and I'm guessing they'll take the reverse trip home in a few weeks when it should be much chillier!

I feel bad for the handful of people who live on Sandas Point Rd as 287 blocked the Wagon Wheel crossing for 15-20 minutes - maybe the consist was unusually long at 40-50 cars...
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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:22 pm

Here are a few more pictures of some of the 8 pieces of MoW gear that passed west through Ayer yesterday 10/6/17. One of the gizmos is clearly marked as New Brunswick Southern
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