• CSX Acquisition of Pan Am Railways

  • 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.
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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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
newpylong wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 6:01 pm That "road" is now fully CSX Transportation, fully merged.
In two years they have already moved the entire 350 ish miles from Worcester to Mattawamkeag from being out of service and Class 1/2 to entirely Class 2 and 3 (plus the Class 4 Portland Sub).
That's great "upbeat" to learn, Mr. Newpy; that you hold Chessie is rebuilding a road from Timmy's smashed up Lionel into a transportation resource benefitting the entire region - and that she will continue to "chow down" on Fancy Feast :P
  by QB 52.32
 
In terms of serving the market for fresh vegetables and fruits via the Chelsea wholesaling market facilities, when looking from Google Earth you can see refrigerated intermodal domestic containers at the New England Produce Center as well at a nearby facility in addition to the refrigerated railcar spotted for direct transload into trailers. Between the newer higher-capacity refrigerated cars handling potatoes and increasing use of intermodal trailers and containers rail's share has steadily remained over the longer run including through the closure of the Boston Market Terminal.

Looks to me like that 2022 IRAP grant was specific to the Coke Works in Everett.

Hard not to be enthused and entertained by the transformation CSX is bringing to New England as a benefit of their transformation begun in 2017. It's of the same importance Conrail's formation brought the region with both about becoming more productive in response to bigger market challenges. Credit their ex-CEO Jim Foote for the surprising move with plenty of deal-making to get it done.

As we wait for NS to secure trackage rights, perhaps related to negotiating clearance work, on that short yet strategic CP-45 to Barbers line segment, anticipating what CSX might do and with the WML sped up and MA DOT adding track to the west, looking backwards to when the transfer to P&W was announced Conrail responded by publicly announcing that they were considering acquiring them. Not long after both announced that a trackage rights agreement had been reached with the P&W remaining independent.
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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Have we somewhere in this "Epic" addressed to what extent will there be restrictions over the passenger train agencies' funded FRA Class 4 B&M routes?

Could these restrictions include, weight, speed, frequency, and commuter rush-hour "blackouts"?

While not likely of concern until Chessie attains the traffic level she seeks from the MEC, it could be a potential issue at some point in time. It could also become an issue if the passenger train community sees their vision of "four a day over the B&A" come to pass.
  by bostontrainguy
 
Just posted on NERAIL a new signal box recently installed on the Lower Road near Augusta Maine. Does anyone know what's up with this? The line is pretty much dead and not even connected to the other side.

Lower railroad in Augusta, Maine. To the right you can see the new Signal box with antenna. From here the rail dead ends near the old Papermill just before the Railroad Bridge that crossing the Kennebec River

Photographed by Bernard B COLE II, June 14, 2024.
Added to the photo archive by Bernard Cole II, June 14, 2024.
Railroad: CSX.


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  by bostontrainguy
 
Did a little searching. I'm pretty sure this is the location in the photo (Lipman Road):

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Google Earth shows no existing customers past this signal box.
  by jamoldover
 
That's the still-active East Augusta IT. I believe the steel company there (Cives Steel?) is an active customer. The the feed plant (Phoenix?) just north of there almost certainly is - aerial photos from last year show four covered hoppers on the feed plant siding. I believe they get served a couple of times/week.
  by F74265A
 
Wasn’t it reported that scrap operation was moving from another location to the Augusta area?
  by bostontrainguy
 
Is that entire line unsignaled?
  by S1f3432
 
I am thinking that these towers are repeaters for radio communications. They have been installed at other locations including one at Allied Road in Auburn ( just east of the IP box plant ) and at the ( RR )east end of the yard at Rileys.
  by bostontrainguy
 
You must be right. Even if CSX was reopening the line south of here, signals would be the last thing installed.
  by jaymac
 
newpylong wrote:Repeater.
OK--CSX has established that it can install a repeater. How much longer before there are more repeaters to cover the dead spots that had been covered by staffed towers? D-1's still having troubles in and around Burncoat, to cite just 1 dead spot.
  by newpylong
 
No idea.

As you all know the B&M and MEC relied on very few radio towers (on mountains on the B&M at least ), sometimes very long distances from the property. When they were installed however many years ago there were still telephone boxes at every interlocking and many other locations, so they weren't as critical to operations if they went down. Modern railroads installs repeaters in enough density so that there is some overlap and redundancy.
  by RandallW
 
An easy, inexpensive, and documented attack (intentional or not) against railroads is simply to jam radio signals and the source of jamming can be difficult to track down (especially if intermittent and not constantly being surveilled against).

I once had an opportunity to talk to a commander of a military unit that tracked jamming attempts and learned that most of the time jamming attempts they dealt with were from other friendly units boosting the signal on misaligned antennas in attempts to compensate for the misalignment.
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