newpylong wrote: ↑Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:16 pm
Some clarity on their plans are finally begining to come to light. It sounds like all of Pan Am will be called the New England Division with many Subdivisions (and Industrial tracks) like the rest of their system. The Headquarters will be Rigby and they intend to spend big $ there. Dispatchers stay in Iron Horse as discussed, moving across the road to the new joint dispatching center when that opens and the old B&M HQ is vacated and turned over to the MBTA. They will have no presence there at that point except the dispatchers and the freight business.
Based on how the various Conrail and other predecessor lines were renamed, I'm going to make a guess that it will look something like this:
- Freight Main Line (District 1) > Freight Main First Subdivision
- Freight Main Line (District 2) > Freight Main Second Subdivision
- Northern Main Line > Northern Main Subdivision
- Western Route Main Line > Western Main Subdivision
- Worcester Route Main Line > Worcester Main Subdivision
- Brunswick Branch > Brunswick Subdivision
- Bucksport Branch > Bucksport Subdivision
- Hillsboro Branch > Hillsboro Subdivision
- Hinkley Branch > Hinkley Subdivision
- Mountain Branch > Mountain Subdivision
- Portsmouth Branch > Portsmouth Subdivision
- Rumford Branch > Rumford Subdivision
It's possible that some of the current branches may get downgraded to Running Track status, but I don't think it's likely unless they plan on putting some of them under the control of a yardmaster instead of the dispatcher. CSX tends to use Subdivision for any line where movement is under dispatcher control, regardless of how busy it is.
Anything that's currently an Industrial Track will probably remain that way.