But the problem with Worcester route is double stacks, not racks. Was cleared for racks, but not stacks, over 30 years ago
Safetee wrote: ↑Sat Jun 04, 2022 2:15 pm And all of a sudden the prospect for modernizing the Hoosac Tunnel is looking betterer and betterer.I’m not sure it changes the prospects for the tunnel in a material way. Most likely it would be cheaper to address a couple of trouble spots north of Worcester than to enlarge a nearly 5 mile long tunnel
Springfield Terminal, also a Class II rail carrier, operates PAS as PAS’s agent. (Revised
Appl. 6.) Springfield Terminal currently operates NSR trains pursuant to a haulage agreement
between PAS and NSR. (Revised Appl., Ex. 13, Operating Plan 13); Norfolk S. Ry.—Joint
Control & Operation/Pooling Agreement—Pan Am S. LLC (NS/Pan Am/PAS), FD 35147 et al.,
slip op. at 18. (STB served March 10, 2009). NSR also has reserved trackage rights on the
Patriot Corridor between Mechanicville and Ayer, Mass., and rights to interchange certain traffic
with other connecting regional lines. (Revised Appl., Ex. 22-E, V.S. Reishus 45); NS/Pan
Am/PAS, FD 35147 et al., slip op. at 11, 14.
Safetee wrote: ↑Sat Jun 04, 2022 4:46 pm and lest we forget, with massdot in the wings virtually frothing at the thought of acquiring the line from wherever the t leaves off at Wachusetts?? to at least North Adams if not state line, I can see a three way stair way to heaven.Do they actually want to buy it? Most of MassDOT's attention seems to be on inland route and Albany - Boston service. There is a study on northern tier east-west passenger rail but I don't see anything moving on that unless/until they implement whatever it is they want to do on the B&A. Much more potential ridership on the southern route particularly if they connect it down to Connecticut. I can't see justifying more than one a day if any out to North Adams.