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by Cowford
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Twin State Railroad
Replies: 63
Views: 5883

Re: Twin State Railroad

"Serious" conversation regarding reactivation of the Mountain sub would imply that a railroad (and the Golden Eagle Railway doesn't count) was at least one of the parties involved in the conversation. I know of no such confirmed dialogues.
by Cowford
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1796444

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

In present day terms the station is producing on average about one full bus load of passengers (45-50 +/-) per train. The distribution is of course not so even. Negative. 10 trains * 360 days/yr * 45 to 50 average = 162,000 - 180,000 pax. I'm guessing that FY19 BRU numbers will come in similar to F...
by Cowford
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1796444

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Very good in Brunswick.
George, could you define "very good"? :P
by Cowford
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Norfolk Southern
Topic: NS Triple Crown Basically Done
Replies: 5
Views: 3751

Re: NS Triple Crown Basically Done

This reminds me of the old joke: Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded. Roadrailer has, unfortunately, failed in just about every market in which it has been introduced - here and abroad. And it's ALL about economics and efficiency. (Interoperability, train length restrictions and freight haul...
by Cowford
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: FRA Grant
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: FRA Grant

Hutchison is planning to build a container terminal in Quebec City. This does not bode well for Halifax, Saint John or Montreal, for that matter.

Time to reactivate the Quebec Central? :P
by Cowford
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1796444

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

George, when would you suggest these theoretical 6th starts begin their journeys from BRU and BON?
by Cowford
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1796444

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Why would NNEPRA charge less than the T?


I asked that question on here 1-2 years ago. Not only is the cost less, the transit time is substantially better as there is only one intermediate stop. NNEPRA should not be offering monthly passes there.
by Cowford
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1796444

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

The initial problem was MaineDOT pulling funding at the last minute under the previous administration after Amtrak and all other stakeholders had agreed to run the service. With respect George, this is not an accurate account. ME DOT was not the bad guy here; there was never any funding to pull. NN...
by Cowford
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Big boy etymology
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Big boy etymology

Silly topic perhaps, but the moniker "big boy" isn't a term original to UP's 4-8-8-4. For those that know the 1930 movie, Danger Lights, a heavy mike is referred to by the same name. Any documented earlier use of "big boy"?
by Cowford
Mon May 27, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: PANAMAX - Effect Upon US Roads
Replies: 29
Views: 8423

Re: PANAMAX - Effect Upon US Roads

Yo, I'm here! Not aware of any significant impact imposed by draft restrictions, and they postponed the latest due to recent rainfall. I imagine the increased number of "blank" (cancelled) sailings in the eastbound Transpac routes wouldn't help as that's a ploy to get capacity utilization per sailin...
by Cowford
Mon May 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Fun facts: MEC in 1963
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

Re: Fun facts: MEC in 1963

Careful what you are comparing. Ed, please note that as I stated, my comparison was to "today's norms", not relative to other roads of the era. (I had a lot of respect for the late E. Spencer Miller.) And MEC's average length of haul wasn't MEC's biggest post-war issue, it was traffic density - too...
by Cowford
Sun May 12, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: CMQ Profitability
Replies: 134
Views: 29458

Re: CMQ Profitability

FTAI reported Q1 2019 results 10 days ago. Not much to report. The biggest gain is salt - up nearly 400% YOY due to business gained (on the Newport sub, I believe I was told) in Q3 of last year. Less the salt, overall YOY volume was flat... and though flat, revenue per car grew significantly - a tra...
by Cowford
Sun May 12, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Fun facts: MEC in 1963
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

Re: Fun facts: MEC in 1963

No mention of firemen, but MEC averaged 1,774 employees in 1963. The average wage was $54,266 in 2019 dollars; pension/retirement was an additional $4,526... adjusted, this is close to today's average railroad wages, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By today's norms, MEC was anything but ef...
by Cowford
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)
Replies: 1947
Views: 386217

Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

What does the mill do with the HOKX Acid or Caustic Soda car? That would be caustic soda (sodium hydroxide). It's the main ingredient in "white liquor", which is used to dissolve the lignin (essentially, the glue that holds the wood fibers together) in the pulping process. PS Useless trivia: The HO...
by Cowford
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: CSX Transportation
Topic: Post EHH Changes for CSX
Replies: 127
Views: 24602

Re: Post EHH Changes for CSX

As I said... OK, you naysayers, put your money where your mouths are: If this is all smoke and mirrors, please advise about when will the supposed house of cards collapse.

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