PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 41; PAR 1 & 2)

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: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by MEC407 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:48 am

"Pan Am is creating a potential public relations nightmare with their public-be-damned attitude."

I understand the gentleman's anger; on the other hand, this is a company that has never given a damn about the public or about their public image. Why would they care now? They've pulled far worse stunts than this, and have done so for 35+ years, and there's never been any consequences.

I think it's good that members of the public are calling them out on this crap, but it won't make a difference. It's PAR for the course.
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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by gokeefe » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:05 pm

I think it's worth noting that the OCS would naturally be dispatched to pass the Downeaster given that it typically runs non-stop. This might look inconvenient to the passed train but it would certainly be helpful to the opposing passenger service which would hopefully have a "clean" meet with the other trains.
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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by PBMcGinnis » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:22 am

The other flaw in the logic of the complaint is the person is assuming the Amtrak train was on time from it's previous stop.

If it was already late out the gate, which does happen, there is no sense holding up the OCS since as mentioned earlier, it will be moving non-stop.

There is a formal agreement and incentives in place to keep the Downeasters on time. But if they are late getting started then that is not PAR problem.

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by Vakharn » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:58 pm

A short chase of the OCS from Graniteville to Ayer back in September.

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by backroadrails » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:48 pm

Pan Am has added former CSX car “Mississippi” to the ocs fleet. It will become ST103 and was in Mechanicville, NY last night.

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by johnpbarlow » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:09 am

Wonder why Pan Am thinks it needs a 4th OCS car?

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by newpylong » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:32 am

So each of the 4 people who ride it have their own car of course. :-D

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by Dick H » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:59 am

CSX Mississippi. Collection of G.R. Harper.
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2176813" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by jaymac » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:39 am

Well, it's already blue.
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Re: Business Train Discussion (ST 100, 101 & 102; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by p42thedowneaster » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:36 pm

That's really cool...
Glad to see its beginning to look a proper train. Interesting car too...1924 SOU sleeper, modernized and given new trucks. (Guess you dont need tri-axels when the rails are welded).
Are there any pictures of the interior? Would love to know if it's still set up with private compartments etc...

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Re: PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 103; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by Dick H » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:21 pm

Seems like the Mississippi will get a new name. Maybe Cumberland or Kennebec,
or Waterville or Portland. Other suggestions, please.

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Re: PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 103; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by GU1001 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:34 pm

johnpbarlow wrote:Wonder why Pan Am thinks it needs a 4th OCS car?
Gearing up for their new tourist operation of course :wink:

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Re: PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 103; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by p42thedowneaster » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:08 pm

I would vote to rename it Merrimack... be fun to ride it over the NH Mainline and along said river someday.

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Re: PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 103; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by johnpbarlow » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:48 am

From what I can see on the interweb, Mississippi is a sleeper (?). Do any of the other three Pan Am OCS cars have sleeping accommodations or will Mississippi be its first sleeper? If so, why would a regional RR need such a car?

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Re: PAR Business Train (ST 100, 101, 102 & 103; PAR 1 & 2)

Post by jaymac » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:28 am

Mebbe it's less a need and more a want. Others have bigger trains, so why not?
OTOH, when PAR/S is meeting in Mechanicville with the primus inter pares of the joint venture, the interweb shows not too many nearby options for overnighting, and mebbe the upper echelons may also feel a need for bunking apart where the T&E types might be.
Whether The Blue and Silver Streak might make to vacation lands under the new Amtrak policy is another issue.
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