Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

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: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Post by bubbytrains » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:09 pm

https://www.maine.gov/mdot/grants/crisi ... ummary.pdf

Here is the official summary of the Pan Am upgrade project. Make sure you click on the link to MDOT to get the full plan details.

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Post by johnpbarlow » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:23 am

Interesting to see that Pan Am is responsible for contributing $17.5M to fund this upgrade.

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Post by 690 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:02 pm

Of course, the government knows better than to just hand Pan Am a check with no stipulations.

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Post by gokeefe » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:43 pm

Thanks for posting the link to the project. I read through it. Very thorough reconstruction job. Very encouraging to see 115# CWR going in with powered switches. Leeds Junction rebuild is a major bright spot.
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Post by Cosakita18 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:10 pm

I assume most of the CWR is going between royal and Danville. Could this be paving the way for passenger service??

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Post by gokeefe » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:49 pm

Cosakita18 wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:10 pm
Could this be paving the way for passenger service??
No definitely not. I wondered the same myself and the real answer is simply that the project will greatly improve freight service.
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Post by 690 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:22 am

The majority of the rail out there is 115 already, with some 112 mixed in. Welded rail exists between Royal and 175 already, as well some other areas that had been laid by Guilford/Pan Am previously. Most of the places that aren't getting rail replacements are already welded, with the replaced areas being mostly stick rail.

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Post by artman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:15 am

Extensive article in today's Press Herald. Also includes map and Poland Spring info

Major upgrade of 75 miles of rail will serve Maine’s resurgent paper industry
A nearly $36 million railway upgrade is planned to improve performance of a critical line in Maine and serve the state’s resurgent pulp and paper industry.
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Alongside a reviving paper industry, Pan Am also is serving Poland Spring, which transfers bottled water from its plant in Kingfield through the railroad’s yard in Waterville and south to a Massachusetts warehouse. Pan Am expects its business with Poland Spring to grow 9 percent a year.

The water bottling company has been using Pan Am for about 3½ years, said Chris Haynes, Northeast Logistics Director for Poland Spring Co.

“Infrastructure improvements, particularly to safely increase track speeds and decrease time for shipments to reach their destination, will benefit not only Poland Spring but other companies as well,” Haynes said. “Through Pan Am Railways, we currently ship 100 loads per week and we’re approaching 20,000 total loads since 2016. We look forward to continuing this collaboration.”
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/07/10/ ... r-industry

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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Post by Hux » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:46 pm

The article is rather hilarious, or should I say the quotes from Pan Am. They make it sound as if their track conditions and subsequent speed issues magically appeared to hamstring them and threaten their customer service. If Pan Am is worried about losing business to trucks you'd think they would at least get track speed to half the speed of highway traffic.

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Post by pnolette » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:54 pm

Never see real intermodel service up here with 25mph speeds...
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Post by petahgriff8316 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:05 pm

Hux wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:46 pm
The article is rather hilarious, or should I say the quotes from Pan Am. They make it sound as if their track conditions and subsequent speed issues magically appeared to hamstring them and threaten their customer service. If Pan Am is worried about losing business to trucks you'd think they would at least get track speed to half the speed of highway traffic.
Thank you! My thoughts exactly.

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Post by gokeefe » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:00 pm

The thing to really notice in that article is 9% growth annually from Poland Spring. Notice as well that they give the current loads (100 per week). One might also consider that 9% is probably a long term average.
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Post by 690 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:32 am

Yeah, but 100 loads in a week isn’t very much. That’s 25 loads four days a week. They were moving more water on the dedicated WAAY trains twice a week than they are now.

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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Post by newpylong » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:08 pm

Hux wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:46 pm
The article is rather hilarious, or should I say the quotes from Pan Am. They make it sound as if their track conditions and subsequent speed issues magically appeared to hamstring them and threaten their customer service. If Pan Am is worried about losing business to trucks you'd think they would at least get track speed to half the speed of highway traffic.
You mean: "We haven't spent a dime on real maintenance since 1987 and now we have to pay the piper?"

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Re: Pan Am Railways (PAR) Maintenance of Way (MoW) Activity

Post by artman » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:51 pm

With new welded rail and crossings, why would the track speed be limited to 25? Wouldn't these changes bring it up to a much higher class?

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