Noel Weaver wrote:Although Pan AM has the trackage rights to operate between Springfield and Cedar Hill, the use of these rights between Berlin and Cedar Hill is probably not going to happen.
Additionally, unless at some point the Guilford organization renegotiated the original 1982 agreement between the B&M and Conrail, the only traffic "Pan Am Southern" could handle into Cedar Hill would be intermodal. Conrail retained all general freight rights on the Springfield Line, including rights to all on-line shippers, and of course later transferred them to Connecticut Southern. The B&M did operate a piggyback train out of Cedar Hill for a year or two in the early 80s but it ended shortly after the Guilford takeover. I'm guessing that CSX would not find it in their interests to allow further competition at this point.
Under the 1982 agreement the B&M was also allowed to run general freight traffic to connect with its Connecticut branchlines (which still continues in greatly reduced fashion today) and with the Long Island Rail Road (which would have been handled by Conrail under haulage rights from Cedar Hill, but it never materialized).