NYC27 wrote: ↑Thu May 20, 2021 12:51 pmSure that would be great, but it isn't part of this deal.
Call it a side effect, but it's what is going to happen if G&W/B&E is running PAS.
G&W will own 100% of CSO and NS and CSX (for now) will own PAS. The twice weekly EDPL will continue to feed cars to Plainville. CSO is tied up in so many paper barriers they won't be able to merge with anyone anyway. The lines may look blurry from trackside but commercially they are separate and distinct carriers. P&W can interchange with whoever the want. CSO has to go through CSX alone. I think long term G&W will definitely buy out CSX and maybe NS. At that point they can merge P&W-NECR-B&E but unless CSO can get free of its paper barriers (as an imposed condition of CSX merging with another Class I or blanket STB action) it will remain separate.
That's really interesting. The original articles implied that B&E would own Pan-Am's share of PAS, I Googled it again, and now they're saying that CSX would keep ownership of Pan-Am's 50% stake. So does that mean B&E is purely a contracted operator, or will B&E own trackage rights over track owned by CSX/NS? This is like some weird version of CSAO.
CSOR interchanges with P&W, it's just a lousy (NEC) and circuitous route from CSOR to the national system compared to interchanging with CSX in Springfield, so the interchanges that they do now are P&W cars headed for the national system via a more direct route through CSOR. I've heard that in practice PAS runs separately down the Springfield Line to Berlin, but CSOR's map shows an interchange there.
It will be interesting to see how G&W decides to run these various railroads, even if they can't be merged on paper, they may well end up looking like a single railroad with some interesting lashups.