bostontrainguy wrote: ↑Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:02 am
...Okay, dear STB . . . how about we equally share PAR? Bingo says the STB.....It's pretty exciting if it actually comes to fruition.
There we are; presuming the present PAS becomes Topper's E-W line to match the B&A. The, essentially, Maine Central and Bangor and Arrostock becomes a "shared asset" property.
Of course. Topper will have to do with a few less oats while his "trainer" pours them into the bin to match the B&A's profile.
Both Chessie and Topper now have an interest in cooperation with the Irving roads to competitively access Saint Johns. The Conrail Shared Assets gave SOO (CP) access to at least NY and Detroit, so there is a model to have them get to Saint Johns as well. Truly Shared Assets will give Topper and Chessie access to Searsport as well.
Maine has become one big Joint Facility.
New Hampshire? what's there? I guess always the possibility a passenger train agency will wish to develop service to Concord - or even Laconia.
There would also need be understanding with the several other agencies, namely MBTA and NNEPRA, as the frequencies and volume with Chessie and Topper. After all, the only reason their lines are FRA Class 4 is thanks to those agencies feeding at the public trough.
As Mr. Train Guy notes, this could prove exciting. Hope "our hands up that way" like Messrs. O'Keefe and Newpylong agree.