jamoldover wrote: ↑Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:54 am So when's the last time this much new rail was dropped into B&M territory?It depends on how many miles all of those trains come out to, but I would say this likely tops the cake for actual owner funded projects. Substantial previous projects:
~2015 - Conn River/ Knowledge Corridor rebuild by MassDOT for Amtrak and Passenger service.
~2009 - Pan Am Southern freight main rebuild. NS supplied numerous rail trains that were dropped in the worst areas, mostly curves.
~2000 - Portland Division rebuild for the Downeaster. The whole thing was stick rail before this.
~1980 - 4R Act rebuild of the Fitchburg. 1 track between Mechanicville and Lowell pretty much replaced with welded rail.