by b&m 1566
cpf354 wrote:The M&L was just a strip of land, so what are they going to do there, build the world's narrowest condo project or retail store? They abandon branches for what they consider good bussiness reasons, not to fleece the government.Business is Business. Why would Pan Am put money into an infrastructure that isn't worth it? Example: if there only making 1,000 in one year off of one customer but yet they need to spend 10,000 just to up keep the structure; where's the logic? Where are they going to come up with the money when only one customer is on the line? Yeah they could spend the money but it would be at the expense of the other customers and if I were a paying customer I wouldn't be too happy if it affected my service. Where there are customers that bring in revenue they will spend the money; where there are customers but not enough to justify the expenditures they will operate till they can no longer do so. That's what happened in Salem, NH the money need to fix the line was just too much for them to justifiably upgrade the line. They would rather spend the money else where that supports their revenue.
Now you can say Pan Am structure and service across the board is poor but you have to remember it’s a business. If you’re bringing in 1 million a year but yet you need to spend 5 million a year to keep it in a class 1 standard you can't physically do it. Therefore you get poor track conditions because that's all they can afford. If you want NS to move in that’s fine you'll get your main track up grades but say good-bye to ever branch line that has less than 600 car loads a year. Hillsborough branch goodbye, anything north of Bow would be gone, Watertown... gone, Hampton, NH gone heck maybe Portsmouth all together would be gone... I think you get my point
Pan Am can try and recruit all they want to try and get business up here but in the end it really has nothing to do with them; its this region. We never recovered from the dark ages of the 60's and 70's. Big businesses find it cheaper and better to be in the south or out west something we lost a long time ago.