• Portsmouth Branch Activity

  • Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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  by Jonathan603
 
Yes it does look good. The new owner seems pretty serious about restoring it.
  by BM6569
 
In the support letters of the CSX STB filing: "The commercial and residential propane distributors in New England are Sea-3's customers and look to Sea-3 for reliable and economic supply of propane in the region.
Blackline is expecting the CSXT Sales and Marketing team to follow through on its intentions to
explore and implement new supply chain solutions and market opportunities for expanded rail
movements of propane into Sea-3 which would support Blackline's ability to meet those
customer expectations. Black:line needs lower rail transportation unit costs, more frequent rail
service and expanded railcar blocks per delivery for better overall productivity which will lead to
improved overall performance and economics for the propane consumers in New England. "
  by FatNoah
 
Every letter of support clearly followed the same template, but the SEA-3 one was a little more interesting because they indicated a desire to increase service rather than just using the exact same quote as many other letters.
  by Jonathan603
 
Looks like they are using more of the track just short of Patterson Lane in Newington. Presumably due to the recent uptick in LPG moves. The track the other side of the street is pretty clear and has been for a while which makes me wonder if they will be using that any time soon.
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  by b&m 1566
 
I always thought the intent was to use the siding between Patterson Ln and Sprague Terminal to run the engine(s) around the consist, instead of shoving the cars to Sea-3?
  by Jonathan603
 
Yes I thought so too. Maybe it will happen now there is more traffic.... or maybe CSX will do it if that pans out...
  by arthur d.
 
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28 March. Gas cars in Portsmouth yard, just west of the parking garage, left over the weekend.
  by Rockingham Racer
 
That's a yard? Wow! :-D
  by Jonathan603
 
Lots more activity recently. 24 new loads came in yesterday afternoon and there are already 6 or 7 loads in the yard and another 24 on the passing track at Rockingham waiting to come down to Portsmouth.

Here is a video of DO-1 coming in yesterday with two GRS engines.



Also, in other news it looks like they are going to repair the rail crossing at Depot Road at the GBDC. Long overdue.
  by Rockingham Racer
 
Does anyone think that CSX will keep this branch?
  by Jonathan603
 
Yes. Whoever buys Pan Am will keep this branch. There still a good amount of revenue/movement it seems and they are moving lots more LPG of late too. Also this line links up the Navy Yard via the bridge.
  by MEC407
 
Absolutely. Several active customers, some with growth potential. And it's pretty short. No reason to dump it.
  by newpylong
 
Yep, not even a question with its length vs current tonnage/potential.

Boise looks busy as well as Sea-3. Must be the price of building materials lol.

Too bad no reefers lately.
  by Jonathan603
 
Yes, Sea-3 and Boise are doing well. There is also a good flow of covered hoppers for Tyco.

Here are some reefers from a month ago on 3/12. I believe there have been a couple more since then too.

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