They dumped ballast Friday from Paterson Lane down to Green street. Ballast regulator was working it yesterday and was parked in the yard last night. No sign of the tamper yet.
newpylong wrote:Why is it strange? Look at lumber prices (well right up until the last week or so).It seemed easier to believe that somehow the rail shipper volume increases might not pan out as has been the case so many times elsewhere.
Also finally seeing the LPG volume that the facility was expanded to handle.
We are residents writing to provide comments that address local environmental and other issues that have been troublesome to our Islington Creek neighborhood in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for years, and to share with you our efforts to address them.
The neighborhood consists of 18 streets adjacent to the Pan Am rail tracks. In recent years, it has become more densely mixed residential/commercial, replacing the industrial zone that persisted for decades.
Our neighborhood does not object to the merger. Furthermore, we support the trains and the important work they do in the Seacoast Region, expanding commerce and contributing to economic stability.
We are asking for ways to reduce the community impact of noise and diesel fumes – pollution – adjacent to our densely populated residential neighborhood and in the switching yard near Maplewood Avenue from long-idling trains. The idling and train noise go on at all hours of the day and night and last for many hours and sometimes continue for several days at a time. The middle-of-the night yard activity is especially disruptive as are long idling times. As propane traffic to the Newington Terminal has been increasing, so has the impact of noise and diesel fumes, with a huge increase noticed over the past six months. Moreover, the long-term rail car storage is unattractive and greatly impacts the neighborhood.
Acknowledging the problems
Our concerns were acknowledged by Cindy Scarano, Executive Vice President of Pan Am, in the summer and early autumn of 2019 at which time she vowed to make some corrective measures. (See “Pan Am Vows Action” September 29-30, 2019; Seacoastonline.com). She pledged that: 1. The train crews would shut down the locomotives at temperatures above 40 degrees; 2. Pan Am would look to find the best location to park the trains and 3. Pan Am would work with the community and address other concerns.
Since that time, no progress was made to address our concerns. In fact, the situation has worsened significantly with expanded propane activity at the Newington terminal.
Concluding Remarkshttps://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 302935.pdf
We want to emphasize that we fully support rail commerce and have no objection to the merger. We are asking that Pan Am work with us to reduce the community impact from the idling trains, rail yard storage and nighttime rail activity in our neighborhood. The current condition here continues to have an increasingly detrimental impact on the quality of life.
newpylong wrote: ↑Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:55 am "Sorry Islington Creek, you're subjected to that because we do not maintain the locomotives and they can't be shut down because the batteries are all bad and they won't be able to be restarted. Also, our track sucks so they can't make it back to Rigby or Rockingham Junction where there are no residents."Fortunately for the residents of that neighborhood, CSX can (and hopefully will) remedy the issues in bold as part of their overall plan to bring this railroad up to normal CSX standards.