• Potential PAR/PAS Traffic Growth

  • 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 gokeefe
 
Wonders never cease.

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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
I've considered this topic's question at a posting over at the acquisition topic.

Is the plastic pellet traffic interchanged to the Housy at Pittsfield and consigned to Becton Dickinson at Canaan worth it to Chessie to buy up that portion of the New Haven's Berkshire line and let the rest of that sorry excuse of a railroad simply fold?
  by newpylong
 
Off-topic, but I think they would have tried a long time ago if they thought it was worth it.
  by newpylong
 
My contacts at Keolis tell me there are strong rumors of CSX meeting with Global in East Boston.

My CSX contacts tell me there are plans for Portland, whatever that means.
  by Cosakita18
 
Do either of the global terminal in Chelsea or Revere Have any kind of rail access? I know neither facility has a direct rail connection currently, but is there a connection via pipeline?

Any additional info on what CSX wants to develop in Portland? Containers? Refrigerated cargo? Imported oil products? ethanol? To my knowledge, none of the terminals in Portland are currently equipped to handle loading / export of refined product or ethanol.
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  by roberttosh
 
Cosakita18 wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 5:24 am Any additional info on what CSX wants to develop in Portland? Containers? Refrigerated cargo? Imported oil products?
I don't pretend to have any inside knowledge but could likely be Ethanol, Butane, Bio-Diesel or Low Sulfur Diesel for the tank farm.
  by FatNoah
 
Do either of the global terminal in Chelsea or Revere Have any kind of rail access?
It's been a few years, but when the topic of ethanol trains came up before, so many pearls were clutched in the area that there was a global shortage. Given the insanity last time around, I'd imagine any discussion is probably on a different topic, but you never know.

http://chelsearecord.com/2013/07/04/scr ... rain-plan/
  by gokeefe
 

newpylong wrote:My CSX contacts tell me there are plans for Portland, whatever that means.
Refrigerated probably makes the most sense at this point.


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  by Cosakita18
 
One of the secondary goals of the planned waterfront cold storage facility is to attract refer ships which currently call at Bayside, NB on the Alaska-Panama Canal-Europe frozen fish trade. It's an attainable goal for the IMT, but I don't know if it's the kind of traffic a Class 1 RR would chase.

Also worth noting the current Cold Storage proposal very noticeably lacks direct rail access. The developers intend to use the adjacent IM pad to potentially handle refrigerated containers arriving by rail and then dray them ~500 feet to the warehouse.
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  by bostontrainguy
 
newpylong wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 8:24 pm My contacts at Keolis tell me there are strong rumors of CSX meeting with Global in East Boston.
There was strong opposition years ago when this idea was first floated and we all poo-pooed it. Then Lac-Megantic happen . . . .

So I think we can forget it.
  by roberttosh
 
I wouldn't be so sure of that. If nothing else they could probably run blocks in regular manifest service which wouldn't ring so many alarm bells.
  by newpylong
 
I just pass information like this along, take it for what it's worth.

To Roberttosh's point, they could bring in smaller slugs of it from Lawrence with the rest of the BO traffic, even if that isn't the modus operandi for Class Is.
  by BM6569
 
gokeefe wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 8:58 pm Refrigerated probably makes the most sense at this point.
Wonder if the gasoline company sidings on the Turner's Island branch could be used again by CSX?
  by roberttosh
 
newpylong wrote: Thu May 27, 2021 10:23 am I just pass information like this along, take it for what it's worth.

To Roberttosh's point, they could bring in smaller slugs of it from Lawrence with the rest of the BO traffic, even if that isn't the modus operandi for Class Is.
With PSR, there's actually been a shift or more of an acceptance in moving blocks in manifest service vs full unit trains. Many locations around the country receive regular manifest shipments, some along with full unit trains, so definitely not a deal breaker. I don't recall any outcry when they started shipping blocks of Acid up to Peabody through Boston so I think as long as they stay away from unit train proposals it would be an easy get.
  by bostontrainguy
 
I hope I am wrong and you are all right! I'd love to see those tracks reactivated.
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