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  • 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.

Moderator: MEC407

  by tguy077
 
502 +6 hoppers +2 acids headed towards Peabody today.
  by tguy077
 
PAR 507 with the usual assortment of hoppers and acid cars headed towards Peabody
  by lightbulb
 
Train through Peabody at 22:12.
  by lightbulb
 
Heard them leaving the salem yard at 1:05am. Seems odd time. haven't heard nor seen a train through there in a couple months. The plant has been receiving more deliveries by truck. I do drive by the plant daily. Maybe CSX renegotiated the terms or are in the process of ending the service, which makes sense since there are no other customers north of Boston.
Last edited by MEC407 on Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:32 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
  by lightbulb
 
The Salem mayor wants the line abandoned for a rail trail. She may have swayed CSX to start to end service on the line. Makes common sense.
  by newpylong
 
Rail service to the plant is not going anywhere. Crew call times changed.
  by F74265A
 
Rail seems far safer than trucks to ship the hazmat sulphuric acid used in volume by the plant
  by Badandy
 
lightbulb wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:27 am The Salem mayor wants the line abandoned for a rail trail. She may have swayed CSX to start to end service on the line. Makes common sense.
uhhhh, she's no longer the Mayor.....
she's Lt. Governor now........
  by highrail
 
I had understood that the load numbers to Rousellot were much more than they were to eastman Gelatine. They had also received a grant for additional track area for storage on the property...not sure where that stands. Why wouldn't CSX continue? They don't pay any of the track maintenance between Boston and Salem. Minimal maint. between salem and Peabody, although PanAm did some work on theat section about five years ago.

A bike path...not another one (even though I do bike)! They could easily fit a bike path from Salem to Peabody along the existing right of way, without losing the track. The right of way was double tracked from salem to Peabody Square for many years until the late 1950s. PLUS, the City of Peabody is still talking about a trolley connection from Peabody to Salem station. There is still a remote...very remote possibility that the line beyond Rousellot could be reactivated to the industrial park...you never know...I see one via youtube in Taunton undergoing revival, and my hunch is that CSX would be more aggressive in maintaining and expanding their customer base.

Want to see an example of a dopey bike path on a street? Check out the newly "designed" pathways and parking on North Street in Salem...a mess waiting to happen.

Steve
  by newpylong
 
That is correct, it's no real skin off their back to go there and the volume is decent.
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