• The Guilford Wreck Train... Photos & Questions

  • 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 jaymac
 
Guessing the steel just N of the wreck train is internal structure from the no-longer-there roundhouse damaged a bit back by a windstorm.
  by CPF66
 
johnpbarlow wrote:Very interesting flyover of E Deerfield yard! I wonder if CSX has any interest in Pan Am's fleet of snowplows? Also it looks like there is an awful lot of debris/scrap piled in the yard - is this in the process of being cleaned up by Pan Am?

Thanks for posting the link!
Most of the plows are out of service due to a myriad of issues. CSX may keep the two spreaders, but the plows are scrap fodder. In recent years CSX has cut up the majority of its snow fleet. But I am sure some bean counter at Jacksonville will argue that its somehow cheaper for trains to get stuck in drifts, locomotives to burn out traction motors, and the MOW department to take weeks to clear up on blizzard with regulators, rather than running one plow extra which could get everything opened up. But hey thats PSR for you...
  by MEC407
 
When was the last time Pan Am ran a plow? In recent years in my neck of the woods, they've relied on the Downeaster to be the de facto plow train.
  by newpylong
 
CPF66 wrote: Sat May 28, 2022 10:19 pm
johnpbarlow wrote:Very interesting flyover of E Deerfield yard! I wonder if CSX has any interest in Pan Am's fleet of snowplows? Also it looks like there is an awful lot of debris/scrap piled in the yard - is this in the process of being cleaned up by Pan Am?

Thanks for posting the link!
Most of the plows are out of service due to a myriad of issues. CSX may keep the two spreaders, but the plows are scrap fodder. In recent years CSX has cut up the majority of its snow fleet. But I am sure some bean counter at Jacksonville will argue that its somehow cheaper for trains to get stuck in drifts, locomotives to burn out traction motors, and the MOW department to take weeks to clear up on blizzard with regulators, rather than running one plow extra which could get everything opened up. But hey thats PSR for you...
They operate in areas (Buffalo namely) that get hit with Lake Effect storms which at times make Noreasters look like snow flurries. They'll have the equipment in place (whatever it may be) to handle it. Can't argue with the PSR bit though, it's the devil in a red dress.
  by BandA
 
Usually, a new outfit comes in, wants everything to be tidy. Later regrets scrapping something. Or, if they have the space, they leave the OOS snow plow hanging around and eventually fix it & press it back into service. Of course Global Warming is making Boston feel like Miami, but we are in New England and if you don't like the weather wait a minute and it will change....
  by CPF66
 
The last plow train was 2019, but prior to that they normally ran about 2 per year.
CSX recently scrapped the two spreaders and the two wedge plows based in the Buffalo area in 2019 after a series of mild winters with few blizzards. As luck would have it, that winter they got pounded with several back to back storms. The snow ended up getting deep enough that the regulators couldn't keep up and they had to use a locomotive to break a trail. I have a friend of mine who left Pan Am the year prior and worked on the section gang out there. He figured that the two regulators in his section never shut off between the first of the year and the end of February with the exception of when they were being refueled or repaired.