In the Fall 2017 issue of the Pan Am Clipper
, a company official wrote the following about the newly-acquired GE locomotives:
Pan Am Clipper wrote:With between 35–40 EMD locomotives and 36 GE locomotives in service we have decided to hold each locomotive type in partially- captive service. The GE’s will typically run on the Pan Am Southern (Rotterdam Jct., NY to Ayer, MA) and be serviced out of the East Deerfield Engine House. The EMD’s will run predominantly on Pan Am Railways (Ayer, MA to Mattawamkeag, ME) and be serviced out of the Waterville Engine House.
By holding our GE and EMD fleets captive between Pan Am Southern and Pan Am Railways, it gives us the opportunity to capitalize on cost-savings efficiencies and adds simplicity between the two divisions. This allows PAR/PAS to reduce parts inventory to one type of locomotive, equipment, and tooling required for periodic maintenance, and increases the technical skill level to our crafts by segregating the two different locomotive types.
Pan Am Southern has a stronger model for the newer GE fleet with higher tonnage being interchanged daily with CSX and NS. We regularly interchange multiple trains that have up to 10,000 tons from Rotterdam Jct. NY and Worcester to Ayer, MA.
My questions are as follows:
1. How long did the captive/segregated operating procedure last? When did it end?
2. Why did it end? (I'm sure we all have our suspicions/theories, but if anyone knows the actual or official reason, that's what I'd like to know about)
3. How far east do the Dash 8-40Cs go? (I recently saw video of a couple Dash 8-40Bs at Northern Maine Junction.)
4. Where are the Dash 8-40Bs prohibited? Where are the Dash 8-40Cs prohibited?