• CSX Track Upgrades & Infrastructure of Pan Am

  • 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 BobbyT
 
Makes sense as I don't think 426-09 is carrying any Portland/ST traffic and is likely terminating at Worcester.
  by BandA
 
So they are welding together sticks of used but very good rail rather than using long ribbons? I assume they will pre-stress it when they replace the ties. Also if you replace the ties first then you have a bunch of ties with extra spike holes which will deteriorate faster. Better to continue to use old ties and speed restrictions for a short time.
  by newpylong
 
What do you mean?

There is no difference in relay rail vs new from an installation standpoint. If it's relay it's welded already in long strings at the plant and dropped in the same fashion. Nothing is welded onsite except where the strings come together. Even then joints are used sometimes depending on location.
  by neman2
 
BandA ,Where do you see this info that they are welding sticks of used rail together? I have seen them dropping 1/4 mile strings in Clinton. As to the tie replacement procedure I would leave that to the experts like CSX to use the best method.
  by NHV 669
 
johnpbarlow wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 5:28 am CSX M426-09 passed the Springfield Union Station just before midnight Tuesday/8/9/22 with 25 loaded CSX ballast hoppers head out (behind a CSX GP40-3) - I'm guessing this stone is headed for the track rehab in the Waterville area?
They're on the M426 that departed Ayer less than 10 minutes ago.
  by BandA
 
neman2 wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 3:32 pm BandA ,Where do you see this info that they are welding sticks of used rail together? I have seen them dropping 1/4 mile strings in Clinton. As to the tie replacement procedure I would leave that to the experts like CSX to use the best method.
I was looking at the photos and it looked like sticks. I'm probably wrong.
  by newpylong
 
Makes sense. When CP took over Mohawk yard from GTI/Suzy Q they ripped out half the tracks (they weren't needed) so then you could drive right down the side of them all. It's far better for the crews and carman to be able to run an ATV or truck down the side of the tracks, especially in a flat yard. Safer too, some of those tracks are so close.
  by newpylong
 
If there was any ballast to speak of they wouldn't need to bring 25 more loads in. What's there will get mixed in with the new stuff, but it isn't much.

If they did have to remove any it would be put in a pile somewhere, and reused elsewhere in the yard.
  by CN9634
 
I was about to ask… what ballest!

I’ve only heard of them taking out 3 tracks for realignment but also remember Rigby has had tons of OOS tracks, or tracks only operable from one side, for years…. So no real loss. Actually somewhat amazing the place is getting a facelift. Heard Keag work starts this year too but believe it when I see it
  by NotYou
 
It will be neat to see Keag get upgraded, I think it will happen. My hunch is a year or two after Worcester, Ayer, Rigby, etc. down the line get work first.
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  by codasd
 
Here is an article from 2020 on the Keag mainline rebuild, I understand the money is still there. A project management document I saw shows it as a three-year project. It would be nice to see it start his year. https://railsandports.com/2020/08/par-m ... 2-million/ A similar article was in the Bangor newspaper a while back.
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