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Pan Am Railways, Port Saint John to offer new intermodal service

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on March 20, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Pan Am Railways and DP World have agreed to form a new direct intermodal service connecting the Boston market to Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.

 

The new agreement provides a "viable alternative" to customers in the New England area, said officials representing DP World, the port's terminal operator. Port Saint John provides connections to more than 500 international destinations.

 

The intermodal service from the port to the Boston mar...

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Pan Am Railways drops federal complaint against Portsmouth

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Two subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways have dropped a federal complaint that they filed last fall against the city of Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mX6Er0 ) the rail carriers asked a federal judge to exempt Pan Am from both local and state regulations stemming from the group's earlier plans to unload propane in the city.

Portsmouth and Pan Am officials said Tuesday that the dismissal was the end result of negotiations between ...

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Scrap yard opens at former mill site

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

JAY - A scrap metal yard has opened at the former site of the Wausau Paper Mill on the bank of the Androscoggin River this week, aiming to serve as a "flagship facility" for a number of Maine yards.

 

According to project manager Leon Dorr, Clark's Riverside Scrap will serve as both a collection center for local metal in Androscoggin and Franklin County as well as a distribution point for heavy iron scrap collected throughout the state. The yard intends to make use of the Pan...

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AAR: Weekly rail traffic down 10.5 percent from 2015 for week ending January 23

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 23, 2016.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 490,324 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending Jan. 23 were 237,190 carloads, down 19.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 253,134 contain...

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Teamsters Rail Conference opposes hostile takeover of Norfolk Southern

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, January 19 — The Teamsters Rail Conference is adding its voice to the dozens of elected officials, shippers and labor unions that strongly oppose an apparent attempt at a hostile takeover of Norfolk Southern (NS) by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

 

The Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 active railroad workers whose constituent unions are the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employ...

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BLET prepares to move into new headquarters

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, January 15 — Renovations are proceeding rapidly at the BLET’s new headquarters in Independence, Ohio, and the National Division expects to be moved in by early to mid-March.

 

The BLET sold the historic Standard Building to Weston, a real estate development group, in mid-2014. One of the stipulations of the sale was the BLET would lease back space in the Standard Building for up to three years. Fortunately, construction at the new headquarters facility...

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Pan Am eyes downtown Portsmouth for unloading propane train

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH — City officials with safety concerns may try to derail a possible plan by Pan Am Railways to unload propane from rail cars along tracks in the heart of Portsmouth.

 

Details of the proposal are still being ironed out, but a top Pan Am Railways official confirmed Monday that Portsmouth is one of the sites the company is eyeing as it tries to meet the region’s growing demand for propane.

 

The area under consideration is located in a rai...

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Winslow man says Pan Am fired him for seeking time off for cancer treatment

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

WATERVILLE – A man says he was wrongfully fired from his job at a railroad system after requesting time off to receive cancer treatment.

 

WABI-TV reported that Eric Thomas of Winslow filed an employment discrimination lawsuit in Bangor federal court this week against Pan Am Railways.

 

A lawyer for the 51-year-old Thomas said Pan Am unlawfully fired Thomas on the day he requested three additional weeks of medical leave to undergo chemotherapy.

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Winter weather blamed for dismal Downeaster performance

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on March 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster service fell sharply this winter as harsh weather caused numerous train cancellations and delays.

 

Ridership declined by 3 percent in January and 19 percent in February compared to the same period last year, according to the Northern New England Passenger Authority, which manages the service. It was the service’s worst performance over a two-month stretch since it began operating in December 2001, according the authority’s ...

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Freight slows as snow and cold pummel trains across New England

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on March 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

New England’s freight railroads are struggling to dig out from this winter’s heavy snowfall, and that means delays and unpredictable deliveries for industrial customers who depend on rail service to receive supplies and move products to market.

 

For some companies, the bad weather means trains are coming every other day instead of daily. But for smaller customers at the end of a line, the delays can be longer.

 

 

 

 

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Trains in Maine: Plans would expand passenger and freight service

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on March 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

PORTLAND, Maine — Lawmakers and rail enthusiasts spent Tuesday pushing legislation that would make it easier to expand passenger train service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn, but the Maine Department of Transportation has a bigger plan.

 

The Maine DOT’s draft plan sets out goals for $125 million in passenger rail investments between 2014 and 2019 — mostly using federal funds — and a range of other projects proposed to boost freight rail service.

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South Portland students bring old rail line back to life

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUTH PORTLAND — Fourth-grade students at Brown Elementary School, in collaboration with the South Portland Historical Society, recently completed the first phase of an Adopt-a-Rail project.

Last week, Jane Eberle, director of business partnerships for the School Department, and Robin Reinhold, a fourth-grade teacher at Brown, presented the City Council with a slide show, detailing each stage of the process.

 

As the Greenbelt Walkway winds around near Muzzy Stree...

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Amtrak Vermonter makes first Knowledge Corridor run in Springfield, Northampton and Greenfield

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

SPRINGFIELD — The ride Monday from Greenfield south to Springfield on Amtrak's Vermonter was smooth and swift, said Alden Dreyer of Shelburne.

 

"The best Christmas present ever," Dreyer said as he waited in Springfield's Amtrak station for the ride back north to Greenfield. "I'm so happy to have the train in Greenfield again. We are tired of coming down to Springfield to catch the train at 4 in the morning."

 

Dreyer retired after 20 years with the old...

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Feds to review Norfolk Southern Railway plan to buy line

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Federal regulators this week said they'll review plans by Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to buy Delaware & Hudson Railway's 282-mile line between Schenectady and Sunbury, Pa. Norfolk Southern will pay $217 million for the line, which intersects its Southern Tier line in Binghamton.

 

The federal Surface Transportation Board said it would accept comments until Jan. 15 and that those who want to participate in the review must notify it by Dec. 29.

 

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Whats next for the local Pan Am Railways?

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 2, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

BUCKSPORT — Ever since its October announcement that it was selling the local paper mill, Verso Paper Corp. has been silent about what would happen to the 85-year-old facility. At least, it was until Monday evening, when news broke about the company’s agreement to sell the mill to AIM Development, a U.S. subsidiary of a Montreal metal recycler.

 

Much less news has been generated about the fate of another local asset: the Bangor-to-Bucksport railway that has carri...

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MBTA rail operator hit with $804,000 fine

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on November 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The operator of the MBTA’s commuter rail service has been fined $804,000 for late trains and other performance issues, including station and train cleanliness, according to transit officials.

 

Officials for the company, Keolis Commuter Services, said mechanical problems and old trains partly contributed to the poor performance, while state officials noted that the contract is still new.

 

 

 

 

“After fou...

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City has very good meeting with governor.

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on November 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH — Mayor Robert Lister said city officials had a “very good meeting” with Gov. Maggie Hassan focused on their concerns about expanded propane rail cars in the Seacoast.

 

 

“She seemed very interested in our concerns,” Lister said about the Thursday meeting. “We didn’t get very specific, but it was a chance for her to hear from us and where we were with the litigation.”

 

 

City o...

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Pan Am clerical workers ratify pact

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on November 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Pan Am Railways clerical workers represented by the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) recently ratified a new four-year contract by a unanimous vote.

 

The pact provides wage increases totaling 12 percent over the four-year term and is identical to a contract ratified a week earlier by the railroad’s TCU-represented carmen.

 

"Our members’ decisive action to ratify this contract came just in the nick of time," said TCU National Vice Presid...

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D&H selling Schenectady-Binghamton rail line

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on November 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometime next year, pending approval by federal regulators, Norfolk Southern will take over the 282-mile rail line connecting Schenectady with Binghamton and Pennsylvania.

 

The railroad said late Monday it has reached an agreement with the Delaware & Hudson Railway to buy the track, which stretches to Sunbury, Pa., for $217 million. Canadian Pacific, which acquired the D&H in 1991, will continue to own tracks from the Capital Region north to Montreal.

 

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Gov. Hassan invites Mayor Lister to meet on Sea-3 concerns

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on October 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH – Gov. Maggie Hassan has invited Mayor Robert Lister to meet with her about his concerns over the expansion of the Sea-3 propane facility in Newington.

 

 

“I share the concerns that you and many other Seacoast-area residents have expressed about Sea-3’s proposed expansion,” Hassan wrote in a letter to Lister.

 

 

She noted that the state Legislature has just established a commission “that is abou...

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