Alan G. Dustin, last president of independent Boston & Maine, dies at 93

Alan G. Dustin, last president of independent Boston & Maine, dies at 93

By| March 7, 2022


Career railroader also worked for Delaware & Hudson, Bangor & Aroostook, NJ Transit


MANCHESTER, N.H. — Alan G. “Dusty” Dustin, the last president of the Boston & Maine as an independent entity prior to its purchase by Guilford Industries in 1983, has died. Dustin, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, died at age 93 on Feb. 27.

A career railroader who began his career as a baggage clerk at age 16, he worked for the Delaware & Hudson before moving to the Bangor & Aroostook as vice president and CEO in 1970, then became Boston & Maine’s president in 1974. He led the railroad’s recovery from a 1970 bankruptcy, repairing infrastructure, acquiring new locomotives (18 GP40-2s), and improving service. Following the purchase of the B&M, he became NJ Transit vice president from 1984 until his retirement in 1988. As a consultant, he worked with rail businesses in Alaska, Africa, Argentina, and Czechoslovakia, as well as the Channel Tunnel project between England and France.

Elsie, his wife of 63 years, had previously passed away. He is survived by his sister, Hellen Philips, a son, two daughters, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at a date to be determined in May or June. More information is available in this obituary.