Donation of $1 million will fund new building at Maine trolley museum

By Trains Magazine| March 18, 2022

 

Seashore Trolley Museum will replace 66-year-old car house

 

Logo of Seashore Trolley MuseumKENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The Seashore Trolley Museum will use a $1 million donation — the second largest in its history — to replace an aging building providing covered storage for its cars.

The Portland Press-Herald reports the anonymous gift will allow replacement of the 66-year-old Burton B. Shaw South Boston Car House, which is leaning and must be replaced. The current structure, which stores six cars, is open at the front, leaving the first car on each of its three tracks exposed to the elements.

Its replacement will have a nine-car capacity, and will have roll-up doors and insulation allowing more complete protection for the trolleys. It will primarily be used for the cars the museum currently operates.

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 Trains.com| 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.

Donation of $1 million will fund new building at Maine trolley museum

Donation of $1 million will fund new building at Maine trolley museum

By Trains.com  | March 18, 2022

 

Seashore Trolley Museum will replace 66-year-old car house

 

Logo of Seashore Trolley MuseumKENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The Seashore Trolley Museum will use a $1 million donation — the second largest in its history — to replace an aging building providing covered storage for its cars.

The Portland Press-Herald reports the anonymous gift will allow replacement of the 66-year-old Burton B. Shaw South Boston Car House, which is leaning and must be replaced. The current structure, which stores six cars, is open at the front, leaving the first car on each of its three tracks exposed to the elements.

Its replacement will have a nine-car capacity, and will have roll-up doors and insulation allowing more complete protection for the trolleys. It will primarily be used for the cars the museum currently operates.

Former Ringling Bros. railcars burn in North Carolina (NEW – 3/14/22)

Former Ringling Bros. railcars burn in North Carolina

By Trains.com| March 10, 2022

 

Cars, bought for possible rebuild for Piedmont service, had been declared surplus

 

Logo of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.SPRING HOPE, N.C. — Several former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus railcars now owned by the state of North Carolina have been badly damaged or destroyed in a fire.

WRAL-TV reports the cars, stored on an isolated rail line just outside the city limits of the community of Spring Hope, caught fire this morning (Thursday, March 10), with at least four of the cars on fire and badly damaged as of 8 a.m. EST.

The state’s Department of Transportation bought nine of the Ringling cars after the circus shut down in 2017, intending to rebuild them to expand the car fleet for the state-supported Piedmont passenger service between Raleigh and Charlotte, which uses state-owned equipment. But the state subsequently ordered new equipment for the Piedmonts, and placed the Ringling Bros. cars and several others in an auction for surplus equipment [see “Digest: Stimulus bill will make short line tax credit permanent,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 22, 2020]. No one bought the cars during that auction [see “Digest: NS to furlough 17 …,” News Wire, Jan. 9, 2021].

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mt. Washington Cog owner’s project would allow stays at top of mountain (NEW 3/14/2022

Mt. Washington Cog owner’s project would allow stays at top of mountain

By  Trains. Com – March 14, 2022

 

Railcars would be used for restaurant, sleeping accommodations

 

Steam locomotive pushing railroad car up steep grade

Locomotive No. 9 begins its trip up the Mount Washington Cog Railway from the Marshfield Base Station in July 2011. The railroad’s owner has proposed placing railcars at the top of the mountain for lodging and a restaurant. (Scott A. Hartley)

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — The owner of the Mount Washington Cog Railway is proposing stationing railcars near the summit of the mountain to serve as overnight accommodations and a restaurant.

The Associated Press reports owner Wayne Presby’s project would cost nearly $14 million, and would station 18 cars at an elevation of about 5,800 feet from mid-May through mid-October. Nine sleeping cars would accommodate up to 70 guests.

The project was presented earlier this month to the Mount Washington Commission, and Presby says it has the support of the state. The plan would include piping sewage down the mountain; in exchange, the Cog railway would agree not to pursue further expansion at the summit.

Presby had proposed a 25,000-square-foot, 35-room hotel at the summit several years ago, but that proposal was scrapped in the wake of criticism from environmentalists and hikers.

We will be watching this story and post on any other newz about this story !

Chester On Track 2022

CHESTER ON TRACK FESTIVAL, ‘JUST AROUND THE BEND’

Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

CHESTER, MA- Journey to Chester On Track, the 21st annual railroad-themed family festival in downtown Chester, MA on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, held rain or shine. The event gathers some of the very best early industrial, railroad, military and artisan talent from three states. The event is FREE (donations accepted) and wheelchair accessible.

A 10am parade sets the pace for the day along Route 20 and through the downtown led by 2011 Parade Marshall Senator Michael Knapik. The Senator will also present a proclaimation recognizing the 170th anniversary of this pioneering railway.

Guests may visit with living history re-enactors from the, 10th Massachusetts Regiment Civil War, Continental Regiment Revolutionary War, Civilian Conservation Corps and Storrowtown Village Irish immigrant railroad workers. Stop by the train show at the depot & craft fair on the lawns of the Chester Inn. Marvel at the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers large scale steam locos the station grounds and the ‘one-lung’ steam & gas engine demos on Main St. There will be classic cars from Model ‘T’s to Corvettes and everything in between.

Other displays include a number of 1920’s-era freight cars, wooden caboose, wooden velocipede, 1930 Vulcan steam engine, and Children’s Boxcar. Visitors can rest their feet with a sightseeing rides by “Maggie Saw Horse,” or horse-drawn wagon. Take a helicopter ride above the village or check out the abandoned stone finishing works, in walking distance of the depot. Take a bus tour, departing hourly, to the Chester Granite Company for contemporary stone finishing demos.

Live entertainment all day features the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, The River Dawgs, and The Electric Trains, sponsored by the Chester Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Linda Burns will also provide musical entertainment at the Chester Inn on Main Street. Bring your appetite; a wealth of good food is available for the day. The Blue Caboose café at the museum offers a variety of grinders, soups and desserts. Local restaurants offer fine culinary fare, and food vendors round out the choices along Main Street. A 50/50 raffle, with secondary prizes of train rides on the Vermont Flyer and Berkshire Scenic Railway is offered too.

Also a highlight, a short drive from downtown Chester, is the Keystone Arch Bridges (KAB) Trail (a moderate hike is involved), featuring seven historic 1839 stone arch railroad bridges, (America’s first) engineered by George Washington Whistler (father of artist, James McNeil Whistler). The bridges span the Westfield River, rising in some places 70 feet above the water, carrying the former Western Railroad, (now CSX) on a 100 foot-per-mile grade over the Berkshire Hills. This heralded engineering accomplishment proved the ability for rail travel over mountains, spawning population expansion from New England to the west.

The event is sponsored by the Chester Foundation, a philanthropic group dedicated to community improvement and preservation. Admission to event is free, reserved parking is $1. Chester is located on Route 20 along the Jacobs Ladder Scenic Byway, between Lee and Westfield. For more event information call (413) 354-7878 or visit www.ChesterRailwayStation.org.

The Circus that rolled into town and nobody knew it!

The Circus that rolled into town and nobody knew it!

Posted 2/22/2022

Currently News About The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train

For those of you wondering what happen to the The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train Circus Train Cars Here’s a story i just found on other website. read the story here to find out more about these Awesome Railroad cars from the Past and what is going to happen to them ….. (See Info link #1 Below)

New England Railroading Memories

in my life i have been to about two show and have had about three times seen The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train in West Springfield Massachusetts where they used to park the train while doing shows in Springfield Massachusetts at the Springfield Civic Center later to become now known as the Mass Mutual Center

The Future …. I hope & Pray

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is sadly missed be me and i hope the circus train does not go to the Scrap yard by made it to a rolling museum for the younger Generations or moved to a railroad museum like in Pennsylvania.

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January rail traffic down 9.5% from 2021 levels (UPDATED)

Weekly rail traffic remains below 2021 levels

By Trains.com| March 10, 2022

Total intermodal, carload moves down 1.9% from comparable week a year earlier

Table showing weekly carload moves by commodity plus overall intermodal traffic

(Association of American Railroads)

WASHINGTON — U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 5, 2022, remained slightly below 2021 levels, according to statistics from the Association of American Railroads.

Overall traffic for the week was 505,177 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.9% from the corresponding week a year earlier. That included 238,870 carloads, a 2.8% increase, and 266,307 containers and trailers, a 5.8% decrease.

Year-to-date figures for nine weeks in 2022 show overall traffic down 2.3%, with carloads up 3.5% and intermodal traffic down 7%. This week’s overall figure is ahead of the nine-week average of 483,837 carloads and intermodal units.

North American totals, for 12 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads, include 684,497 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.3%. The 335,676 carloads represent a 0.5% increase, while the 348,821 intermodal units are a 6.7% decrease.

Nine-week totals for North America are down 3.9% compared to the first nine weeks of 2021.

 

January rail traffic down 9.5% from 2021 levels

By | February 3, 2022 –First month of 2022 sees significant intermodal decrease

Weekly table showing rail traffic by commodity type, plus intermodal totals

(Association of American Railroads)

WASHINGTON — U.S. rail traffic was down 9.5% in January compared to January 2021, mostly because of a significant drop in intermodal traffic, according to Association of American Railroads statistics.

Intermodal traffic was down 14.6%, while carload traffic was down 3%, with 14 of 20 carload categories tracked by the AAR showing declines.

“For most traffic categories, U.S. rail volumes this January were down compared to last year,” AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray said in a press release. “That said, last January made for very difficult comparisons for a number of categories. For example, January 2021 was the best January for grain since 1990, and was also, at the time, the highest volume month ever for intermodal. Conversely, and more optimistically, this year’s January was the highest volume month ever for rail carloads of chemicals, providing a strong base for future growth in a critical commodity.”

Notable carload declines included grain, down by 15,396 carloads or 14%; motor vehicles and parts, still impacted by a chip shortage slowing production, down 11,559 carloads or 19.8%, and petroleum and petroleum products, down 9,509 carloads or 20.1%.

Weekly traffic stats remain down

Weekly traffic stats for the week ending Jan. 29 marked the fourth straight week with volume below 2021 levels. Overall traffic of 491,868 carloads and intermodal units represented a decline of 5.6% compared to the same week in 2021 — the smallest single-week decline so far this year.

The 235,203 carloads marked a 1.5% increase, while intermodal trailers and containers were down 11.3%.

North American totals for the week, for 12 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads, showed a total volume of 667,964 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 6.3% compared to the same week in 2021. That includes 330,400 carloads, down 1.5%, and 337,564 intermodal units, down 10.6%. Year-to-date North American volume is down 10.9% compared to the first four weeks of 2021.

CSX names Pelkey as chief financial officer

CSX names Pelkey as chief financial officer

January 25, 2022

 

Executive vice president has been with railroad since 2005

CSX logoJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX on Monday named Sean R. Pelkey as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Pelkey, who joined the railroad in 2005, most recently served as vice president and acting chief financial officer. Previously, he was vice president of finance and treasury.

“Sean has played an important role as a member of the CSX leadership team throughout our transformation, which has delivered superior value to our many stakeholders,” CEO Jim Foote said in a press release. “Sean’s strong financial acumen, deep railroad industry knowledge, and broad experience at CSX will be invaluable as we strive to deliver profitable and sustainable growth.”

Connecticut will add additional CTrail trains on the Hartford line

Posted 1/25/2022

NEWINGTON, Conn. — Connecticut will add additional CTrail trains on the Hartford line as of today (Monday, Jan. 24) to offset the loss of service resulting from Amtrak cuts, while other Amtrak trains will be replaced by bus service, the state Department of Transportation announced.

Amtrak announced cuts to its Springfield Shuttle and other service as part of COVID-19 related service cuts that began Jan. 17 [see “Analysis: a closer look at the impact of Amtrak’s cancellations,” Trains News Wire, Jan. 17, 2022].

Changes announced by the state include a new Sunday-only CTrail train departing Springfield at 3:55 p.m.; a weekday train departing New Haven at 8:55 a.m.; and bus substitutes for one weekday and one Sunday train in each direction. Schedules for the bus substitutes will be posted at the Hartford Line website.

Other Amtrak trains will see schedule revisions, as will two New Haven-bound CTRail trains. Full details are available in this press release.