CSX Amends, Re-files Pan Am Railways Acquisition Application with STB

On May 26, The Surface Transportation Board rejected as “incomplete” the merger application filed by CSX Transportation, Inc. to acquire control of Pan Am Systems, Inc. and its short line railroad subsidiaries. CSX on July 1 submitted an “amended and supplemented application” to the STB, stating that the refreshed application “provides all of the additional details of the proposed transaction requested by the STB.”

CSX-Pan Am Deal a “Significant” Transaction: STB

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has ruled the CSX-Pan Am merger transaction a “significant” one subject to more formal review, along with a 10-month time clock on a final decision.

Vermont Rail System said three of its short lines would be adversely impacted by Genesee & Wyoming’s independent operation of Pan Am Southern: Vermont Railway, Inc. (VTR), Washington County Railroad Company (WACR), and Green Mountain Railroad Corporation (GMRR). (Wikipedia/Artaxerxes)

Vermont Rail System Contests Pan Am/CSX Deal

The Vermont Rail System (VRS) has opposed CSX’s acquisition of the Pan Am System in a filing with the Surface Transportation Board.

“We look forward to integrating Pan Am into CSX, with substantial benefits to the rail-served industries of the Northeast, and to working in partnership with connecting railroads to provide exceptional supply chain solutions to New England and beyond,” CSX said.

Pan Am Railways Sale Advancing to STB

CSX is submitting an application to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to acquire the Pan Am System, including Pan Am Railways (PAR) and its 50% stake in Pan Am Southern (PAS), the Class I railroad reported Feb. 26.

CSX Wants Pan-Am. NS Says ‘Not So Fast’

Shades of the battle between CSX and Norfolk Southern that occurred some 25 years ago over Conrail, but on a smaller scale: CSX is in negotiations to acquire Pan Am Railways, the 1,700-mile Class II previously known as the Guilford Rail System, itself the amalgamation of the Boston & Maine, Maine Central, Portland Terminal Company and Springfield Terminal Railway. NS, in a Nov. 6 filing with the Surface Transportation Board, is opposing the transaction.

An Observer’s View of the Pan Am Railways Sale

An industry observer who spoke with Railway Age on the condition of anonymity said that Pan Am Railways is indeed for sale, with BMO Financial Group handling a transaction for principal owner Tim Mellon, 78, and other investors. Our source, an independent observer, outlined possible courses of action for the New England regional railroad, within the context of what’s going on in the marketplace.

Tentative pact for BLET, Springfield Terminal

The Springfield Terminal Railway has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

Pan Am partners on new Canada-US intermodal

Pan Am Railways is partnering with port operator DP World and Canada’s Port Saint John on direct intermodal rail service to the U.S. Northeast.

Pan Am Southern, Pan Am Railways take MBTA to task over PTC

Pan Am Southern LLC (PAS, the joint venture of Pan Am Railways and Norfolk Southern) and Pan Am Railways (PAR) itself on Dec. 20 served default and dispute notices concerning “important operational safety agreements” with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) involving Positive Train Control (PTC).

Turning on the intermodal tap

About 800 million gallons of water flow through Maine aquifers for the Poland Spring company each year. Since January 2016, containers full of that water flow south from Maine by rail.