Rio Grande Pacific Corp.

John J. Spellman, President, Rio Grande Pacific Technology (RIOTECH)

Spellman to Lead RIOTECH

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. has appointed John J. Spellman President of its Rio Grande Pacific Technology (RIOTECH) subsidiary.

STB Rejects Tennessee Pass Revival

Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway Co. (CMPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (Rio Grande), will not be able to go forward with the Tennessee Pass Line revival as filed, according to a March 25 decision by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), but the decision leaves open the possibility of re-filing.

CMPR Seeks Restrictions to Tennessee Pass Lease

The Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway Co. (CMPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (Rio Grande), has asked the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to “restrict the proposed lease of the [Tennessee Pass rail] Line against the transportation of crude oil, coal and hazardous commodities.”

Rio Grande announced at the end of 2020 that its Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway Co. subsidiary would lease the Tennessee Pass rail line from UP. But Colorado Pacific Railroad, LLC and parent company KCVN, LLC, among others, are saying, “Not so fast.” STB said it needs more time to review the filings and arguments.

Tennessee Pass Revival on Hold, for Now

The Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway Co. (CMPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (Rio Grande), will have to wait to revive the Tennessee Pass line, according to a recent decision by the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

Tennessee Pass Revival: It’s Complicated

Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway Co. (CMP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC), has entered into an agreement to lease the majority (163.1 miles) of the Tennessee Pass rail line between Parkdale and Sage, Colo., from Union Pacific. The short line has also submitted a filing to the Surface Transportation Board for common-carrier authority to operate the line.

Under the Denton County Transportation Authority (Texas) agreement, partners Rio Grande Pacific Corp. and Stadler U.S., Inc. are taking over the remaining five years of a nine-year fixed-price contract, with a five-year extension option.

For DCTA, New Commuter Rail Operations, DMU Maintenance Contracts

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Board has approved the assignment of an operations and maintenance management contract to Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC) for its 21-mile A-Train commuter rail service connecting the Texas counties of Denton and Dallas. RGPC has selected Stadler U.S., Inc. to maintain the 11 GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units (DMU), which the railcar manufacturer supplied for the A-Train’s 2011 launch.