New England short lines partner to bring Canadian Class I railroads to region

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two short lines are partnering to create a link between New England cities and connections with Canada’s Class I railroads. Providence & Worcester and RailAmerica’s New England Central are partnering to expand their interchange traffic with Canadian Pacific and Canadian National.
 
New England Central was historically the Central Vermont Railway, a Canadian National company, before CN sold it off in the mid-1990s. The two railroads maintain a connection at the Canadian border near Alburg, Vt. New England Central also connects with CP via a haulage rights agreement with Vermont Rail System between its main line at Bellows Falls, Vt., and CP’s Delaware & Hudson subsidiary at Whitehall, N.Y.
 
Charles Hunter, RailAmerica’s assistant vice president of government affairs, tells TRAINS the New England Central-P&W partnership has yielded some carload traffic from the Canadian lines already. “We’re already doing pretty well on the single-carload traffic,” he said, “so we’re just looking at expanding.”
 
Targeted traffic includes any carload business. However, P&W has a strong presence at the Port of Providence, and Hunter says that’ll be an important piece of the business.
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