Trains magazine, an industry publication, reported on January 28th that CSX Transportation (CSX) is reviewing 8,000 miles of its rail lines for potential sale — including the former Boston & Albany main [between Schodack, New York (near Albany) and Worcester] as well as related branch lines in Massachusetts.
CSX operates nearly 700-miles of track within the Commonwealth and handles over 344,000 carloads (as of 2015).
If CSX puts its lines out to bid, any number of regional railroads could step forward to purchase some or all of CSX’s assets in the state. Some have speculated that MassDOT may be interested in some of the assets, in particular the lines near Boston and the 54 miles of track between Worcester and Springfield Union stations.
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“CSX rules out sale of former Boston & Albany line”
Times-Union | January 26, 2018
A CSX spokesman told the Times-Union last Friday, “… this line is not for sale.”
“CSX considers sale of former Boston & Albany line”
By Eric Anderson | Times Union | January 24, 2018
“CSX reviewing 8,000 miles of rail lines for potential sale”
By Bill Stephens | Trains Newswire | January 22, 2018
CSX | Operations in Massachusetts (csx.com)