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Pan Am has landed on the rails in Billerica

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  • Gino's Railpage
    Here s an odd story I though you guys might like... THE LOWELL SUN 4/5/06 Pan Am has landed on the rails in Billerica By TOM SPOTH, Sun Staff The iconic Pan Am
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 6, 2006
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      Here's an odd story I though you guys might like...

      THE LOWELL SUN

      4/5/06


      Pan Am has landed on the rails in Billerica

      By TOM SPOTH, Sun Staff


      The iconic Pan Am logo is taking to the rails.

      For months, Billerica-based Guilford Rail System has been painting its train
      cars a distinctive shade of baby blue and adorning them with the familiar
      white globe that was once a hallmark of air travel.

      In March, the company officially changed its name to Pan Am Railways. Its
      parent company, Guilford Transportation, is now called Pan Am Systems.

      "It was something that had been planned for a great deal of time," said David
      Fink, president of Pan Am Systems. "(Pan Am) is one of the five
      most-recognized names in the world."

      Guilford bought the Pan Am brand in 1998, seven years after the one-time
      behemoth went out of business for the first time. Pan Am was resurrected briefly
      in the mid-1990s before folding again.

      Guilford operated a modest airline under the name Boston-Maine Airways but
      using the Pan Am logo, serving small airports in New England, Florida and Puerto
      Rico. Boston-Maine Airways, headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., continues to
      operate those routes, which it calls the "Pan Am Clipper Connection."

      In an odd twist, the parent company's air-travel business now operates under
      the name of a defunct railroad company (Boston & Maine), while its railroad
      business will now adopt the name of an old airline (Pan Am). Pan Am dominated
      the airline industry, especially in international flights, for much of the 20th
      century before it started to unravel in the 1970s.

      Fink said Pan Am Railways is adding more business in Mexico and Canada, and
      said


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    • choochoo1802@webtv.net
      Some of the new PanAm railcars have been going in and out of Binghamton recently. Mark
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 10, 2006
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        Some of the new PanAm railcars have been going in and out of Binghamton
        recently. Mark
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