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Guilford Rail System changes name to Pan Am Railways

When searching for a new name, a railroad typically wouldn’t consider an airline’s moniker. But when a rail company owns and operates a charter airline, it might.

Last month, Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways. In addition to three railroads operating 1,600 track miles in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, the company owns the Pan Am Clipper Connection charter airline.

“We are instituting this change to take advantage of the world famous Pan Am name and logo to better identify the services we provide and to further strengthen the relationship between the rail group and its sister airline,” said Pan Am Railways President Thomas Steiniger in a letter to customers and employees.

The change is in trade name only, and the company’s Springfield Terminal Railway Co., Boston and Maine Corp. and Maine Central Railroad Co. will “continue to exist with no significant change to their corporate structures,” said Steiniger.

“In the coming weeks and months, you will be seeing more box cars and locomotives in service with the Pan Am logo on them,” he said.

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