Snow is an ever present obstacle to railway operations. A Jet Blower is stationed in Halifax (and one in Dartmouth), and is used to clear snow from turnouts. A jet engine is mounted on a self propelled unit, and has a controllable nozzle, directing the hot air used to melt and blow snow from turnouts.
I Suggested that Doubling the number of tracks at Halterm from 4 to 8 would actually allow an entire train to be made up in the terminal. Right now, there are 2000′ of track at Pier 36, and 6000′ parallel to Pier 41/42. If those double tracks were doubled, and the equipment changed from Toplifts to RTG’s then there would be more then enough room to accommodate the increased capacity.
CN Rail’s CEO told the financial post on Wednesday that it made an offer to buy Halterm from Macquarie Infrastructure. Macquarie Infrastructure bought the terminal in 2007 for 173 million.
CN wants to tern Halterm into the Prince Rupert of the east coast, and attempt to lure traffic from New York. CN’s rail network reaches extensively into the US, and has port access in the Gulf of Mexico.
this is the best possible terminal operator for halifax, is they want to fill their trains, and have the ability to market the terminal and lure new customers here.
it was a bad weekend for train operations in Nova Scotia.
Sunday, the VIA rail train that arrived on Saturday was being turned around, when it derailed. the train was unoccupied at the time, and the equipment was removed Sunday night. As this incident blocked all access to Halterm, its possible some delyas in container movements happened.
Friday afternoon, a Via Employee was stepping off train 15 (the Halifax to Montreal Ocean) as it slowly pulled into the station at Truro when he got caught, fell and was struck by the train. a 63 year old man was taken to Hospital in Halifax , with serious injuries.
An earlier news report said he had a severed leg. though the veracity of that is unknown.
Rail Diesel Cars were built as self propelled passenger cars for shorter routes, and were a common site on Nova Scotia Railways. CN took one of the type, and converted it to a track Evaluation unit – as the RDC travels the rails, it collects information about the Condition of the track.