This week i wrote about the CN strike (which ended an hour after my deadline) and CP’s move into Saint John NB.
CP announced today that it purchased the Central Maine and Quebec Railway. What makes this buy so weird, is that the track once belonged to CP.
in 1994, CP sold off all its trackage east of Montreal. those assets were owned by Iron Road, which want bankrupt. the Montreal Maine and Atlantic was formed out of a portion of those assets, itself went bankrupt in 2014 after the Lac Megantic disaster.
Other assets in the area were sold to Irving, and operate as the NBSR. CP maintained rights over those lines until 1993.
since CP is re-acquiring the track, it will now have direct access to Saint John. this suggests they have business. Oil by Rail is certainly a possibility, however that has already been occurring form North Dakota. Alberta oil is to heavy to be processed by the saint john refinery, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity to load crude tankers with Alberta oil on a second leg voyage. is that play big enough? good question.
what if MSC shipping were to pull out of Montreal – even Partially? MSC currently calls on Montreal and Saint John. Montreal is out of the way, and delays in recent years due to ice, and North Atlantic Right Whale speed reductions likely cause grief to the MSC Schedule. A suitable rail partner could get the containers inland just as fast, and save days of sailing.
Saint John terminal operator DP World is already listing connections to CP via the NBSR on its website, previously that connection was only possible via PanAm Railways, into New York state.
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 am slowly moving rail content from a tumblr I had to here. The train posts can be found at https://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/category/railway. Most will be placed in there historic dates, But some will be combined into new content like this.
This week i talk about CN’s proposed acquisition of Halterm and why its a good fit with what the company is doing on the west coast.
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.
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.
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