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Old March 2nd, 2016, 05:03 AM   #461
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I was looking at a map of railroad lines around Ottawa. Is it just me or is the city and region pretty much devoid of any local freight traffic aside from a few forestry product customers in some towns to the east? As best I can tell, there appears to be some kind of tank car loading dock in the suburbs and a small yard. But that's it. And with the secondary lines radiating out of the city on thin ice or abandoned but not lifted, what purpose does it serve to route freight trains through it at all considering the more direct route to Montreal is far to the south?

I suppose then in the not too distant future, VIA really should just buy out what leads in and out of Ottawa, and the province then takes ownership of everything else to make the greatest network of bicycle trails in Canada...
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 05:26 AM   #462
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VIA already owns everything to and from Ottawa from the main Montreal - Toronto corridor, they bought the last bit of it last year.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 05:19 PM   #463
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Canadian infrastructure plan to fund urban rail investment
Wednesday, March 23, 2016



CANADIAN finance minister Mr Bill Morneau announced details of phase 1 of the federal government's new infrastructure plan, which was unveiled as part of the 2016 budget on March 22

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The 2016 budget allocates little in the way of additional funds for beleaguered national passenger operator Via Rail, although the government says it will provide $C 3.3m over three years for "in-depth assessment" of Via Rail's $C 3bn proposal for high-frequency services on the Toronto - Ottawa - Montreal corridor; $C 7.7m in the current financial year to fund "pre-procurement activities" for new rolling stock, level crossing safety enhancements, and station security; and $C 34m to modernise stations and maintenance facilities
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 05:47 PM   #464
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Fire on railway bridge near Mayerthorpe, Alberta dominates in the headlines around the world. That bridge served Canadian National railway tracks:

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 06:49 AM   #468
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Terrible about the bridge. And that train! I'd forgotten how long some of them are out West.
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First refurbished Polar Bear Express coach unveiled
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CANADA’s premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the first of 16 refurbished Polar Bear Express passenger coaches in North Bay on August 12

Ontario has invested $C 17m ($US 13.2m) in the Polar Bear Express upgrade to modernise a rail service that provides an essential link in the north. It is the only year-round ground transport link connecting Cochrane with Moosonee and the James Bay Coast

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Possible futures for the CP Rail line in downtown Calgary

Dig it up. Bury it. Turn it into a grand boulevard. Or use rail to create a transit hub[...]
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Via Rail prepares to order new trains
Wednesday, September 21, 2016



IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: CANADIAN inter-city passenger operator Via Rail is moving forward with preparations to procure a new fleet of bi-mode (diesel and electric) trains as part of its $C 4bn plan to upgrade the Toronto – Ottawa – Montreal corridor

CEO Mr Yves Desjardins-Siciliano told IRJ at InnoTrans on September 21 that Via Rail is seeking to acquire a proven design that is “in production or in use today,” with the first trains due to enter service by 2020

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Finally. Its ridiculous how old VIA's fleet is.
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So basically it has to be ALP-45DP's made by Bombardier. Are there any other dual mode locomotives available off the shelf for North American railroads?
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CN reports fourth quarter upturn
Wednesday, January 25, 2017



CANADIAN National Railway (CN) recorded strong growth for the fourth quarter of 2016 with an 8% increase in net income compared with 3% for the full year, while revenue rose by 2% and tonne-km by 4% for the last quarter compared with 5% falls in revenue and tonne-km for the full year

CN’s fourth quarter revenue increased from $C 3.17 in 2015 to $C 3.22bn ($US 2.46bn) in 2016, while full year revenue fell from $C 12.6bn in 2015 to $C 12bn last year. Fourth quarter net income rose from $C 941m in 2015 to $C 1bn compared with an increase for the full year from $C 3.54bn in 2015 to $C 3.64bn in 2016. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) soared by 12% in the fourth quarter and by 6% for the full year

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Fire on railway bridge near Mayerthorpe, Alberta dominates in the headlines around the world. That bridge served Canadian National railway tracks:

Canadian railway is prone to dangers. I can remember the one carrying oil that caught fire in the past.
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Ontario to spend millions on high-speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor

Paul Bliss, CTV News Toronto
Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:23PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:56PM EDT

Ontario is going to spend millions to begin the process of building a high speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor that would cut travel times in half for passengers, CTV News Toronto has learned.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to make the announcement Friday.
Sources say $15 million will be spent on an environmental assessment. During this assessment the first phase will examine design and specifications of the line that will connect Toronto to Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, London and eventually Chatham and Windsor.

The initial phase would see the trains go to London. It is hoped that the high-speed rail would open up vast areas of affordable homes to people who want to work in Toronto but live outside of the city.
A report commissioned by the Ontario government and carried out by former federal transport minister David Collenette examining the feasibility of the line will be released on Friday.
The report estimates there would be 10 million annual riders by the year 2041. Two scenarios are being proposed. The first scenario would see trains travel at a top speed of 300 km/h at a cost of $149 million per kilometre. The other scenario would see trains that travel at a top speed of 250 km/h at a cost of $55 million per kilometre.
Those prices per kilometres are in line with prices of high speed rail lines in Europe.
In this plan, the Ontario government would seek out private financing and private partners while working with VIA Rail and Metrolinx. As well, a new government body is planned to oversee design and implementation of high speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor.

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