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Old July 14th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #121
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My point was, originally, that there are some areas of the U.S. and Canada which are suitable to the use of high speed passenger railway transportation as a form of mass transit; granted, there are fewer in North America than in most of the rest of the world, but as I said before my argument isn't and has never been that all communities in North America should have access to a passenger rail system, just that there are some. What I'm beginning to understand is virtually a knee-jerk reaction from you is that there are no places, beyond those which already heavily utilize passenger rail transport (and even then not always), that are suitable to that form of transportation.
I never denied that certain areas in North America are suitable for high-speed rail. That is beyond dispute, it is a fact, if you consider the engineering aspects of it only, especially when confronting with other forms of insulated transportation like airlines.

The whole discussion goes down for who pays for it, and how to implement such structures without obliging people to live close to it in a plot to make-use-of-what-we-just-built.

However, in this and other forums, I routinely read people complaining that transcontinental passenger railway transportation from Vancouver to Halifax is a must and should cost less then flights - never mind the multiple days it takes to complete the trip.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #122
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I never denied that certain areas in North America are suitable for high-speed rail. That is beyond dispute, it is a fact, if you consider the engineering aspects of it only, especially when confronting with other forms of insulated transportation like airlines.

The whole discussion goes down for who pays for it, and how to implement such structures without obliging people to live close to it in a plot to make-use-of-what-we-just-built.

However, in this and other forums, I routinely read people complaining that transcontinental passenger railway transportation from Vancouver to Halifax is a must and should cost less then flights - never mind the multiple days it takes to complete the trip.
Well rest assured, I am not and have not been one of those people, nor do I intend to become one. Frankly, it's one of my concerns with passenger rail: that it'll be expected to cover large distances in plane-rivaling time, and when it fails people will put it down to passenger rail being an ineffective means of travel, rather than there being too much asked of it.

In regard to your second statement, I know your idea is to have the government build the railroads and the private sector operate the trains, but the analogy to roads and cars isn't perfect. After all, the idea of mass transit is that the system isn't operated by individuals, whereas cars obviously are. Is the idea to get politics out of the construction of an HSR system? Because I can tell you now that that, and all such efforts to separate the state and market, is hopeless; no private firm is going to put so much capital into such a risky long-term bet, and the government would be stupid to forgoe the potential recuperation of construction costs.

Also, in regard to the second part of your second statement, haven't you essentially suggested just that, albeit from the private market? Specifically, you've suggested (in other threads) that rail stations ought to be built outside of city centers to save on land acquisition costs, and new developments should be built around them to encourage populating the area? Or are the key words here "oblige" vs. "encourage"?
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Old July 14th, 2011, 11:46 PM   #123
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Can we try to have one thread without the rail vs. road debate please and try to keep things more focused on Canadian rail? Thank you.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 03:52 AM   #124
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Could it be that Canada's constructing its first hydraulic buffer?!


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Another shot shows how sand bags suffice


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Old July 22nd, 2011, 03:48 AM   #126
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The fleet of cars found on the first two trains were built with smaller dimensions so that they could fit in the twin tunnel portals, which each have a length of about 100 metres Plus none of the fleet has been assigned to the Mount Royal tunnels, probably won't for another --errr-- seven years
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 03:51 AM   #127
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Bonne fête, les chemins de fer canadiens - Happy Birthday, Canadian Railways!

Today --21 July-- is the 175th anniversary of railway history in Canada! First railway was between Laprairie (on greater Montreal's South Shore) and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (then named St. John []).


Exporail had an open house today
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Old July 26th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #128
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The Globe and Mail
July 24, 2011
CN's Alberta strategy adds to growth
By BRENT JANG
TRANSPORTATION REPORTER

In Canadian National Railway Co.'s CNR-T expansion strategy, it's good to be Alberta bound.

The country's largest railway, which will release its second-quarter financial results on Monday, is counting on Alberta to help propel its long-term growth.

By late summer, Montreal-based CN plans to start construction of a sprawling terminal northeast of Calgary, budgeting $200-million for the "logistics park."

The mandate of the 275-hectare site in Rocky View County, 10 kilometres from Calgary International Airport, is to handle "intermodal freight," or goods transported inside standardized metal containers that are readily transferred between trains and trucks. There will also be plenty of room for warehouse distribution centres.

Terminal construction is slated for completion by the end of next year and set to open in early 2013, with Calgary serving as an important hub for consumer and industrial products going in and out of southern Alberta, said CN spokesman Mark Hallman.

For CN, it's the latest in a series of projects in Alberta. The freight carrier bought four short-line railways in 2006-07 for $76-million. Since then, CN has spent $260-million on upgrading its northern Alberta network and is allocating a further $45-million for improvements in 2011.

There are also other investments in the resource-rich province such as double-tracking segments of the busy CN line east of Edmonton.

CN has been supporting petroleum and chemicals customers with efficient transportation, as well as speeding up grain and coal shipments in Alberta, Mr. Hallman said.

Salman Partners analyst Jayson Moss noted that among major North American railways, CN enjoyed the fastest growth in freight traffic in the second quarter - a 4.4-per-cent improvement in volume year-over-year, measured in carloads.

In the second quarter, "growth was seen across all commodity groups, with particular strength in metals and minerals, forest products and intermodal," Mr. Moss said in a research report. "Intermodal volume growth can be attributed to strong domestic traffic, as well as higher international traffic through the ports of Prince Rupert, Vancouver, and Montreal."

He added that "CN continues to operate soundly, posting steady growth in carload volumes and strong operational performance metrics."

Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., CP-T which issues its second-quarter results on Wednesday, has been hurt by spring flooding in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota.

Despite the challenges, especially CP's flood-related delays last month, "we continue to believe the long-term outlook for the Canadian railroads looks bright," Raymond James Ltd. analyst Steve Hansen said in a research note. "Economic growth in key emerging markets such as China also remains robust, which supports solid export activity."
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Old July 26th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #129
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This kind of rah-rah story's BS it says nought for your average Cdn

Makes me wonder if the country'll ever grow up
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Old August 11th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #130
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A big CPR freight yard in Port Coquitlam:

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the turntable's a peculiar feature for a young yard
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Retro is all the rage in freightyards these days.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 08:22 PM   #132
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Rising costs derail Train de l'Est project

Price tag for long-awaited commuter line soars to $665 million, report says


Yet yesterday's news reported $4.1 billion being spent this year for roadworks, with many further $ billions spent prior years
Quebec being the spender
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #133
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CN Railway revenues up 8%
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Posted: Jul 25, 2011 4:46 PM ET

Canadian National Railway Co. said Monday its net profits rose slightly in the latest quarter on an eight per cent increase in revenues.

Canada's biggest railway reported it earned $538 million or $1.18 a diluted share in the three months ended June 30. That was up from $534 million or $1.13 a year earlier.

Revenues at Montreal-based CN rose eight per cent to $2.26 billion from just under $2.1 billion.

Meanwhile, carloadings increased four per cent and revenue ton-miles — a measure of railway operations — rose five per cent.

The latest results included a net deferred income tax expense of $40 million resulting from the enactment of state corporate income tax rate changes and other legislated state tax revisions in the United States, where CN has major operations.

Operating ratio in line

Excluding the net deferred income tax expense, adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter rose to $1.26 from $1.13. That was slightly above analyst expectations.

CN's operating ratio, a measure of operating efficiency, was 61.3 per cent, in line with the operating ratio of 61.2 per cent for second-quarter of 2010.

"CN delivered a solid second-quarter performance as a result of continued improvements in freight volumes and strong operational execution," president and CEO Claude Mongeau said in a release after stock markets closed Monday.

"CN railroaders responded quickly and effectively to a series of weather challenges including floods, forest fires and mudslides. Their tireless efforts and dedication helped to protect the integrity of our network, the reliability of the supply chain we serve and our service to customers."

Mongeau said that all of CN's commodity groups posted revenue gains during the quarter. Intermodal — CN's largest revenue segment — was a bright spot, benefiting principally from higher import volumes over the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, B.C. and increased domestic retail shipments.

Total intermodal volumes rose 10 per cent and intermodal revenues increased 14 per cent.

CN was expected to earn $1.25 per share on $2.26 billion of revenues in the second quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

That's up from $1.13 per share on $2.1 billion of revenues a year earlier.

North American railroads were affected by extensive flooding throughout the quarter caused substantial detouring.

However, CN beat its peers with higher average train speeds and reduced time in terminals.

U.S. railroad volumes were up 3.1 per cent, compared to 0.9 per cent for Canadian railways.

Still, CN had the highest volume growth in the industry during the quarter. Overall carloads were up 4.4 per cent from a year ago, while total volumes increased 5.4 per cent.

The improvement was driven by stronger volumes in metals (up 10.8 per cent), intermodal (up 9.1 per cent) and agricultural products (up 7.8 per cent).

Industry intermodal volumes surpassed 2008 levels at an average of 313,426 units per month in the second quarter, with four of six railroads posting increased volumes.

Agricultural products volumes posted the biggest recovery from a year ago, driven by U.S. railroads. Canadian industry volumes were almost flat, increasing by 1.6 per cent.
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Hey! how about you dig up an article for all of us here regarding the status of CN being sued for slavery reparations coz the business-performance reports you tend to fancy sharing yield nought
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Hey! how about you dig up an article for all of us here regarding the status of CN being sued for slavery reparations coz the business-performance reports you tend to fancy sharing yield nought
Don't think some lawsuit can help readers understand Canadian railways more than a detailed financial report. Maybe you can find what you need in the Skybar.
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What would you know about anybody's necessities Besides, it's Canada's American railways constituting the bull's eye, thereby having nothing to do with the railways of the federation you wish to relate

Please, either roughly or precisely, what's compeling about the articles you share upon the boards round here? Overall, what might it be about them that you wish us readers to be relating to/identifying with
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What would you know about anybody's necessities Besides, it's Canada's American railways constituting the bull's eye, thereby having nothing to do with the railways of the federation you wish to relate

Please, either roughly or precisely, what's compeling about the articles you share upon the boards round here? Overall, what might it be about them that you wish us readers to be relating to/identifying with
Don't think it's a surprise or mind-blowing Canadian and American rail networks are somehow connected in the grand scheme of things. After all, there is so much trade happening across the border.

It's important to understand how Canadian rail firms perform in a Canadian railway thread. Perhaps you should offer your insight on why a Canadian operator's results are not relevant in a Canadian railway thread?
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Are you truly that incapable of relating your wish to us or are you simply all about stock-options-speak (should your subsequent reply be unsatisfactory, then you'd become the fourth forummer [in three years] to be consigned to my Ignore List)?!?
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Seems this type of fine is nothing new and have existed for ages. However, their PR campaign has worked now that these fines are news-worthy headlines.

CN fining Sussex train tracks trespassers
CBC News
Posted: Aug 18, 2011 7:49 PM AT

An effort to stop people from crossing railroad tracks in Sussex, N.B., is meeting local opposition.

CN Rail has recently stepped up enforcement against people crossing the tracks at non-designated places. It has recently issued 11 fines of $124 and 80 warnings.

But locals and members of the town council questioned the tactic.

Resident Jerry Howe said it was not fair.

"It's not like we're going to be running on the tracks. We're just crossing to get somewhere," he said Thursday.

A teenager from the area was killed at the tracks two years ago after getting too close to a passing train.

CN said it's trying to prevent those kinds of deaths by taking action against trespassers.

Gary Fulton, a councillor in the area, said he supports the rail line's intentions, but doesn't agree with how it is being done.

"I'm personally quite dismayed," he said. "It would have been logical for the railway to come to town, inform council so we could use a PR exercise to get the word out to people."

He also said as most offenders mean no harm, fines may not be the best strategy.

A spokesperson for CN said its staff were also in schools to raise awareness about railroad safety.
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"Ages" For crying out loud, it's forever been like this! The federal Railway Act privileges railway owners by not obliging them to be, e.g., installing footbridges, etc., etc. Might you regard your slanted corporate articles as to be serving as adjustments for Canadian culture around this federation as we know it?!?

Crummy quality to your coffee, eh? Really, your moderator privileges ought to be revoked
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