Monday, July 09, 2012

CN beefs up B.C. North Line capacity

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Canadian National announced that it will build five extended sidings this year as part of a multiyear C$155 million program to expand capacity in the Edmonton, Alta.-Prince Rupert, B.C., corridor.

This will being to 21 the number of new sidings constructed since 2004 to handle 12,000 foot trains on the B.C. North Line.

CN noted that in 2011 this line handled more than half a million freight carloads and intermodal units, and said it expects that by that by 2015 traffic on the route could nearly double.

Keith Creel, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: "CN's sizable investments in rail infrastructure in northern B.C. and western Alberta are helping us accommodate growing import-export traffic moving between the Port of Prince Rupert, the B.C. interior and major centers across CN's network in Canada and the United States. The  investments will also help us better move rising export coal volumes from existing and new mines in the region to Ridley Terminals at Prince Rupert, whose handling capacity is expected to double by the end of 2014 to 24 million tonnes."