Friday, May 15, 2009

CN and partner acquire Ontario tourist train

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Canadian National and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. (SSMEDC) announced Friday an agreement to acquire locomotives and passenger cars to re-equip the Agawa Canyon Tour Train that runs north of The Sault, Ontario, into Canadian Shield country.

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CN, the operator of the tour train, is acquiring three Electro-Motive F-40 locomotives, eight coaches, two café/lounge cars, three club cars and a presentation coach from Ansco Investment Co. of Denver. Fleet renewal will include the refurbishment of the Ansco cars, as well as two existing CN passenger dome cars.  The re-equipped train will accommodate more than 900 people, with passenger car upgrades including improved handicap accessibility.

CN and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) , an agency of the Ontario government, are jointly funding the C$10 million (US$8.5 million) fleet renewal project. CN hopes to introduce the fleet into service in mid-June, and complete all necessary refurbishment "during the coming season."