Building the Energy Boom

The breadth of both of the Canadian railway system networks, along with their ability to adapt their track renewal and upgrade plans to meet growing traffic patterns, will allow them to tap into emerging markets. The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) uses current traffic volume and future growth to determine the needs of their rail infrastructure. They have developed a highly efficient supply chain that connects frac sand producers in Wisconsin with fast-growing oil and gas shale basins in the U.S. and Canada. In order to accomplish this, it is upgrading two branch lines. The first is the Barron Subdivision that was transformed from an out-of-service 80-pound line to a 286,000-pound car capacity line. The second is to upgrade the Whitehall subdivision which will allow CN to handle 286,000-pound loads along 74 miles. Canadian Pacific (CP) has shown a progressive increase in growth, from 500 carloads in 2009 to 53,500 carloads in 2012 with estimates to move 70,000 carloads in 2013. The article discusses how CP has taken steps to maintain the track infrastructure, investing over $96 million over regular maintenance programs to upgrade the Bakken network. CP has recently announced a $1.16 billion program to enhance their North American network to meet growth in oil by rail and other business lines.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 54-56
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01484867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2013 12:57PM