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  •  Where are they gonna put the extra trains without (5+ / 0-)

    driving up the costs and availability of other goods that need that rail space?
    A rhetorical question of course, but If it could be done they would have already made it double track thru Fraser Canyon ,which other than the northern route to Prince Rupert (CNR has that line) happens to be the ONLY route.
    As a brakeman for CPR the first time I worked on the coast I was impressed  (& I'm sure it applies to most people riding the passenger train) with their ability to get 'single' track laid thru it, forget two. What that means is that all those sidings up the Canyon (China Bar, Spuzzum-I love that name) will be full of trains getting out of the way because money gets the green light.
    That means more products shipped by trucks, lots of them and it increases the price of shipping.
    Running out of Roberts Bank we never went into a siding coming west (which means with loads of coal) and when I was assigned to the mixed freight trains out of Port Coquitlam (Poco) our trains always went into the 'hole' to make way, and that included passenger trains which as a Class A train were supposed to have the right of way.

    I don't know how they feed that much thru that crowded route without harming all other freight traffic and I wonder how CPR will deal with other shippers, Wheat Pool trains anyone? Those are critical unit trains, for what they deliver and for the economies involved in shipping it. They can't move that much grain by any other manner and plugging up the coastal lines will negatively domino back to the source.
    I didn't mean to rant but only between Mission BC and Roberts Bank will it not be directly in the way of all other rail traffic , but indirectly ALL other traffic will get dispatchers juggling the movement of anything else.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:11:35 PM PST

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