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10/4/2004



Rail News: Maintenance Of Way

CPR increases capacity to move more export grain



Next month, Canadian Pacific Railway plans to begin moving 20 percent more grain from North Dakota and Minnesota elevators to Pacific Northwest ports because of recent track improvements. The Class I expects to move 2 million more bushels, increasing its monthly total to 13 million bushels.

CPR is spending about $8 million to improve track and expand capacity in North Dakota and British Columbia. The improvements include:
• realigning yard tracks in Cranbrook, B.C., to prepare for the construction of two 7,200-foot staging tracks;
• building a 10,000-foot staging track in Kingsgate, B.C., to aid border crossings;
• extending two yard tracks 8,500 feet in Portal, N.D.; and
• reconfiguring yard tracks in Enderlin, N.D., to increase switching capacity.

The Class I also modified locomotives to make more units available to move grain from British Columbia to Idaho, where CPR interchanges with Union Pacific Railroad. In addition, UP trained additional engineers and conductors to handle more grain moves with CPR.

"We had a joint team this summer that made improvements in planning and communication on the CPR-UP corridor," said CPR Director of Grain James Clements in a prepared statement.


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