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6/9/2003



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Hudson Bay Railway to rebuild electric utility's spur under first-ever track-maintenance contract


Hudson Bay Railway recently received a contract from Manitoba Hydro to rebuild the electric utility's 14-mile rail spur in Manitoba, Canada.


The project includes upgrading track, grading, installing culverts and geotextiles to improve track stability, widening the rail-bed bank and replacing rail.


"Winning this contract speaks to the expertise that we have developed in track maintenance over the years and marks our entrance into a new line of business," said Darcy Brede, vice president of Canadian rail operations for Hudson Bay Railway owner OmniTRAX Inc., in a prepared statement.


The 810-mile short line plans to employ a 19-member crew — including five new hires — logging 9,100 man-hours to complete the project by late August.


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