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CP transports heavy transformers from Minnesota to Alberta


Canadian Pacific recently transported its heaviest-ever dimensional cargo via a direct, single-line move from the Port of Duluth-Superior in northern Minnesota to western Canada.  
The Class I moved two German-made, 300-ton dimensional transformers, which arrived from Rotterdam at a Duluth terminal on Nov. 5. A nine-car train — which included one 20-axle and one 16-axle car — left Duluth Nov. 9 to travel 1,200 miles to Lethbridge, Alberta, where the transformers will be installed and eventually power the Montana Alberta Tie Line.
Two years ago, CP upgraded bridges in Minneapolis-St. Paul to accommodate the movement of oversized/dimensional cargo through Duluth.

The Port of Duluth handles dimensional freight for a number of energy-related projects, including nearly 1 million freight tons of wind turbine components that have been delivered to several countries, including the United States and Canada, port officials said in a prepared statement.

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