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CPR increases capacity to Port of Vancouver

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) recently completed a capacity expansion project near Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The Class I extended the double-tracked mainline by more than 5,200 feet, increasing train-length capacity to 11,000 feet. CPR also reduced blocked crossings by building new crossovers and upgrading signal systems. In addition, the railroad installed more than 3,700 ties, 12,100 feet of rail and 7,800 tons of ballast.

The project is part a $160 million program which includes 25 projects designed to expand capacity along CPR’s western corridor between the Prairies and Port of Vancouver. The expansion projects will enable CPR to move more commodities and resources to the port to meet Asian market demand, and transport goods from the port to U.S. and Canadian customers.

Once all the projects are complete, the railroad will operate an additional four trains daily between the port and prairies.

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