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CPR completes first capacity expansion project under $160 million plan


It’s one down and 24 to go for Canadian Pacific Railway. Last week, the Class I completed the first of 25 projects planned under a $160 million capacity expansion program.

CPR built an 8,500- foot track at its Coquitlam yard near Vancouver, British Columbia, to accommodate bulk commodity trains. Crews will use the track to stage trains near the Port of Vancouver until a designated ship arrives. CPR previously staged the trains on sidings.

The Class I plans to expand capacity between the Canadian Prairies and port to move more bulk commodities and Asian export containers. After CPR completes the 25 projects in the fourth quarter, the railroad will operate four additional trains and move more than 400 additional cars daily, increasing train capacity in the region 12 percent.

The projects — most of which are under way — include building and extending sidings, constructing double track, improving signals, and installing staging tracks and track-to-track crossovers.

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