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2/15/2006



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

CPR to shutter Thunder Bay intermodal facility in late April



On April 28, Canadian Pacific Railway will close its container terminal in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Because of declining pulp and paper business in the area, the terminal’s container volume has decreased the past several years. In 2005, the facility handled a daily average of fewer than 10 containers. CPR officials expect volume to further decrease after Cascades Fine Papers Group closes its Thunder Bay plant and Bowater Inc. reduces production.

The closing won’t impact any railroad jobs — the Class I will continue to employ 375 workers at the Thunder Bay rail yard and rail-car repair facility, CPR said. However, the closing will affect five employees from two contractors who work at the terminal.

CPR will continue to operate 19 intermodal terminals throughout its system. The railroad currently has no redevelopment plans for the Thunder Bay terminal’s eight-acre site.


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