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12/19/2002



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CPR, Cando Contracting reach deal that'll expand short line's operation


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On Dec. 17, Canadian Pacific Railway and Cando Contracting Ltd. reached an agreement under which CPR will sell and/or lease to Cando 32 acres adjacent to its North Transcona Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The deal would enable Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) to centralize and expand its operations.


Cando, a short-line holding company that owns 118-mile CEMR, plans to construct an office complex, locomotive re-fueling depot, engine-storage and repair building and a road/rail transfer facility on CPR's land.


The holding company also will acquire from CPR 4.6 miles of storage and switching tracks, and build a 2,000-foot line to connect CEMR's Pine Falls subdivision to the yard.


Under agreement terms, the short line also will haul traffic from a Bird’s Hill oil refinery to a CPR interchange in North Transcona.


"Modern facilities, fluid rail connections and access to a transcontinental rail network are all right there," said Don Campbell, CPR vice president of business development, in a prepared statement. "North Transcona is a model for how short lines and larger railways can work together to deliver economic benefits to a community."


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