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CPR cites six branch lines as abandonment candidates


Canadian Pacific Railway has added six branch lines to its list of abandonment candidates as part of an update to the railroad’s three-year network plan.

The candidates are a 62.8-mile line between Rathwell and Page, Manitoba; 3.7-mile line between Aldersyde and High River, Alberta; and an 82.5-mile line between Stoughton and Whitmore, 53.8-mile line between Mossbank Junction and Hodgeville, 28.1-mile line between Luseland and Macklin, and 17.1-mile line between Hatton and Golden Prairie, Saskatechewan.

Registering the lines in the three-year network plan is the first step in a federally mandated process for discontinuing lines. Under Canada Transportation Act provisions, lines slated for abandonment must first be offered for sale to short lines and then to governments before a railroad can abandon a branch. Unless new rail operators are found, CPR will be allowed to abandon the lines.