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CPR considers abandoning two lines per three-year network plan


Canadian Pacific Railway June 27 updated its three-year network plan, which includes the railroad's first step toward its plan to discontinue an 11-mile Cardston subdivision line between Raymond and Magrath, Alberta, and a 28-mile Radville subdivision line between Bengough and Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.

In spring, both lines suffered serious structural failures: In May, a grass fire destroyed a wooden-trestle bridge on the Radville line, and a washout near the Cardston line's east end made the track impassable, according to a prepared statement.

Under Canada Transportation Act provisions, lines identified for discontinuance first must be offered for sale to short lines, and then to governments, before CPR can abandon the lines.

Through its three-year plan, CPR continually evaluates its overall network to monitor branch line viability.

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