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COMPETITION WATCH: CPR beefs up Western capacity

CALGARY, Alta. -- Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) is boosting the capacity of its rail network between the Prairies ...


CALGARY, Alta. — Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) is boosting the capacity of its rail network between the Prairies and the Port of Vancouver.

The railway has finished the first of 25 projects which are part of a $160 million upgrade. The first project was the building of an 8,500 foot long track at CPR’s Coquitlam yard. It will be used for trains hauling bulk commodities destined for ocean-going ships, the company says.

Before the track was built, trains awaiting ship arrival would be staged in sidings, which can now be used as passing lanes thanks to the new staging track.

CPR says the remaining expansion projects are now underway. The railway is increasing capacity so it can move more bulk commodities through the Port of Vancouver to Asian markets. It’s also moving increased volumes of containers arriving in Canada from Asia.

CPR says the projects will increase capacity to accommodate another four trains per day consisting of more than 400 freight cars.


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