WINNIPEG, Man. — A decision is expected today on whether Ferroequus Railway will be granted the right to haul grain on Canadian National (CN) Railway lines.
Ferroequus is hoping to begin hauling grain from Camrose, Alta. and Llyodminster, Sask. to the port at Prince Rupert, B.C. A 1998 report called the Estey report recommended other railways be allowed to use CN and Canadian Pacific (CP) track, but the major railways aren’t too eager to share their lines.
Allowing Ferroequus to run CN line would result in better use of the Prince Rupert port and with a labor dispute bringing the Vancouver Port to a standstill, this would be seen as a positive. If given the go-ahead Ferroequus says it is ready to start hauling 800,000 tonnes of grain each year.
CN, however, says Ferroequus is nothing but a "virtual railway" with no employees or stock.
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