Friday, December 09, 2011

Dalhousie Subdivision Saved!

CanadaEast is reporting that the Port of Dalhousie and CN have come to an agreement to retain the Dalhousie railway subdivision.

You may remember that the last Dalhousie local ran in the summer of 2008, shortly after the last customer closed. The line was offered for sale in June 2009.

The agreement between the Port and CN is confidential but Port manager Brian Hyslop said "if we exercise the options in there, we have rail service for the next 21 years."

The Port has leased the line, but CN will operate and maintain it.

Good news. The next task is for the Port to get some traffic onto the line to justify their investment.


DRC in Bathurst said...

There is a major teardown of the bowater mill going on and the have a large woodchip pile to remove but cant forsee what will come into there that will require rail service?? Dalhousie resembles a ghostown now.

Canadian Train Geek said...

I think it's all about the Port about the Port at this point. Maybe some industry will go into the former Bowater property too. The key is to preserve the line against potential future business.