A Manitoba short line railway has been nationally recognized for its innovative solution to blending biodieselCentral Manitoba Railway (CEMR) didn’t plan to get into biofuel blending — until it saw a good business opportunity headed the wrong way down the tracks. “The railway is a mature business and we’re a short line with 120 miles of track, so where do we grow our business?” said CEMR’s assistant general manager, Sean
Canada’s grain sector has seen momentous changes since the first Fields on Wheels conference 20 years ago. But debating grain transportation policy still tops the agenda. As the annual event’s 20th anniversary was celebrated Dec. 2, speakers offered wildly contrasting views of how the grain transportation is performing and what it needs for the future.
The federal Liberals have thrown their support behind rail shippers lobbying the federal government for regulations to “rebalance” their bargaining power with the railways. But it isn’t the Liberals shippers have to convince, it’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. While shippers can point to the interim report on rail service that concludes substandard rail performance is
0ttawa Watching railway customer Rob Davies and railway spokesman Cliff Mackay debate railway regulation was like watching Abbott and Costello, except this was improv. “I just don’t think regulations create win-win solutions,” Mackay, president of the Railway Association of Canada, said during a panel discussion here Nov. 16 during a grain industry symposium organized by
The rebounding North American economy is boosting the rail sector as can be seen in the first-quarter profits most railways posted this year but the carriers still have a long way to roll before they reach their potential, industry representatives say. “The indicators for 2010 are optimistic,” says John Gray, vice-president of policy and economics
Put a railway representative in front of the Commons agriculture committee and complaints about service and cost aren’t long in coming. Cliff Mackay, President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada, wanted to explain the need for replacing the aging fleet of government grain hopper cars and the importance of letting market requirements shape