Stills in Motion

Stills in Motion: CN Tracks

Someday the city's train tracks may return to their glory days.

By Dave Harrison
Published April 21, 2016

CN Tracks
CN Tracks

By now you may know that I have a fascination with the railway. My family has always been employed by CN. Someday the tracks may return to their glory days.

Dave Harrison is a Canada Post letter carrier and part-time personal trainer who lives, and occasionally works, in Kirkendall North area.

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By joejoe (anonymous) | Posted April 21, 2016 at 13:51:26

The glory days will arrive when CN agrees to sell the tracks to VIA or GO so passengers can finally take priority over freight ;)

PS Nice pic!

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted April 21, 2016 at 15:30:20

The glory days will return very fast when trucking companies have to pay for the maintenance costs their trucks impose on roads in the same way that railway companies have to pay for the maintenance of their railways.

Ending the unfair competition caused by this huge government subsidy to trucking companies will cause a lot more freight to be carried by rail.

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By Stop pushing your agenda (anonymous) | Posted April 21, 2016 at 19:47:48 in reply to Comment 117807

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By Haveacow (registered) | Posted April 22, 2016 at 09:02:50

To be fair guys, the y days of regional or long distance passenger railroading will come when the railways, regardless of whom it is, figures a way to make up for non cost covering rail lines (the majority of them). That's why every passenger train used to have at the least one mail (RPO Car)and baggage car for packages and mail sorting. That's why significant portions of all railway stations had freight express services and mail handling facilities. It was the loss of the mail and baggage contracts to trucking that did in passenger lines because the passenger carrying portion of the line rarely made money. You can only rely for so long or so much on the tax payer to subsidize money losing rail lines. We have to be honest with ourselves and find someway to pay for it so it can break even. Once that is achieved, those lines will come back in a big way! One question is the picture of that that track near Bayview Junction?

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