GRAND OPENING FOR SASKATCHEWAN’S 13TH SHORTLINE
Long Creek Railroad Opens in Southeast Saskatchewan
Back row from left to right: Long Creek Railroad President Glenn Pederson, Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris; front row from left to right: Wayne Carten of Canadian Pacific, Reeve Dallas Pederson of the Rural Municipality of Souris Valley No. 7.
Oct. 2, 2012 - Saskatchewan's 13th shortline railway - the Long Creek Railroad (LCRR) - was officially opened today by Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris.
"To ensure Saskatchewan continues to grow, our government is proud to play a supporting role in growing an export-based economy through investments like shortline rail," McMorris said. "Shortline railways provide shippers with another option to move goods and reduce truck traffic on our highways. They also support economic development in rural Saskatchewan."
"We have developed a business plan that will focus on providing rail service to existing and future agribusiness and producer car shippers and the oil industry," Long Creek Railroad President Glenn Pederson said. "This has been a collaborative process and we're thankful the Government of Saskatchewan has provided us with support. We're confident we'll be able to move goods to port using a cost-effective approach."
"Canadian Pacific acknowledges the support of the Province of Saskatchewan in assisting the Long Creek Railroad becoming the owner of this railway line," Canadian Pacific General Manager of Gateways and Government Affairs Jason Copping said. "CP values our relationship with shortline operations across our network in helping to drive the North American economy and we are looking forward to working with the LCRR as the grain and oil markets grow."
With the opening of the Long Creek Railroad, Saskatchewan has 13 shortlines and more than 2,000 km of provincially-regulated track.