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Archive for July 3rd, 2007

Alaska Canada Rail Link

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Alaska Canada Rail Link

A rail connection through Canada would improve the economic security of Alaska and the lower 48 United States by providing both essential supply route redundancy, as well as West Coast container congestion relief with a new Alaska sea/rail port gateway on U.S. soil.

That page also has a link to a map in pdf format, which I found interesting.

It may or may not be significant that BC is not part of the study. Fortune Minerals could be the key player here

Fortune’s Mount Klappan anthracite coal project covers more than 15,000 hectares of contiguous coal licenses straddling the BC Rail right-of-way and roadbed, 150 kilometres northeast of the Port of Stewart and 330 kilometres northeast of the Port of Prince Rupert. The railway right-of-way currently provides road access to the site from Highway 37. Fortune is currently proposing to construct a short-cut truck haulage route in order to transport coal to the Port of Stewart. Currently, the Company is proceeding with the permitting of a 1.5 million tonnes of clean coal per year export metallurgical coal mine producing pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal for the overseas steel industry that was assessed in a positive full feasibility study in 2005
by Marston Canada Ltd.

Here are some pictures of the BC Rail right of way and the wikipedia article has some of the background. I am currently reading “The British Columbia Railway – A Railway Derailed” by Karl M Ruppenthal and Thomas Keast published by UBC in 1979 ISBN 0-919804-14-1

And no doubt the ongoing story of the sale of BC Rail will itself be the subject of a book – and probably quite a racy one judging by Bill Tieleman’s articles so far

Written by Stephen Rees

July 3, 2007 at 10:18 am

Posted in BC Rail, Transportation