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Date: 01/08/20 21:00
Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: thehighwayman

A link to the story about the VIA cancellation between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
Within this is a link to a story from a northern newspaper about the derailment ...
https://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/cn-cancels-passenger-trains-from-prince-rupert-to-prince-george-after-derailment/

 

Will MacKenzie
Dundas, ON



Date: 01/09/20 03:22
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: andersonb109

Not much luck with VIA's remote western trains lately as the Hudson Bay went on the ground last week. Is it just me, or does CN seem to have more derailments than it's U.S. counterparts? Or are they just reported more frequently here? 



Date: 01/09/20 03:39
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: algoma11

Remember Harrison-CN was the first Precision Scheduled railroad he ran, sweat the assets.
The Grimsby sub where I live has not seen a major tie and rail replacement program for 15 years.
Run the hell out of everything, don't do any maintenance and of course your operating ratio will go down.
Dangerous in my mind if your flying down the Grimsby on Via 97 at 60 mph..

Mike Bannon
St Catharines, ON



Date: 01/09/20 07:05
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: MP403

Mike, capex (including track maintenance) is not included in the operating ratio calculation.



Date: 01/09/20 07:07
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: thehighwayman

algoma11 Wrote:
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> Remember Harrison-CN was the first Precision
> Scheduled railroad he ran, sweat the assets.
> The Grimsby sub where I live has not seen a major
> tie and rail replacement program for 15 years.
> Run the hell out of everything, don't do any
> maintenance and of course your operating ratio
> will go down.
> Dangerous in my mind if your flying down the
> Grimsby on Via 97 at 60 mph..

I tend to agree with you Mike ... There is too much focus on what the financial markets want and not enough focus on long-term finacial viability and safety!

 

Will MacKenzie
Dundas, ON



Date: 01/09/20 08:40
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: up833

Thirty Four hoppers of wood pellets.
RB



Date: 01/10/20 03:41
Re: Derailment causes VIA cancellation in northern BC
Author: algoma11

Not sure what CAPEX is MP403 but when Claude Mongeau took over from Harrison he said there was 1.75 Billion in deferred maintenance.
As Will said way too much concentrated on financial metrics. Wick Moorman himself asked the question at NS regarding operating ratios- HOW low is too low !
IMHO the railroads are going to low - 737 Max on rails ! 

Mike Bannon
St Catharines, ON



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