CPR wants to abandon branch.... Shipper says no way... Shipper wins

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CPR wants to abandon branch.... Shipper says no way... Shipper wins
Posted by Miningman on Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:35 PM

Nepheline Synite Mine served by the Nephton Branch, a 'new' branch constructed in the 50's to serve the Mine. Low volumes prompted Canadian Pacific to abandon the branch, offering alternative trucking solution to railhead far away. Mine owner, having some clout because much shipping from other sites throughout Canada tells CP to forget about that plan, we want the trains. 

So kind of a reverse branchline abandonment. Did not happen.

This scene shows the rugged beauty of the area around the mine and crusher at Nephton. 
This day, April 21, 2005, switching is being carried out by the Havelock-Nephton job 
using typical power, two GP38-2's with a pair of GP9's between themJim Moloney

Spanner February-March 1955


8231_8208_8200 ready to depart with 19 empties for the mines. Havelock Yard February 3, 2005 

Heading north at Mile 9.98 Nephton Subdivision. Same day. 



8168, 8144 and 8145 were headed for the west end of the Havelock yard prior to backing down on their consist for 
the run to the mines at Nephton and Blue Mountain. There were 22 cars which included a Pacific Fruit Express reefer. 

Keith Hansen Tuesday April 1st 1975 

Sorry Spanner Article got cut off... here is the link which I should have posted instead Spanner February-March 1955 Brand new RS-10 8481 built 4/28/1955 hauled loads depicted in article. However, the first loads actually left the mine December 20, 1954.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, February 04, 2019 10:07 AM

Is the mine operator willing to pay a higher compensatory rate to CP for continuing operation of a branch that has apparently been operating at a loss?

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul


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