us railroads that operated in Canada

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Posted by NorthWest on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:03 PM

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At Sumas, on the Washington/BC border, the Milwaukee and Northern Pacific interchanged with Canadian roads. I don't know if they crossed into Canada there.

I think that they did to switch cars, but that's it.

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, May 18, 2018 8:28 AM

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At Sumas, on the Washington/BC border, the Milwaukee and Northern Pacific interchanged with Canadian roads. I don't know if they crossed into Canada there. 

I think that they did to switch cars, but that's it.

I worked with a Dispatcher (RIP) that at a prior point in his career was a brakeman on the BN in the Seattle area and told stories of operating into Canada and back.

I don't know how much faith to put into his stories as he was also a published sicence fiction author! 

         

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, May 18, 2018 10:02 AM

Great Northern did have its own line into Vancouver from Seattle, prior to May 1, 1971, two round trips of "Internationals" were operated.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Friday, May 18, 2018 7:27 PM

ALL:

I have an answer from Transport Canada: Railroads operating in Canada do not have to be dispatched from Canada. It is my opinion that there was a reason that the GN opted to dispatch from White Rock, BC to Vancouver, BC. In the 1990's the BN moved many dispatchers to Fort Worth. The New Westminster RTC's (dispatchers) were not part of the move for a reason I don't know. I did see some clerical information that excess clerks in Vancouver, BC would not be moved to the US due to immigration issues.

The BNSF and Amtrak Seattle crews are probably examined on the Canadian Operating Rules. I have read the COR and they are similar to the GCOR except that they use different terminalogy then the GCOR. If I have mis-stated any items in the above, please correct me.

Ed Burns

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