Thunder Rail

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Thunder Rail


M-420 2004 of Thunder Rail at Arborfield, Thunder Rail HQ
Reporting mark TRR
Locale Northern Saskatchewan, Canada
Dates of operation 2005 (2005)Present
Predecessor Carlton Trail Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 19.5 miles (31.4 km)
Headquarters Arborfield, Saskatchewan
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Thunder Rail is a short line railway located in the North East region of Saskatchewan, with its headquarters located in the community of Arborfield. The line came into being when Carlton Trail Railway decided to abandon the line due to its isolated proximity from their headquarters in Prince Albert. CTRW worked with the community of Arborfield to ensure the line would not be removed, but instead could be owned and operated by the residents of Arborfield. In March 2005 Thunder Rail came into existence, utilizing former Providence and Worcester Railroad M-420R(W) locomotive #2004.

Saskatchewan Province of Canada

Saskatchewan is a prairie and boreal province in western Canada, the only province without a natural border. It has an area of 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 sq mi), nearly 10 percent of which is fresh water, composed mostly of rivers, reservoirs, and the province's 100,000 lakes.

Arborfield, Saskatchewan Town in Saskatchewan, Canada

Not to be confused with the original Arborfield in England.

Carlton Trail Railway

The Carlton Trail Railway is a shortline railway with its headquarters in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. It is operated by OmniTRAX, an American transportation company in Denver, Colorado. Carlton Trail has been operating on ex-Canadian National track since Dec 8, 1997; however, after the acquisition of the branch line CTRW also purchased from CN the Birch Hills-Fenton-Prince Albert branch line in 2001. Since the closure of the pulp mill in 2006, Carlton Trail has typically adhered to a schedule of twice weekly rail service, hauling approximately 2000 carloads per year. According to OmniTrax president Darcy Brede, when the mill reopens in 2014, the railway will begin six days a week service, hauling approximately 3000 carloads a year.

The track is predominantly used for hauling grain products like wheat, oats, barley, alfalfa pellets and more recently canola products. Customers include CanPro Ingredients Ltd., Arborfield Grain Producers and any farmer that wishes to load producer cars on the line. Thunder Rail also provides railcar storage on many seldom used spurs. [1]

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  1. "Thunder Rail Ltd" . Retrieved 2015-06-22.