Rail

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

November 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Back in May, I reported that the provincial government had contracted consultant Neil MacNeil to look into the situation of property owners along the disused Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) short line, which is owned and operated by US-based Genesee & Wyoming (G&W). MacNeil’sRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead More

Workin’ on the Railroad

Workin’ on the Railroad

September 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

When governments and public bodies are proud of the deals they’ve brokered or the progress they’ve made on sticky issues or the money they’re allocating for studies and reports, they climb onto the roof of the tallest building they can find and sing their triumphs to an admiring world. WhenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Municipal Affairs Says… I couldn’t help noticing the Cape Breton Post picked up my story about port marketer Albert Barbusci and his reports to CBRM council. The Post‘s take is very much “nothing to see here folks” — the article makes the point, not once but twice (first in a statement,Read More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society http://scotiarail.ca/)

Province Studying High Railway Fees

May 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

The Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) must be the most studied stretch of unused track in the country. The Subdivision was the subject of three different reports (with a total price tag of $152,600) in 2015. It’s to be the subject of a $460,000 studyRead More

Photos of damage to CBNS rail line courtesy of CB Railway Victims Association

As Studies Pile Up, CB Rail Line Deteriorates

May 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

While on the subject of the Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) Railway, which I seem to be again this week, I’d like to take a moment to consider the state of said line. As the Spectator reported in the April 26th edition, the Port ofRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More