CP WILL DISCONTINUE
41-MILE RAIL LINE
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - After failing to find a willing buyer, Canadian Pacific Railway Co. said Wednesday it will immediately discontinue service on a 41-mile rail line between Wallace and Crane Valley, Saskatchewan.
The move, which is in accordance with the Canada Transportation Act, is part of a trend among Canada's major freight carriers to reduce and rationalize their traditional networks. CP said its attempts to find private-sector or government buyers have not succeeded.
The railroad said in April under its three-year network plan that the line was a candidate for discontinuance due to a continued decline in traffic. The line was previously offered for sale to short-line operators and then to provincial and municipal governments.
Calgary-based CP operates 15,500 miles of track in Canada and the United States.
ANSALDO SIGNAL SUBSIDIARY
WINS CHINA TRANSIT BIDS
HONG KONG - Ansaldo Signal said that its French subsidiary, CSEE Transport SA, won contracts from the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corp. and from the Shenyang Railway Administration in China.
In Hong Kong, CSEE won a contract to supply a new station management system. CSEE will be the main contractor with KM Luk and MITS Ltd., with which Ansaldo Signal signed a strategic alliance.
In China, CSEE, through its joint venture with Beijing Railway Signal Factory, won a contract to supply Ansaldo Signal's track circuit product on a stretch of railway between Shenyang and Shanhaiguan. Half of the equipment will be made by CSEE in France in partnership with BRSF, which will produce the second half in China.
Georges Dubot, CSEE's managing director, said the contracts were the latest in a string of export contracts, including those with China Norinco and with Railtrack.
2 SHORT-LINE RAIL EXPERTS
TO TALK AT TRANSPORT LUNCH
WASHINGTON - William E. Loftus and Raymond Chambers, both presidents of short-line railroad organizations that recently merged to become the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, will address the Transportation Table luncheon Friday at the National Press Club. Their topic is ''Short line railroads - the opportunities ahead.'' The luncheon is sponsored by The Journal of Commerce and Traffic World magazine. Contact: Lois Brown, (202) 783-1101.
AIR CHINA, SWISSAIR REACH
PACT ON FLIGHT INCREASES
BEIJING - Air China and Swissair reached agreement on increasing the number of flights between the two countries. Starting March 29, Air China will double its flights to two a week, while Swissair will go from three weekly to four.
Air China will also take part in promotions offered by Swissair in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
MALAYSIA AIRPORT TO OPEN
FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS IN MAY
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's $3.46 billion replacement airport serving the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will open for charter flights in May and commercial operations in June, the semiofficial Bernama news agency said, quoting the finance minister.