Canadian Pacific Railway aims to be able to run 11 percent longer trains by 2013 through new and expanded siding in “several key regions.”
The Calgary, Alberta-based railroad said longer trains will reduce fuel consumption, capital maintenance and labor costs, while improving safety and efficiency. CP currently operates intermodal trains up to 12,000 feet, a 40 percent increase since 2008.
“Longer trains allow CP to respond to volume variability without adding extra train starts or leaving business behind, thus improving service for our customers,” said Mike Franczak, executive vice president of operations.
He said previous siding improvements on the western end of the railroad’s network have allowed CP to run 20 percent longer potash trains and 18 percent longer coal trains.