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A2A Alaska to Alberta Railway Alaska Railroad to Connect to Lower 48 / CONUS

Post by buddydog » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:48 pm

article in today's anchorage daily news !

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Re: big news for the ARR

Post by DutchRailnut » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:08 pm

chances of happening ................... not in our lifetime.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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A2A Alaska to Alberta Railway

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:56 am

DutchRailnut wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:08 pm
chances of happening ................... not in our lifetime.
WRONG!

https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... ion--57921
Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) and Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corp. (A2A) have signed a master agreement of cooperation calling for the construction of a 1,500-mile connection between ARRC’s system and Canadian railroads that also would link to the lower 48 states.
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Under the agreement’s terms, the two companies will cooperate in applying to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for a right-of-way guaranteed under state law for a rail connection to Canada.

In addition, they will develop a joint operating plan that will specify the new track needed to connect ARRC’s line to Canada, as well as identify work needed to upgrade existing rail facilities, bridges and track on the railroad's 512-mile mainline, which runs from Seward to North Pole.
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Proposal: Alaska RR to Northern Alberta Ry

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:07 pm

https://mustreadalaska.com/alaska-railr ... 1fHF-Po0fE

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.The Alaska Railroad Corporation and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corporation signed a master agreement of cooperation to build a 1,500-mile connection between the Alaska Railroad and Canadian railroads that serve the Lower 48.

The agreement was announced after approval by the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors today.

The two railroad companies will cooperate in applying to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for a right-of-way guaranteed under state law for a rail connection to Canada. They will then develop a joint operating plan that will specify the new track needed to connect Alaska’s rail to Canada, and upgrades needed for rail facilities, bridges, and track on the Alaska Railroad’s line that runs from Seward to North Pole.

The entire project is expected to cost approximately $13 billion..
Is there some Product of Mines or Forests for which rail transportation will present a viable mode?

If rail transportation had a present or future need, the US Army would have built it as part of the Alcan Highway.

Crude moves by pipeline and vessel. No overland transport can begin to match the cost per ton mile of those two modes. Last time I checked, God doesn't assess user fees for the oceans.

This proposal makes MILW Lines West look like a smart move.

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Re: A2A Alaska to Alberta Railway Alaska Railroad to Connect to Lower 48 / CONUS

Post by CarterB » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:04 am

Moving blocks of ice to the South for use in martinis that the proposers drink in quantity??? Or cases of Stoli from Russia for the martinis via the Bering Bridge?
Bring back the Slumbercoaches!!

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Re: A2A Alaska to Alberta Railway Alaska Railroad to Connect to Lower 48 / CONUS

Post by eolesen » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:06 pm

What's the cost differential with marine users switching over to low sulphur fuel grades?... Those rules kick in next year.

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Re: A2A Alaska to Alberta Railway Alaska Railroad to Connect to Lower 48 / CONUS

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:55 pm

Mr. Olesen, the maritime shipping industry could easily end up the weakest link in the global distribution system, if it's not there already.

The emission requirements resulting in use of more costly low sulphur fuel is just one more nail in the (sure hope not coffin - and any stakeholder in railroad industry affairs should hold same).

But despite these mandates, construction of 1500 miles of railroad - even if over mostly "unchallenging" terrain - could hardly be competitive with a right of way that God put there, and again, last time I checked, he doesn't charge user fees for such.

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