Return to Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online
Discussion Boards
Please click to visit our sponsor
It is currently October 17, 2021, 8:57 am

FAQ | Instructions | Help
Search for:



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 30, 2021, 2:02 am 
CPRs loss in CNRs gain win some loose some, re: saint john, n.b.


Report this post
Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 29, 2021, 7:50 pm 
I wonder if the rail line out to Prince Rupert is at full capacity All the containers in and out of PR are by rail The Ridley island coal terminal is busy CN recently got a big coal contract that CP had Instead of going to Roberts bank the coal is handed over to CN at Kamloops and taken to PR It’s becoming a busy port


Report this post
Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 25, 2021, 8:34 pm 
in the 70s or 80s the aquatrain barge use to go to ketchikan, alaska from prince rupert, b.c. correct me if im wrong but the current president of algoma central had something to do with the operations


Report this post
Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 25, 2021, 3:00 pm 
Maybe the ships will be used in other locations, possibly on a Great Lake.


Report this post
Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 25, 2021, 2:54 pm 

Joined: December 6, 2014, 3:43 pm
Posts: 1083
By my count that leaves five active railroad car ferry operations left in North America:

1) Matane to Baie Comeau and occasionally Matane to Pointe Noire (Sept Iles) operated by Canadian National. https://sopor.ca/en/our-facilities/

2) Greenville NJ to Bay Ridge NY (New York Harbor) run by NYNJ Rail, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. They purchased two new carfloats within the past 5 years or so and rely on contracted tugs. https://nynjr.com/

3) Mobile AL to Coatzacoalcoso Mexico trainferry, operated by CG Railway, which is a joint venture between Genesse and Wyoming and SEACOR. Their future looks pretty secure since they just ordered two new ferries. https://gwrr.com/railroads/north_america/cg-railway#m_tab-one-panel

4) Seattle WA to Whittier Alaska railbarge service operated by Alaska Marine Lines (a Lyden company), using tugs provided by Western Towboat. http://www.lynden.com/aml/

5) Annacis Island (Vancouver) BC to Nanaimo BC (on Vancouver Island) operated by Seaspan. They also ferry rail cars to serve several isolated coastal pulp mills. https://www.seaspan.com/fleet/rail-barges


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Aquatrain ends service
Unread postPosted: May 25, 2021, 2:53 pm 

Joined: December 6, 2014, 3:43 pm
Posts: 1083
This isn't Great Lakes related, but I know quite a few visitors here still have an interest in railroad car ferries.

The June 2021 Railfan and Railroad Magazine reports that CN's Aquatrain service between Prince Rupert BC and Whittier Alaska ended service in April. It had run for more than 55 years and had been operated by Foss Maritime for much of that time. The current barge, Aquatrain (425'x100'x21'), was built in 1982 specifically for the run.

Here are some links about the operation which is still listed on both the CN and Foss websites:

CN (pdf datasheet download)

Foss Aquatrain webpage

Oil-Electric historical info

Drone footage

On board footage


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Return to Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping  
Copyright Boatnerd.com All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Use of this site is based on the Terms of Use
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group