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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 7:26 PM
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And just how long is the shipping season in Churchill, it's measured in weeks and not months.

FYI The port of Thunder Bay only really operates at 30% of capacity so there really is no need for a second port in central Canada~
We can use it to export crude to other markets
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 7:46 PM
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Anything and everything about shipping through Churchill was subsidized, the bottom line is that it is now longer a viable port, look at the geography, how could it be!
Are you looking at a Mercator projection map? Churchill is closer to northern Europe including the UK than is Thunder Bay.
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Are you looking at a Mercator projection map? Churchill is closer to northern Europe including the UK than is Thunder Bay.
A globe and a string works best!
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We can use it to export crude to other markets
The track is most likely too rough for that, plus the cars wouldn't be able to be full. Grain cars to Churchill were only partly filled.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 9:27 PM
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The track is most likely too rough for that, plus the cars wouldn't be able to be full. Grain cars to Churchill were only partly filled.
They did major rehab on the track. Some of the pictures I saw showed a complete re-build of the track bed in areas.
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Yes but a lot of the rail bed is across muskeg and it deteriorates quickly.
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Yes but a lot of the rail bed is across muskeg and it deteriorates quickly.
I think they are employing modern engineering and tech.

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We will see. The entire line wasn't rebuilt, just the flooded bits.
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Would an all season road to Churchill be good for the economy? Or at least a winter road to send supplies especially during the polar bear season. I know a road is expensive. But would it take business away from the railroad?
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Not necessarily. Some goods are safer on the trains than on the trucks. It'd still be nice to extend Highway 6 to Churchill though.
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Ah yay. The Debbie Downer twins are back to poo poo over everything!
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Ah yay. The Debbie Downer twins are back to poo poo over everything!
Just stating facts without being insulting.
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AGT Food and Ingredients is part of the ownership group, so they must see potential in the Port for shipping pulses (lentils, peas, beans, etc) and other crops that they handle.

I would doubt that we would see oil shipments through Churchill given the politics of such things.
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Ah yay. The Debbie Downer twins are back to poo poo over everything!
Actually it's economics and common sense which many in here lack any knowledge of!
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Actually it's economics and common sense which many in here lack any knowledge of!
"Common sense" - what a person cites as evidence when they don't actually have any.
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Would an all season road to Churchill be good for the economy? Or at least a winter road to send supplies especially during the polar bear season. I know a road is expensive. But would it take business away from the railroad?
if they did build a road to churchill it would be from giliam not thompson

and thompson is side spur on the rail line
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"Common sense" - what a person cites as evidence when they don't actually have any.
Could you be more specific please?
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2019, 8:28 PM
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IMO the port of Churchill and associated rail link is critical infrastructure that needs to be maintained - even if this maintenance happens during lean times or when money isn't being made.

We need to continue to take the long road approach with this port. It is far cheaper to maintain it, as compared to abandoning it and then starting from scratch years down the road.

I would even hazard the guess that if this port and rail line are abandoned, it will never make economic sense to ever rebuild them. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. But, as long as its there, there will always be the incentive to use it, or plan to use it - and that will ultimately be to Manitoba's advantage - even if we can't see that now.
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