The Interchange Blog

Small Saskatchewan Town a Testing Ground for Rail Innovation 

Unity, Saskatchewan (population 2600) is like many towns that dot the landscape of the Canadian Prairies. It’s located at the intersection of two highways. It’s also at the junction of two rail lines. The telecommunications tower at Unity’s rail station is serving as a test site for a concept seeking to support the continuous improvement process of rail reliability and efficiency. In this case, the focus is to improve advanced rail communications in rural and remote Canada.

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Associate Member Profile | Wabtec

Wabtec is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services for the freight and transit rail sectors. Offering “transportation solutions that move and improve the world,” Wabtec has more than 27,000 employees working in more than 50 countries. The company calls its employees “architects of the future.” And innovation is at the core of a value system aimed at “raising the bar for safety, quality, talent, and value.”

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Member Profile | Essex Terminal Railway

An innovative approach to track inspections by Essex Terminal Railway (ETR) is proving not only that a picture is worth a thousand words, but also that visual reports can save time, money, and even lives.

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Member Profile | Metrolinx

RAC member Metrolinx is undertaking the largest transportation investment in Ontario’s history to get you where you need to go better, faster, easier, while also operating GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO. In April 2019, the Ontario government announced the creation of the Ontario Line, a new subway route.

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Member Profile | Tshiuetin Rail Transportation, Inc.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation, Inc. is a Railway Association of Canada member that is making history with every trip. Created by the First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Matimekush-Lac John and Kawawachikamach, Tshiuetin is the first railway in Canada to be entirely Indigenous-owned. Tshiuetin offers critical rail services between Sept-Îles, Québec, Emeril Junction, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Schefferville, Québec. James Berubé is the Director of Operations for Tshiuetin.

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Associate Member Profile | BCIT School of Transportation’s Railway Training

While BCIT is one of three providers of post-secondary railway training in Canada, the school is the only one with its own certified, operational railway. It is also the first to divide the Railway Association of Canada (RAC)’s rail curriculum into three distinct courses for part-time study.

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Associate Member Profile | Drain-All Ltd.

Drain-All is headquartered in Ottawa with operating facilities in both Ottawa and Napanee, Ontario. Yet, as a trusted member of the Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance, crews are sometimes called to go further afield – on their own or to support other contractors.

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Member Profile | Cando Rail & Terminals Ltd.

When it comes to sustainability, ‘can-do’ isn’t just a name, it’s an ethos. Brandon-based Cando Rail Services got its start as a rail salvage company and found success in making all that was old new again. In 1978, Cando’s co-founder, Gord Peters, quit an oilfield job when he and partner Rick Hammond found a neat niche: ripping old rail track out of abandoned lines across rural Canada, and repurposing it in environmentally responsible ways.

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