How much intermodal out of SJ is CP actually hauling these days? I don't see the manifest traffic paying the bills, especially once CSX gets access into the area. Perhaps CBR comes back with the high price of crude?
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roberttosh wrote: ↑Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:59 pm I just don't see where or how CP is ever going to generate much more carload freight and what little they have is eventually going to be susceptible to diversion to CSX. I also don't ever envision the container traffic amounting to the big volumes that some have projected. That leaves CBR, Potash and maybe Ethanol as their main development targets. It will likely remain a one daily train in each direction railroad for the foreseeable future.CP is going to add a pair of auto/intermodal trains in 2022. It was supposed to happen earlier but 1.) you have the auto chip shortage which has killed that traffic mostly. CP lined up an import deal to backhaul the empty racks, but again manufacturing of vehicles is way off. And 2.) Maersk has done some tests on a transatlantic call to replace Halifax, which would give enough volumes with the Hapag for the daily dedicated jobs. Not sure the delay on that or if it’s still on the books but I’m being told one more steamship line and the autos bouncing back (remember we’ve seen at times 20-30 racks per train before the shortage). Once Lancaster Logistics is done and the dedicated train you’ll see Canadian Tire domestic business. They’ve run two trials so far, just need a dedicated service for them to move forward.