Cowford wrote:Maintenance cost, operating cost, equipment cost...Assuming the economy hasn't change since the days of CP, (ceterbis parabis) then theoretically no. But given the fact that the economy has changed, as well as other factors, then this is simply not true. For a time, CDAC was making things work, but given the politics of the railroad, it ultimately declined. Further, CP could have "fought the good fight" in the Maritimes but simply decided to refocus itself on the western part of the country. It was not a money losing venture but had seen several declines.
CP couldn't make it work running two trains each way/day, Iron Roads couldn't make it work running one train each way/day, MMA certainly hasn't been able to make it work running one train each way every other day. How much traffic is Irving generating?