--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@yahoogroups.com, "boxthom" <tbox@...> wrote:
> So a line only automatically requires PTC if it carries passengers
> or PIH/TIH materials AND it carries 5 million tons of freight per
> annum. If it has less than 5 M tons of freight, it's up to the
> Secretary of Transportation to decide whether it should be
> considered a main line, and therefore requiring PTC, or not.
> I have no feel for how much traffic is 5 million tons. Can someone
> give us a few examples of Canadian lines that would be above and
> below that limit? What's the freight tonnage on the Churchill line?
You can get a ballpark idea with a little calculation: 5 million tons per year works out to an average of 13,500 tons a day. A typical freight train is a little over one ton per foot. Therefore, you would need about 13,000 feet of train per day to trip the threshold. The through routes on the northern prairies would qualify, but not the Campbellton line, nor the line north of Thompson to Churchill.
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