Comment 78784

By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted June 21, 2012 at 21:59:09 in reply to Comment 78752

A yard is required ... but not necessarily there. There's lots of vacant industrial land around the steel mills.

There may be land in the north end, but it would have to be a large enough parcel of the right shape, in proximity to the main line (say 1200m by 250m, just eyeballing the size of the current yard on Google maps). That might be problematic without taking down some industrial buildings.

But I shudder to think what price CN would ask for that site. CP wanted $70-90 million all-in (land and relocation costs) for the Aberdeen yard when it was being floated as a stadium site. It's a smaller operation with fewer tracks, though I'm not sure the total acreage is much different than CN's Stuart Street yard.

A challenge for sure. But a surmountable one. Money always talks loudest and if a good business case can be presented to CN they might go for it.

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