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Saskatchewan announces grants for short line railways

By | June 9, 2023

Government will award C$530,000 to 13 lines

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The Long Creek Railroad, a 41-mile line between Estivan and Tribune, is one of 13 Saskatchewan short lines receiving grants from the provincial government. Long Creek Railroad via Facebook

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — Thirteen provincially regulated short line railways will receive a total of C$530,000 in grants through Saskatchewan’s Short Line Railway Improvement Program, the provincial government announced Thursday.

Grants are determined by the trackage of each railway, with the smallest lines, of less than 80 kilometers (50 miles) receiving $25,000. Seven lines — Thunder Rail, Torch River Rail, Northern Lights Rail, Southern Rails Cooperative, Long Creek Railroad, Wheatland Rail, and Red Coat Road & Rail — received that amount. Also receiving funds were Stewart Southern Railway, $28,297; Last Mountain Railway, $28.297; Carlton Trail Railway, $27,515; Great Sandhills Railway, $43,089; Big Sky Rail, $87,035; and Great Western Railway, $129,909.

Funds will go toward track upgrades and expansion, grade crossing improvements, bridge maintenance, track rehabilitation, and other projects. The grants provide up to 50% of eligible project costs.

“The short line rail industry plays a pivotal role in bolstering our economy by efficiently transporting agricultural goods and a multitude of other products across our growing province,” Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said in a press release. “Our commitment to this program ensures ongoing provision of grants to short lines, empowering them to enhance their tracks through upgrades and expansion projects.”

2 thoughts on “Saskatchewan announces grants for short line railways

  1. Yes Sir, it is a very small amount, however Saskatchewan has a much smaller taxation base. You are also comparing apples and oranges, your American money will go to showy stuff (its Nevada), this money will help will grade crossings and the like.

  2. While I’m sure any funding grant is appreciated by these 13 short lines, C$530,000 seems like a pittance, especially compared to the State of Nevada granting $23,000,000 to build a new visitor center for the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, NV.

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