A test rail car similar to the ones that will be used to transport K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) potash from the Legacy mine near Bethune to Port Moody, B.C. and other North American destinations appears to be performing well under working conditions.
Steffen Brill, Senior Manager, Logistics and Transportation for KSPC, says the rail car is being tested through a partnership with the Yara Belle Plaine facility. Yara is using it to haul granular urea to a warehouse in Alberta. The rail car, manufactured and modified by National Steel Care Limited, accommodates KSPC’s high-speed loading needs. KSPC officials periodically monitor the loading process at the Yara facility, located an hour’s drive south of the Legacy site.
“We started testing the car early this year and we anticipate a testing cycle of six to eight months,’’ says Brill. “So far, there are no issues with the opening mechanism, for loading, and the gate mechanism, for discharging. It’s looking promising.’’
Once the Legacy mine reaches two million tonnes of production capacity by the end of 2017, potash bound for port is expected to be transported twice weekly by a train 2.6 km in length and featuring five locomotives and 177 rail cars.