A transload facility under construction at the Last Mountain Railway (LMR) line south of Bethune will give the Legacy Project access to rail delivery by way of the heavy-haul Legacy road. “The idea for the facility grew out of a challenge K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) faced when we began planning construction of a 14 km rail line at the mine site,” says Eric Cline, Vice President Corporate Social Activity for KSPC.
“We had to figure out how we were going to get the big volumes of ballast, ties and rails we needed when we didn’t have a railway to bring it in,” says Cline. “The transload gives us a place to unload all this material from the train and haul it the rest of the way by truck.” The 30 acre facility currently under construction will not require a railroad siding as use of LMR is limited. The railway runs 136 km between Regina and Davidson, a section of the line between Regina and Saskatoon that LMR acquired from Canadian National Railway (CN).
KSPC will use the transload for the remainder of the Legacy Project construction period and intends to employ it over the long-term as a means of delivering heavy goods to the mine. Cline says KSPC would like to share the amenity as a permanent new infrastructure item for the area.
“We hope the transload facility will come in handy for the local community. We’d like to say to people, ‘if this is helpful, you’re welcome to use it.’”
“With the transload in place, LMR can be used to deliver goods transported by Canadian Pacific to Regina or through the CN line that runs from Saskatoon to Davidson,” says Cline.
In any event, the new facility will allow KSPC to channel traffic carrying rail construction materials off area roads such as Highway 11 and onto the railroad, from which it’s a short haul to the construction site.
“It will decrease truck traffic and increase public safety,” says Cline.