Belle Plaine Spur Line an Ambitious Project


A massive amount of earth is being moved to prepare the foundation of the new Belle Plaine Spur line linking the Legacy Project mine site to Canadian Pacific’s (CP) trackage at Belle Plaine, SK.

“We have approximately 40 dump trucks running round the clock on building the foundation alone,’’ says John Brooks, CP’s Vice-President Sales, and Marketing, Bulk. “It’s an impressive feat. It’s the largest earth-moving project in Saskatchewan in several generations.”

Brooks says CP began developing the new 30-km line in late April and work has progressed well due to the warm and dry summer. He estimates 20 percent of the grading and shaping of the land has been completed, and the right of way has been cleared.

Steffen Brill, Senior Manager, Logistics and Transportation at K+S Potash Canada says KSPC’s agreement with CP calls for the work to be completed by October 2016. Brill says construction is well underway on the approximately 19 km of rail and spur line infrastructure project that KSPC is building adjacent to the mine site. The project comprises a rail loop and a rail yard to store rail cars. The loop will be used in loading products onto unit trains and