K + S Potash Canada has announced the delivery of the first of over 500 rail cars to move potash from its Legacy mine near Bethune to the potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody, B.C.
The Legacy Project is the first new potash mine in Saskatchewan in over 40 years and the new facility comes with high speed loading requirements for potash.
The cars are designed to hold the same capacity as a regular hopper car but are slightly shorter, so there can be more cars per train.
A single opening at the top enables them to be loaded with product while in motion.
The trains will consist of 177 cars pulled from Saskatchewan through the Rockies by five locomotives, making a total length of three kilometers.
The trains will be unloaded automatically into a warehouse or directly onto a ship, to developing regions worldwide.
Part of the rail fleet will also be used to transport product to the U.S.
K + S is hoping the Legacy mine will reach two million tons of production by the end of next year.