Some shortlines are not expected to jump at the chance to buy the 900 grain hopper cars owned by the Saskatchewan government.
Those cars were put on the auction block in last week’s provincial budget.
Wayne Bacon is the chair of Northern Lights Rail near Melfort. He says the government cars have an estimated shelf life of 14 years, and they are longer and heavier than current railway hoppers.
“People can understand they can pull 100 of the older cars ot 120 of the newer cars,” says Bacon. “That is one of the problems. I’m not saying CN wouldn’t do it, but it would be hard to get it into their fleet.”
Bacon has heard the provincial government is hoping to get 40-thousand dollars per car.
The shortline railways are also concerned about the loss of the 900-thousand dollar provincial maintenance grant in the budget.
Bacon says his line will have to cut back some work.