Railway between Saskatoon and Regina to be partially ripped out

George Wooldridge emailed the following information to Roger Petry that might be of interest to our TAWG:

There is significant concern re: the potential impending abandonment of CN's Craik Subdivision railway line that connects Regina and Saskatoon via Davidson, Craik, and Lumsden. In concert with Transport 2000, with the help of Jonathan Bodvarson who is Transport 2000 Prairie Region's V.P. for Saskatchewan, and myself George Wooldridge, a group "The Louis Riel Trail Railway Group" has been formed to bring the communities along the line together to rescue the line and operate it as a community owned railway. Such railways exist in Europe, the United States and on Vancouver Island providing locally used, locally focused freight and passenger railway operations.

Meetings with the participation of Transport 2000 and the Louis Riel Trail Railway Group have already taken place. However, there needs to be a wider demonstration of interest in saving the railway. This railway line could be a vital sustainable link between Saskatchewan's two largest cities for not only freight and passenger train services but has a wider regional dimension as a link for goods from southern Saskatchewan being able to reach the Ports of Prince Rupert (currently being expanded), the Port of Churchill and Vancouver.

The Mayor of Davidson has met with Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and David Orchard on this issue during the past month. Political pressure needs to be stepped up quickly wherever possible including the city councils in Saskatoon and Regina.

Please spread the word that a group is out there fighting to retain this vital piece of railway infrastructure!

For more information please contact either myself George Wooldridge @ (306)771-4669, Jonathan Bodvarson @ (306) 229-2265 or Martin Wooldridge @ mwooldridge@transport2000.ca

Many thanks in advance

Curt_Schroeder's picture

Rails to Trails idea

There is another group, the Saskatchewan Trails Association, that is interested in converting part of this line to a trail (between Lumsden and Regina).  This is another potential good use of rail bed as people could use it for commuting purposes (get out of their cars) or for recreational purposes (of which there is little such opportunity in and around Regina) to get people exercising. 

Curt Schroeder

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If the local communities do

If the local communities do not choose to operate this section of rail line, the Saskatchewan Trails Association may be interested in operating it as part of a provincial trail network.  See www.sasktrails.ca for more information on this new association. 

 Curt Schroeder