Producers ponder CP rail-line buy

Farmers and businesses from the Foremost, Alta., area are considering buying a section of railway between Foremost and Stirling.

Canadian Pacific Railway abandoned the 75 kilometre stretch in 2002, and some sections would require extensive work to become operational.

Farmer Paul Laqua, who is leading the initiative, said an offer has been made to CP but no response had been received as of Feb. 21.

“We’re just going through all the motions right now,” he said.

The group, which Laqua said involves 60 farmers, companies and other entities, has obtained federal funding through the Growing Forward program for a feasibility study into buying the line and operating a short-line railway. The study is now underway.

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