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Auto terminals in the Port of Vancouver depend on SRY to efficiently interchange empty and loaded auto racks with Class 1 railways.
Photo: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

connections to Canadian Class 1 railways
such as CN and CP, and US Class 1 railway
BNSF. Handling more than 65,000 railcars a
year - and 20 per cent of all new vehicles
purchased in Canada - SRY is a critical link in
the supply chain for more than 140 shippers
located in Asia and across North America.
Sarah MacFadyen recently spoke to
Frank Butzelaar, the CEO of Southern
Railway British Columbia, about the
important role of shortline railways like
SYR and what he sees for their future.

Q

What role do shortline railways
play in supply chains?
Well, the first word that comes to mind
is critical. Shortlines originate or terminate
approximately one in five carloads handled
in Canada. And the nature of those carloads
is that they often originate in remote
areas of the country with limited access
to other forms of transportation. To many
of these customers, their shortline is a
critical link to markets both domestic and
international. Their rail connection is often
their lifeline, if you will, to their customers.

Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY)
fait partie de la cinquantaine de CFIL canadiens.
L'entreprise exploite près de 200 kilomètres de
rails entre New Westminster et Chilliwack, qu'elle
relie à des compagnies de classe 1 comme le CN,
le CP et le BNSF. SRY gère 65 000 wagons chaque
année et 20 % de tous les nouveaux véhicules
achetés au Canada ; c'est un maillon essentiel
de la chaîne d'approvisionnement pour plus de
140 expéditeurs d'Asie et d'Amérique du Nord.
Sarah MacFadyen s'est entretenue avec Frank
Butzelaar, PDG de SRY, au sujet du rôle des CFIL,
et de ce qu'il croit que l'avenir leur réserve.

Q

Quel est le rôle des CFIL dans la
chaîne d'approvisionnement ?
Le premier mot qui me vient à l'esprit est
« crucial ». Au Canada, environ un wagon sur
cinq entame ou termine son périple sur un
CFIL. La nature de ces chargements fait qu'ils
proviennent souvent de régions reculées où
il y a peu d'options de transport. Pour de
nombreux clients, ces chemins de fer d'intérêt
local sont un lien crucial avec les marchés
nationaux et internationaux. Ces rails sont un
peu le lien vital avec les consommateurs.
Railway Association of Canada / Association des chemins de fer du Canada

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2017

President’s message
Pacific partnerships
The big short
First-mile/last-mile
A value network
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Winter 2017 - cover1
Interchange - Winter 2017 - cover2
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - 5
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - President’s message
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - Pacific partnerships
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - The big short
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - First-mile/last-mile
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - A value network
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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