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❱ understanding quantities, deliveries and the logistics of getting their products to a specific location. In addition to supplying materials, T-RAIL Products also helps its clients network with the correct contacts– whether it is railroads, contractors, or gravel or earth works. While there was a time when people struck the death knell for the rail industry, today there is renewed faith in this key cog in the supply chain for many industries such as manufacturing and retailing. There is so much going on in the railway industry today, not just on the supplier side, but also on the industry/railway side. The immediate future looks bright. Investment in the Canadian rail industry is at an all-time high with billions being spent this year alone. Growth in the coming years is forecast at 2.5 to 3 per cent per annum; and by 2016, the market value is expected to total $177.6 billion. “It’s an exciting time,” Tuningley says. “When I started 20 years ago, people were like, ‘why would you work in the railway industry because they regarded it as the Jurassic Park of industries. But railways today are the shipping mode of transportation of choice again. They are getting faster and they are hauling more … I feel we are approaching the Starship Enterprise.” With all these changes, one of the biggest challenges is there is not enough time, people or resources to keep up with the increased demands on the rails. “We are constantly working with yesterday,” 14 Industry needs BETTER, MORE CONSISTENT STANDARDS Since railways started to get built more than a century ago, everybody had different standards when it came to weights of the tracks, for whatever reasons, possibly to protect their property, so no one would steal it. From 70 tons to 72 tons and more, many tracks have a slightly different weight. “We need to try to get a common standard because it makes it difficult for folks buying supplies in the industry,” comments Tuningley. “CN specs are different than CPs specs, which are different than BNs specs, etc. “As a supplier, you always have to come up with and find a product that is adaptable to all these various specifications.” From the VIA RAIL and the clientside, they then wonder what do they need? They ship grain, coal, iron-ore, petroleum products, etc. and they look to the industry-side to see what we do and it’s pretty broad. “That’s where I wanted to focus my energies to come up with ways to help new, emerging clients of railways shippers and give them some direction so they don’t get taken advantage of,” says Tuningley. “There really is a need to create a better bar.” ■ ❱ G G Working HardTo Keep You Rolling Clean Tanks / Freight cars Programs / Modifications G Mobile Repair Service G Pre Trip Inspections G Valve Testing G Bad Orders G Scrapping (519) 332-5683 l Fax: (519) 332-2650 Sarnia, ON St Clair, MI 12575930_OWS.indd 1 insidetrack | SPRING/SUMMER 2012 15/03/12 11:29 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012

President’s Message
What’s Next for the Rail Supply Industry? Opportunities exist for small and medium-sized enterprises
Industry Needs Better, More Consistent Standards
CARS Remembers Pair Gone Too Soon
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supply Directory
Index to Advertisers

Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012