Scotia Rail Development Society was set up in April, 2015, by citizens of Cape Breton and Northern Nova Scotia when they heard that the owner of the rail line, Genesee Wyoming, were planning to abandon the Cape Breton section of the line. Their plan was to sell or use the rails in other places.
Under the chairmanship of Dr. David Rae, dean of the Shannon School of Business, a strategy is being developed. The committee includes representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Breton Partnership, BCA Group and a variety of business leaders. The general public is now being invited to join the society.
A provincial committee has been set up to examine options that are available to the government. While the group heartily supports the efforts of Transport Minister Maclellan, they feel that more initiative must come from the local community. To better inform the public, meetings have been held in North Sydney, Iona and Sydney. More meetings are planned.
Our Mission Is Fourfold:
- Explore various options for continuation of the rail service to Sydney, Cape Breton
- Demonstrate the vital importance regionally in order to support the continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
- Support efforts to ensure continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
- Secure in perpetuity the right of way of the line
Latest News Link: http://scotiarail.ca/news.html
1. President's update By Dr. David Rae
2. Highway or the railway for freight? By Dr. Greg MacLeod
3. Why are we organizing a community movement to maintain our railway By Dr. Greg MacLeod
4. Brief History of Rail in Nova Scotia By Dr. Greg MacLeod
5: Further six months needed for Cape Breton rail abandonment By Greg McNeil - © Cape Breton Post
6: Rail or road? Let’s weigh our freight options By Dr. Greg MacLeod
7: Cape Breton railway’s future focus of public meeting Friday By Chris Shannon - © Cape Breton Post
8: For sale: Cape Breton railroad By Tom Ayers © Chronicle Herald - Cape Breton Bureau
9: Cape Breton group aims to protect rail service By Tom Ayers © Chronicle Herald - Cape Breton Bureau
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