Canadian Heartland Training Railway to begin operations April 1

by Canadian Shipper

STETTLER, AB- The Canadian Heartland Training Railway (CHTR), a newly-created, not-for-profit organization supported by Canada’s railway industry, will begin offering practical training solutions in a working railway environment on April 1, 2005.

Using a 21-mile short line railway network owned by the Central Western Railway Corporation (CWR) at Stettler, Alberta, the CHTR will provide a safe and practical worksite that will provide working knowledge and experience to those enrolled in railway conductors training programs developed by the Railway Association of Canada’s Institute of Railway Technology.

In addition, the CHTR will be able to leverage its strengths as an actual operating railway to provide other avenues of practical railway training such as locomotive engineer qualification, and training in industrial switching.

CHTR will lease the existing CWR line in central Alberta that began operations in 1986 as Canada’s first modern-era short line railway.

“The development of the CHTR ensures a unique location that is dedicated first to the provision of safe and practical railway training. We expect that the CHTR will be an excellent resource to assist in the task of developing railroaders to meet the future needs of our industry," said Bruce Burrows, Acting President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada.

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