Orangeville’s railway corporation racks up financial losses

June 13, 2016

By James Matthews, Orangeville Banner

The Orangeville-Brampton Railway is essential to the town, despite year after year of financial losses.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

That’s Mayor Jeremy Williams’ assessment when asked about the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation’s (ORDC) financial shortfall. Williams, as Orangeville’s mayor, is also the corporation’s president.

He said shuttering the rail service would be detrimental to businesses in the town that rely on it as a shipping route.

In September 2000, Canadian Pacific Railway transferred ownership of the 55-kilometre section of railway to the local corporation. ORDC leases the land and railway to the Orangeville-Brampton Rail Access Group, which is a consortium of about five Orangeville-area businesses that use the railway. They, in turn, contract rail services (the actual locomotives and employees) from Manitoba-based Cando Contracting Ltd. which operates rail lines across Canada.

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