CN Looking to Sell Algoma Central

Canadian National has been reported to be in the process of selling the Algoma Central Railway.

News reports in Canada said CN has confirmed that is has initiated the sale process and has been contacted by interested parties.

The Algoma Central runs for 296 miles in Ontario between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.

CN inherited the Algoma Central in 2001 when it acquired the Wisconsin Central.

The sale is said by industry observers to be in line with CN’s previously announced plans to sell low-traffic lines in the upper Midwest and Canada, including lines in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The Algoma Central is known for its passenger trains, which CN ceased operating in May 2015.

Those trains were operated for a time by contract operator Railmark, but CN ended that arrangement less than three months after it began.

Efforts to revive the service to Hearst since then have yet to yield success.

However, the Agawa Canyon Tour train continues to use a portion of the line, although it has not operated this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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