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Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Jul 28th, 2017, 3:19pm
Would you be complacent or even comfortable if the ICF were disbanded and the E & N was put up for sale to the highest bidder? No matter where you look we have politicians, people and groups giving lip service to the E & N rebuild but nothing gets done. Rumours abound that the Washington Group would buy the entire line in a heartbeat but have just never been given the chance. After ten years of ICF leadership the railway has denigrated to a silly joke and we still only get lip service. The feds hold the keys and its time they started to rejuvenate the railway by not continuing to be a major roadblock to its success. I think I can count on my one intact pinky finger all the people I know who think the ICF is doing a great job.  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2018, 1:56am
I try not to bite at these type of threads, however I too have grown frustrated with the political woes we have seen since the E&N was transferred. The E&N should have been offered up to the province as a whole and maintained and protected by the province much like BC Rail's right of way instead of the current system where you have various groups and individuals angling for their own personal gain. A lease operator (hopefully selected with better discretion then the BC Rail take over) could then be given a realistic chance of turning the line back into a real railroad operation. Many models of this exist in the states such as the Vermont Rail System which has slowly evolved from nothing on leased abandoned rails from the government. What has happened to the E&N in my eyes is more criminal than what happened with BC Rail and I am sure in the years to come there will be some nice juicy fairy tales of how the E&N was allowed to wither and die.  The real truth is that none of the parties involved know anything about railroading which has been obvious to any reader of this forum for the past decade.