I would like to correct a major misstatement by Lee Lockwood in his letter “New but not improved,” published September 4 in The Aldergrove Star.
CP coal trains coming into Westshore’s facility at Roberts Bank are 8,300 feet, not 12,000 feet, as stated by Mr. Lockwood. This is the longest train that we can handle at our terminal and there are no plans to increase this length in the foreseeable future.
I think perhaps the writer is confusing the tonnes per train with the train lengths. An 8,300 foot train carries approximately 16,000 tonnes of coal.
Denis Horgan, VP & General Manager, Westshore Terminals.