Railway Closure

Railway Closure

Big news last week about Kelowna Pacific Railway (KPR) filing for bankruptcy. KPR provided train travel between Vernon and Lumby and between Vernon and Kamloops. The closure of KPR could have serious negative consequences, as many businesses require the use of rail service to move their product. It is possible that the company overseeing the bankruptcy may be able to arrange for rail cargo service to start up again but that remains to be seen. According to an article by Richard Rolke which appeared in The Morning Star on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, many businesses have been impacted by the closure including Tolko Industries. The closure has resulted in the company having to transport product from their mills in Lumby, Lavington and Spallumcheen by truck transport. According to Mr. Rolke’s article between 40 and 50 employees, mostly located in Vernon have been impacted by the closure.

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