CN and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. announce fleet acquisition for Agawa Canyon Tour Train
CN, the operator of the tour train, is acquiring three Electro-Motive F-40 locomotives, eight coaches, two cafe/lounge cars, three club cars and a presentation coach from Ansco Investment Company of
The fleet renewal will include the refurbishment of the Ansco cars, as well as two existing CN passenger dome cars.
The re-equipped train will accommodate more than 900 people, with passenger car upgrades including improved handicap accessibility.
CN and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – an agency of the
CN expects the re-equipped tour train will enter service when the tour season commences in
The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is the chief tourism draw for the
Jeff Liepelt, CN vice-president, Eastern Region, said: “CN recognizes the importance of the Agawa Tour Train to
“We believe the new locomotives and refurbished equipment will ensure the tour train remains a vital economic force in the region.”
Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti said: “Our government has delivered the financial resources necessary to significantly improve the passenger experience on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, which is our community’s most prominent tourist attraction. This investment in modern rail cars will provide a boost to the local economy by playing a major role in helping to rejuvenate tourism in
“This is the announcement the tourism industry of this city has been waiting for. I believe that once consumers see first hand the upgrades in equipment and service on this iconic attraction it will help to build ridership to historic levels. With this increase in tourism visitation the economic impact will be felt in direct consumer spending, job creation and additional infrastructure investment.”
Under the agreement, CN will be the owner of the revitalized fleet. It will also take ownership of 26 obsolescent passenger cars it leases currently for tour train service and will dispose of them, using proceeds for marketing and/or enhancements to the tour facilities and services.
The SSMEDC will manage the food and beverage concession on the tour train, with applicable revenues collected by the agency, which will be free to enhance on-board customer services, including technological entertainment and hospitality attendants, subject to prior CN approval.
CN – Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries – spans
The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization, funded by public and private partners, whose goal is to be the community’s leader in supporting and promoting an environment that generates sustainable employment in a healthy, growing and diversified economy.