Digest: Waterloo Central completes heritage paint project for switchers

News Wire Digest fourth section for Aug. 26: CN hires new chief information and techology officer; STB starts proceeding on Uinta Basin project

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The Waterloo Central's three MLW switchers now wear a Canadian Pacific heritage scheme.
Greg McDonnell

Wednesday afternoon rail news:

Waterloo Central switchers now in heritage scheme

The Waterloo Central Railway, the heritage railroad operated by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society, has completed its project repainting three switch engines into Canadian Pacific’s classic gray-and-maroon scheme. Now wearing the scheme are Montreal Locomotive Works S13 Nos. 1001 and 1002, both built for Pacific Great Eastern, and MLW S3 No. 6593, built for Canadian Pacific in 1957 and restored to its original number. Waterloo Central operations remain shut down because of COVID-19. More information is available at the railroad’s website.

CN hires new information and technology officer from Wabtec
Canadian National has hired Dominique Malenfant as executive vice-president and chief information and technology officer, effective Sept. 1. Malenfant, who has nearly 30 years in rail and transportation positions, comes to CN from Wabtec, where he was senior vice-president, engineering and chief technical officer. “Dominique has spent his career building innovative products to improve efficiencies and safety in the transportation and rail industries and has extensive operational experience,” JJ Ruest, CN’s CEO, said in a news release. “ He will join our strong bench of seasoned leaders to advance CN’s strategy of enhancing our scheduled railroading through technology, while continuing to provide our essential transportation services to our customers, the economy, and the communities we serve.”

STB opens proceeding on Uinta Basin request
The Surface Transportation Board has instituted a proceeding to determine whether to grant the builders of the proposed Uinta Basin Railroad an exemption from prior approval requirements, or whether the project should require a full application process, as argued by its opponents. Tuesday’s decision essentially means the board will decide the issue at a later date.


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