Ottawa Valley Railway

Ottawa Valley Railway
 
Ottawa Valley Railway (reporting mark RLK) is a Canadian railway that operates 150 miles (240 km) of track in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
 
The railroad began operations on 30 October 1996 under the auspices of RaiLink Canada, and fell under the control of RailAmerica after that company bought RaiLink in July 1999. It was formed to operate both local trains and through-service Canadian Pacific Railway trains between Sudbury, Ontario and Smiths Falls, Ontario. On July 23, 2012, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. announced that it intended to purchase RailAmerica in a deal valued at $1.39 billion. Approval of the purchase was granted by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on December 19, 2012.
 
Currently, the OVR operates between Sudbury and Temiscaming, Quebec, reduced from its original routing between Sudbury and Smiths Falls with a branch to Temiscaming.
 
The rerouting came about as a result of the reduction of both local traffic on the line and through traffic operated by the Canadian Pacific. As traffic was reduced on other CP routes, that railway was able to redirect trains onto its lines through Toronto, and RailAmerica's lease on the line to the east of Petawawa, Ontario ended in December 2009. The OVR continued operating the route between Sudbury and Temiscaming, and in early October 2010, RailAmerica and CP reached a new agreement under which those operations would continue, while CP would continue procedures for ending service to the east of Mattawa. On 3 August 2011, it was announced that the rails between Renfrew and Pembroke, Ontario were planned to be removed by the end of the year, with the remainder of the Mattawa—Smiths Falls route to be removed in following years.
 
The OVR interchanges with the Canadian Pacific at Sudbury, as well as with the Canadian National Railway at North Bay, Ontario, the Ontario Northland Railroad at North Bay, and the Huron Central Railway at Sudbury.
 
The railway once hauled around 70,000 carloads a year, the majority of which came from CP's intermodal bridge traffic. The rest of it was self-generated, and included chemicals and forest products. Very little of this traffic came from east of Mattawa. As of 2013, carloadings amount to approximately 8,000 per year.
 
Ottawa Valley Railway
 
Overview
 
Headquarters:  North Bay, Ontario
Reporting mark: RLK
Locale: Ontario:  Quebec, Canada
Dates of operation: 1996–Present
Predecessor: Canadian Pacific Railway
Technical
Track gauge: 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length: 150 miles (240 km)
 
Ottawa Valley Railway
Cartier Subdivision
Legend
 
CPR Cartier Subdivision
70.47 Jct CN Bala Subdivision (256.8)
69.2 Jct Falconbridge Spur (0.0)
69.1 Coniston
Wanapitei
62.7 Stinson
55.1 Markstay
Hagar
42.0 Warren
33.9 Verner
26.5 Cache Bay
23.4 Sturgeon Falls
17.0 Collings
10.5 Beaucage
1.0 Clanachan
0.0 Huard
OVR North Bay Subdivision
 
Ottawa Valley Railway
 
North Bay Subdivision
 
Legend
 
OVR Cartier Subdivision
117.3 Huard
116.9 North Bay
115.2 Mile 115.2
CN Newmarket Sub
111.9 ETI Canada spur
111.4 Thorncliff
104.9 Camey
97.4 Bonfield
90.7 Rutherglen
89.3 Columbia Forest Products spur
84.0 Eau Claire
76.9 Morel
71.8 Mattawa OVR Temiscaming Subdivision
70.0 end of steel
65.0 Rankin
56.0 Hodgson
50.3 Deux Rivieres
45.6 Aylen
35.8 Adelard
27.7 Stonecliffe
20.3 Mackey
15.0 Moor Lake
5.3 Wylie
0.0 Chalk River
 Chalk River Subdivision
 
Ottawa Valley Railway
 
Temiscaming Subdivision
 
Legend
 
       40.5 Temiscaming
       39.4 Grimmer
       38.7 Gordon Creek
       32.9 Beauchene
       21.0 Crest
       12.0 Snake Creek
       6.7 Ceramic
       Ottawa River
       0.0 Mattawa OVR North Bay Subdivision
 
 
 
 
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