The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway
(CBNS) operates the short track rail line from Truro to Sydney.
CBNS also maintains a marshalling yard in the north end of Sydney,
directly opposite Muggah Creek from the SYSCO property. This line
previously carried product from SYSCO to central Canada and the
rest of North America. It also services several businesses in the
Northside Industrial Park.
Due to declining rail traffic, CBNS has filed notice that it wishes
to abandon the Point Tupper to Sydney portion of the line. However,
since the announcement that the Province has leased the SYSCO wharf
to Provincial Energy Ventures, and DEVCO has sold the international
coal pier to Emera Corporation, CBNS has been negotiating with both
groups to identify new lines of business. In order for the line
from Sydney to Port Hawkesbury to remain open, approximately 100
cars per kilometre of track are needed.
As part of the purchase of the surface assets of DEVCO, Emera now
owns the former railway line from the international pier to the
Lingan generating station. In late 2001, Emera signed a short term
(6 month) operating agreement with Logistic Stevedoring of Montreal,
to operate this railway on Emera’s behalf.