SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario — CN and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. (SSMEDC) announced today an agreement to acquire locomotives and passenger cars to re-equip the Agawa Canyon Tour Train that runs north of The Sault into spectacular Canadian Shield country.
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 Denver, Colo.
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 Ontario government – are jointly funding the $10-million fleet renewal project.
CN expects the re-equipped tour train will enter service when the tour season commences in mid-June 2009, with the refurbishment completed during the coming season.