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A Brief History of the Huron Central Railway

Map of the HCR rail line from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario to Sudbury Ontario.

Huron Central Railway is a railway operating in northern Ontario, Canada. It is operated by Genesee & Wyoming Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming.

The Huron Central Railway was established in July 1997 to operate a 173-mile route leased from the Canadian Pacific Railway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The lease agreements encompass all but 4.8-mile of track at the Sudbury end of the 181.2-mile line, known within the CPR as the Webbwood Subdivision, as well as the 3-mile Domtar Spur, which branches southwest from the Webbwood Sub at McKerrow. The CPR retains running rights over about 22-miles of track at the east end of the Webbwood Subdivision, and the HCR has running rights all the way into Sudbury. The railway operates one train in each direction six days per week between its two endpoints

Coil steel manufactured by Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie and freight from the Domtar paper mill at Espanola account for 80% of freight traffic, although pulpwood, chemicals used by the steel industry, slab steel, paper, and miscellaneous goods are also carried. In 2008, the railway handled 16,000 carloads a year, though carloadings have decreased in subsequent years.

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