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New rail product creates opportunities for industrial products

November 1 - Canadian Pacific will be the exclusive Canadian rail transportation provider for Contrans, using innovative Raildecks multimodal flat rack containers. The agreement extends the long-haul efficiencies of rail to a markets currently served by t

The Raildecks product extends the efficiencies of intermodal rail to industrial products shippers," said John McBoyle, vice president Intermodal at Canadian Pacific. "We believe industrial product customers will be attracted to the consistency, efficiency and reliability of our long-haul intermodal network."

"The Raildecks solution provides a viable option to convert some of the industrial freight that is moving over the road to be transported on intermodal rail," said Rick Jocson, CEO of Raildecks. "By converting a traditional over-the-road commodity to rail, Raildecks are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, freeing up major roads and highways, and reducing costs for shippers."

"We are excited to be able to provide shippers with a brand new service offering," stated Stan G. DunfordContrans'chairman and CEO. "This will revolutionise the long haul flatbed market and will result in substantial efficiencies and savings for shippers," he claimed.

Canadian Pacific has been testing Raildecks' 53 ft (16 m) collapsible, multimodal carriers over the summer at its Toronto Intermodal Facility in Vaughn, Canada. The testing proved the concept, as pipe and other industrial products moved seamlessly on CP's longhaul intermodal trains. Previously shippers relied on trucks to move these types of products over a long distance.

Canadian Pacific operates a North American transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Contrans is a leader in the Canadian transportation industry and one of the country's most diversified transportation companies. Raildecks is a North American company that has developed innovative transportation solutions by creating the industry's first fifty three foot open top intermodal flat rack for double stack transportation. The equipment has been designed to convert traditional over the road industrial freight onto the high speed intermodal rail network. As an open container with no ceiling or side walls the Raildecks container can be collapsed for cost effective repositioning and storage.

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