December 23 - The Port of Thunder Bay is celebrating the departure of what it says is a 'record' trainload of equipment on a 1,500 mile journey to Fort McMurray, Canada.

In a journey expected to take 14 days, a CN train is carrying five reactors, originally shipped from Japan to the Port of Thunder Bay, each weighing between 450 and 525 tonnes.  The reactors are separated by 25 gondola cars, carrying ancillary equipment and the ports' newly-acquired caboose, housing the technicians accompanying the shipment.

The Port of Thunder Bay is working with CN to provide a gateway for project cargoes bound for western Canada, especially Fort McMurray.  The route allows abnormal cargoes to reach the heart of the oil sands project development via 1,500 miles of CN rail network.