What are Industrial Railways?
Industrial railways are typically customers of the Class 1 (CN and CPR) or short line railways. Since just about all railway traffic in North America originates and/or terminates on a siding or industrial spur of some sort, these operations form an integral part of the railway system. In Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia the term Industrial Railway has been formalized to describe these operations in the respective provincial regulations governing railway safety. The term is becoming more commonly used across the railway industry in North America to describe these operations.