In addition to the two national rail lines, there are 13 shortline railways operating in Saskatchewan.
The shortline railways are used to transport products such as grain, oil and wood and provide important links between remote delivery points and the larger national rail lines of CN and CP Railway.
In total, there are more than 2,000 km of railways under provincial jurisdiction.
These rail lines operate in accordance with The Railway Act and the Provincial Railway Guides.
The Government of Saskatchewan’s Shortline Railway offers the following programs and services:
- Enforce provincial railway legislation and regulation through safety inspections, accident investigations and monitoring of railway related activities and infrastructure;
- Provide technical assistance, advisory services and facilitation in interactions between provincial railways, shippers, federal railways, federal and provincial government agencies and road authorities;
- Facilitate the preservation and development of a provincial railway network to provide optimum service to provincial stakeholders;
- Encourage and assist in research, development and implementation of technological and operational advancement in railway safety and operations;
- Administer the provincial financial assistance programs for railway development and acquisition; and,
- Assists with general information on any rail operation dealing with the Canadian Transportation Agency, Transport Canada and federal railways.