April 2, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)


Mr. J. D. REID:

We have a number of refrigerator cars on the Government railway system, but the business of transporting fish is increasing and we need more cars. Within the last few days I have awarded a contract for, I think, one hundred and fifty or two hundred and fifty refrigerator cars. The Canadian Northern Railway system have a number of refrigerator cars, and -there are a few belonging to the Canadian Government Railway system, but not a sufficient number. However, it takes some little time to procure new cars, and I sent the superintendent of car service away a few weeks ago to ibuy some second-hand cars so that we might get a few that we could use in the meantime. We are preparing as fast as possible to increase the number of cars for this particular service. Of course, the Amercian lines are taking a lot of these cars to the other side-even a number of those that we have, and when they get over there it is very difficult to secure their return. This applies not only to refrigerator cars, but to box cars and freight cars.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
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