Facts about the Kitchener-Guelph-Georgetown line:
- Population of area serviced: About 600,000
- Rail-miles Georgetown to Acton: 5.6 (5 minutes)
- Rail-miles Georgetown to Guelph: 18.8 (20 minutes)
- Rail-miles to Georgetown to Kitchener: 32.7 (35 minutes)
- Car/bus Georgetown to Guelph: 50 minutes
- Car/bus Georgetown to Kitchener: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Freight trains on this line:
- Guelph to Georgetown*: One each way per day.
- Guelph to Kitchener*: Two each way per day.
Total passenger trains per day (Via Rail)
- Kitchener-Georgetown: Three each way per day.
The Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown, Brampton, Toronto corridor is a secondary mainline track and was once the mainline through Ontario to the US. The line is currently owned by Canadian National, but is leased to a shortline, the Goderich and Exeter Railway (GEXR), until 2019. The line is single track with few adequate passing sidings with the only useful freight siding being at Kitchener. Small passenger train sidings are present at most cities and towns en-route, including Acton, Rockwood, and Guelph.
Freight traffic on the north mainline is sparse, due to the international traffic being diverted to the ‘south mainline’ through Hamilton, Brantford, and London. However, this traffic does meet up with Georgetown Corridor GO trains between Georgetown and Malton, which is a cause of concern for future expansion.
It is the freight that pays the bills on all these rail lines, and Goderich and Exeter, like Canadian National on their tracks, and Canadian Pacific on the Milton line, have their freight business as their primary responsibility and priorty. Proper negotiations with the Goderich and Exeter railway will be required to satisfy their primary responsibility to themselves of operating their freight business with as little disruption as possible. As a result, some investment in new track may be required to upgrade sidings, signalling, and other infrastructure. For more details, see the “North Municipal Mainline Alliance” section detailing the August 2006 feasability study of extended passenger service on the North Main Line.
* Amount of freight traffic can vary due to special freight moves or reroutes of traffic from the south mainline