The BTRC is a locally owned and operated shortline railway located in south-central Manitoba, established by local farmers in 2008 with the goal of preventing the removal of a portion of CP track that had been abandoned and was scheduled for salvage. Upon the successful purchase of the track, the BTRC re-established local shipping options for producers, enhance competition from grain buyers, and preserve rail infrastructure for use by local communities and businesses. BTR owns and operates 23 miles of the former CP La Riviere Subdivision, from mile 80.3 (Morden) thru mile 103.5 (Binney), serving stations at Thornhill, Darlingford, Manitou, and Binney.
The Great Western Railway (reporting mark GWRS) is a Canadian short line railway company operating on former Canadian Pacific Railway trackage in Southwest Saskatchewan. Great Western Railway Ltd. is an operating company that services the line and is locally owned and operated by farmers and municipalities in Southwestern Saskatchewan.
In 2004 the railway was purchased by local investors from the area of Saskatchewan it serves. It is now locally owned and operated. Great Western Railway serves many producer loading sites along its rail network but also provides railcar storage for Class I railways and railcar companies.
GWR operates on 308 miles (496 km) of the former Canadian Pacific Railway’s Shaunavon, Vanguard, Altawan, and Notukeu Subdivisions. GWR also services 60 miles (97 km) on the Fife Lake Railway, which is partially owned by the company, and another 72 miles (116 km) of the Red Coat Road & Rail on a yearly, contractual basis.