Bob Landucci by the gravel crushers making ballast for new railway tracks at Ashcroft Terminal.

Ashcroft Terminal ready to lay down track

Progress at the Ashcroft Terminal is slow but steady as the company prepares to add another 1.5 km of track.

Building an industry takes time and money. Bob Landucci knows that – he has been building the Ashcroft Terminal since 1999.

The expansion proposed in July 2010 with a $5 million grant from the federal government finally got underway three months ago. The terminal is putting in a new 1.5 km  lead for rail cars. The parallel track runs east to west and will have switches at both ends.

The rails are piled on the site and waiting for the rail bed to be prepared. Landucci expects to be finished and hooked up with CP by the October.

“We call it the First Spike of the development,” said Landucci. “It’ll be pretty satisfying for us.”

“We anticipate a ribbon cutting between September and March,” said Kleo Landucci, vice president of the company.

Currently, the terminal has 11-12 regular customers. After the expansion, they expect another five major customers.

“There’s a mountain of business out there,” said Bob, who sees huge potential in the BC resource industries.

“This is an operating business,” said Kleo. “It’s not an idea.”

The terminal currently has 21 people who rely on it for their job.

“We’ll double this by the time we’re done,” said Bob. “In general, every eight to 10 cars means another job.”

Work at the terminal involves  loading and unloading and railcar storage. They are also making their own ballast on site to go under the tracks, and crushing aggregate for concrete and asphalt.

“It needs a lot of money to build it out,” he admits – $65-$70 million more to finish everything. “We have enough for this phase” thanks to the help of former MP Chuck Strahl, who was Minister of Transport in 2010, and Stockwell Day, who arranged for a $3 million grant, which Landucci matched with $8 million that he raised.

“Without them, we’d only be putting in 1 km of track,” he said.

He said, as well, the terminal has been receiving a lot of attention from potential customers and politicians such as the Mayor and Council of Delta, who have visited the site a couple of times, as AT staff have, in turn, visited Delta Port.

The feds and the railroads have been great to deal with, said Landucci. The terminal has been doing 2,000 cars per year. When the expansion is done, he expects to be doing at least double that number.

Just Posted

Graffiti Days 2019 a huge success

Hundreds of cars and spectators — including a History channel TV personality — turned out for the event

Bus company fears for future if another licence issued for Interior routes

Adventure Charters waiting to see if Ebus BC is approved for Prince George-Kamloops run

Sea Cadets wind up another year with Ceremonial Review

Corps is fundraising for a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2020

WorkBC helping break down barriers to employment

Office offers a wide range of services to help people find sustainable careers

Local News Briefs: Get garden ideas with Ashcroft tour

The Rivertown Players are back, invasive plant management, reduced tipping fees, and more

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

30 years later: B.C. woman uses sidewalk chalk to reclaim site of her sexual assault

Vancouver woman didn’t think her powerful story, written in chalk, would ignite such support

Slain friend motivates rookie football player to make it with hometown B.C. Lions

Jaylen Sandhu, stabbed to death in 2014, a source of inspiration for promising RB Jamel Lyles

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Pair of B.C. cities crack Ashley Madison’s ‘Infidelity Hotlist’

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford and Kelowna hottest spots for cheaters

Life’s work of talented B.C. sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Most Read