VIA's eastbound "Canadian" meets WB Canadian National manifest freight, somewhere in Alberta, January, 2014
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Starting in 2006 Mr. Blanchard became a regular feature article contributor to Trains Magazine with articles on everything from All About Short Lines to the CSX-UP Fresh Express perishables train. Much of his work is literally from the ground up, logging untold miles in freight train locomotive cabs. A sampling of past features is available here.
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Roy Blanchard is the Principal at The Blanchard Company since October 1989. He provides general management, marketing, and strategic planning support for short line railroads. His portfolios of projects include not only strategic planning assistance for short lines but also assisting rail transportation users in commercial and technical matters from rate negotiation and sidetrack construction to demurrage management and supply chain support. Mr. Blanchard publishes The Railroad Week in Review, an electronic compendium of railroad industry news analysis and comment.
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Effect. NYC Putnam Div, Briarcliff Manor, NY. Summer, 1955. Photo
by Roy Blanchard (c) 2007