International Rail Road Systems

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
International Rail Road Systems
Reporting mark IRRS
Locale British Columbia
Dates of operation 1998–2012
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Fruitvale, British Columbia
International Rail Road Systems
Rail Trail
Park Siding
Columbia Gardens
Kettle Falls
International Railway

The International Rail Road Systems (reporting mark IRRS) was a Canadian short line railway company operating in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada. In 1998 the railroad acquired the Columbia Gardens - Fruitvale - Park Siding - Salmo, BC route from BNSF Railway; interlining with the Kettle Falls International Railway in Columbia Gardens.[1] The railway operated one EMD GP9 locomotive. In 1999, the stretch of track from Park Siding to Salmo was abandoned, and then in 2008 the stretch of track between Fruitvale and Park Siding was abandoned. Most of the traffic on this railway was for the Atco Sawmill in Fruitvale.

On or about August 1, 2012, the line was sold to the Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway Corporation, a newly formed subsidiary of shipper Atco Wood Products.[2] The name is derived from Daniel Corbin's original Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway Co. that constructed the line between 1891 and 1893.