Source: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2009.
The Lachine Intermodal terminal in Montreal is Canadian Pacific’s (CP) easternmost terminal, marking the end of its landbridge (Vancouver-Montreal). The transloading equipment used involves side loaders (reach stackers). The terminal is completely surrounded with limited expansion possibilities. The 53-foot container being handled belongs to Canadian Tire, an important hardware store chain that imports, like other hardware chains, a significant part of its inventory from Asia. In all likelihood, these containers are empty and on their way back to Vancouver, where they will receive the contents of transloaded maritime containers. Then, they will be forwarded to distribution centers across Canada.