FMA and the Western Canadian Short Line Railway Association (WCSLRA) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a cooperative agreement that will cover areas of mutual interest.

These will include the sharing of relevant information that will be of interest to the members of our respective associations, including government relations initiatives.

“Short lines play a vital role in the supply chains of many shippers in all parts of Canada and FMA is pleased to strengthen its relationship with 17 short lines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta that are members of the WCSLRA”, said John Corey, the incoming President of FMA. “We look forward to working with Perry Pellerin, WCSLRA President, and his colleagues on the important issues facing short line railways and the shippers they serve”, he added.

“We have been in line with the FMA on several issues over the years and this just confirms that. We are excited about adding the expertise that John Corey and FMA will bring to the WCSLRA”, said Perry Pellerin, President of WCSLRA and CEO of Great Sandhills Railway. “It will be a great opportunity for the WCSLRA to demonstrate to FMA members the services and opportunities that short lines can offer.

Great progress has been made lately collaborating on ways to improve the overall logistics system. We feel this is just another step in that direction”, he added.


The Western Canadian Short Line Railway Association (WCSLRA), previously the Saskatchewan Short Line Railway Association, is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization representing the interests of 18 short lines across Western Canada and 24 industrial and service provider members. Short lines build industry capacity to promote Western Canada’s exports, handling approximately 35,000 carloads per year transporting resources and agricultural products from businesses that are located directly on short line railways.