Entries Tagged as ‘CN’

Monday, January 8, 2007 at 7:20 am

CN Train Derails in Quebec

CN accident watch, part 437: a CN train with more than 120 freight cars derailed in — not near, in — Montmagny, Quebec at 1:30 AM yesterday morning. Four of the 24 rail cars that left the tracks contained sulphuric acid, but nothing was spilled. This is the second accident in three years for Montmagny; […]

Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Minimal Long-term Impact of Lake Wabamun Spill: Report

Speaking of CN accidents (as I am wont to do), a report commissioned by the railway into the Lake Wabamun accident, which dumped 1.3 million litres of fuel oil into the resort lake west of Edmonton Alberta in August 2005, concludes that the accident will not have any significant long-term effects on the lake’s wildlife […]

Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 2:05 pm

CN Derailment Strands Crew Overnight

A CN train derailed early this morning on the CN mainline near Lytton, BC when it hit a rockslide; the crew members were trapped for seven hours on a steep embankment before they could be rescued at dawn. The 105-car train had two locomotives and a single wood products car derail — by any standard, […]

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 4:59 pm

GO Transit Cuts Engineers, Disruptions Ensue

In the wake of a federal labour arbitrator’s decision allowing GO Transit, which operates commuter trains and buses in the Toronto area, to save costs by cutting 34 engineer positions, yesterday’s operations were substantially disrupted and delayed by what CBC and The Globe and Mail referred to as “teething problems,” but which the Toronto Star […]

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 8:51 pm

News from Ottawa

I live about an hour outside Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and lately there have been a couple of local rail-related stories that you might find interesting. First, Ottawa’s city council voted last week to revise a proposed expansion of their experimental light-rail project, the O-Train, which currently uses diesel-powered trainsets on existing (former CP) track, […]

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 7:01 pm

Train Accident Roundup

Train accidents happen all the time, largely because there are so many trains on the track at any given moment. Here’s a roundup of news about train accidents, just in North America, just in the last couple of days: Following up on yesterday’s Union Pacific derailment in Illinois, the track has been replaced and the […]

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 10:31 am

CN Buys Back Savage Alberta Railway

Things are getting awfully cyclical at CN, which is repurchasing rail lines it had previously sold off to short-line operators. Or at least in booming northern Alberta, where last January CN bought back three short lines it had previously sold. Last Friday it was announced that CN is repurchasing the Savage Alberta Railway, nĂ© Alberta […]

Monday, November 20, 2006 at 4:19 pm

Internal Documents Reveal Extent of CN Accident’s Devastation

Internal documents obtained by Canadian Press depict the severity of a Canadian National derailment that all but wiped out a river’s fish stocks (story at Canada.com, CBC News). On August 5, 2005, a 114-car train derailed along the former BC Rail line near Squamish, British Columbia. Among the nine-car spill was a car containing 53,140 […]

Monday, October 30, 2006 at 5:14 pm

Amtrak, CN Reach Deal

Amtrak and CN have worked out a deal that allows Amtrak’s expanded Illinois service to begin today. Details of the agreement, which was announced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Friday morning, were not released, but CN stated that its concern had been the impact of greater Amtrak traffic on its freight schedules. Previously: CN Screws […]

Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 6:09 pm

CN Screws Amtrak, Illinois

Everything was in place for expanded Amtrak service in Illinois, with additional trains running to Carbondale, St. Louis and Quincy. Ridership was rising, state funding was doubled for the expansion, and deals were negotiated with the host freight railroads. Service was to begin next Monday. Then Canadian National, which took over the Illinois Central in […]