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Derailment fallout: suspended passenger service

Repost from Railway Age

Via Rail pondering alternative Ontario routing for suspended Canadian

By  David Thomas, Contributing Editor, March 20, 2015

After months of late arrivals due to track congestion on CN’s northern Ontario main line, compounded by slow orders arising from CN’s efforts to recover from two tar sands oil train explosions, Via Rail is examining an alternative routing for the Canadian, the continent’s last classic streamliner, originally Canadian Pacific’s premier luxury passenger train.

Via suspended Canadian service between Winnipeg and Toronto March 11, citing the impossibility of maintaining schedules as CN dealt with the oil train mishaps near Gogama.

One option is to shift to CP trackage between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Sudbury, Ontario, something Via Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano hinted at last November during an interview with Railway Age. The motive, he said then, would be to provide passengers with a more scenic route closer to the Great Lakes, while at the same time serving more communities.

The imperative now is simply to get the train running again before the summer tourism season.

A contract would have to be negotiated with CP, and Via’s engineers would need to be qualified on CP track and operations, something that could take up to two months. Via will consider next week whether it can restore northern Ontario service over CN tracks, either indefinitely or pending a move to CP.

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    Latest oil train derailment – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Repost from AM680 CJOB – Winnipeg, CA

    Derailment In Winnipeg Raises Concerns About Rail Safety

    CJOB Team Coverage / June 20, 2014
    CN crews work to get a crude oil tanker car back on the tracks at Symington Yards. (picture courtesy of Global News)

    It took all day Friday for crews to clean up after an early morning train derailment at the Symington rail yard in Winnipeg.

    There were no injuries or leaks after three cars carrying crude oil jumped the tracks and remained upright.

    Saint Boniface councillor Dan Vandal tells Global news he still has concerns about rail safety within the city limits.

    “We’re a city of railroads,  We have major rail tracks running through the centre of our city,  right next to where people live.”

    The cause of the derailment is still being investigated. CN Rail says two of the cars were DOT-111 tankers, the same type of cars involved in the Lac-Mégantic train derailment and explosion nearly a year ago that resulted in the deaths of 47 people.

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