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Transport Canada orders CN to use dynamic brake-equipped locomotives on part of B.C. line

On Wednesday, Transport Canada issued an order to Canadian National Railway Co. that requires all locomotives operating southbound between Kelly Lake and Polley near Lillooet, British Columbia, to be equipped with dynamic brakes.

Designed to slow the speed of a train moving downhill, dynamic brakes create reverse pull on wheels.

A June 29 derailment of a CN train near Lillooet — which killed two CN workers and injured one — has raised concerns about safety, said Lawrence Cannon, Canada’s minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, in a prepared statement. The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment.

“We are ordering CN to use dynamic brake-equipped locomotives in the Lillooet area as an added safety precaution on this steep downhill slope until the causes and contributing factors of this tragic accident can be determined,” he said.

Transport Canada plans to work with all railroads to review the use of non-dynamic brake-equipped locomotives in British Columbia.

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