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Transport Canada to monitor CN operations in B.C.

Transport Canada is continuing to keep a close eye on Canadian National Railway Co.’s operations near Squamish, British Columbia, where trains and cars have derailed during the past few months.

Yesterday, the government agency announced that during the next 60 days, Transport Canada inspectors will monitor trains on the Squamish route to ensure CN is complying with the Railway Safety Act and following its corrective action plan.

Transport Canada has ordered CN to test the route to ensure distributed power is working properly, place a supervisor on all trains, provide additional distributed power operations training for crews, reduce the number of stops on the route, follow special stall and emergency stop instructions, and limit conventional and distributed power train lengths to 80 and 99 cars, respectively. The agency revoked an order issued Dec. 7 that required CN to limit the length of all trains operating between Squamish and Clinton, B.C., to 80 cars.

Between Aug. 22 and Sept. 16, Transport Canada reviewed CN’s inspection and safety procedures pertaining to covered railway equipment, operations and infrastructure after a train derailed north of Squamish. Nine empty flat cars derailed in the same area Oct. 24 and 10 empty cars derailed north of Sunset Beach Nov. 3. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accidents.

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