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Transport Canada requires CN to restrict train speeds in Ontario

For the second time in less than a month, Transport Canada has ordered Canadian National Railway Co. to alter its operations because of a derailment.

On Friday, the agency issued an order requiring CN to restrict train speeds in Ontario on continuous-welded or non-jointed lines undergoing construction or maintenance. Speeds are restricted to 10 mph for freight trains and 30 mph for passenger trains unless trackwork has been inspected by a qualified CN track supervisor and approved by the area’s chief engineer.

On July 14, a CN train derailed on an Oakville Subdivision line in Toronto. After reviewing CN’s track maintenance records, Transport Canada officials found “instances of non-compliance” with the track safety rules and identified inspection process deficiencies, the agency said.

“We are ordering CN to comply with the notice and order until it can demonstrate to Transport Canada that they have addressed and resolved the threat to safe railway operations to the satisfaction of the department,” said Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon in a prepared statement.

On July 5, Transport Canada ordered CN to equip all locomotives operating southbound between Kelly Lake and Polley near Lillooet, British Columbia, with dynamic brakes following a June 29 derailment near Lillooet that killed two CN workers and injured one.

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