2 Trains Placed Back on Track: How Rail Backtracking Will Impact the Transportation Industry

‘It’s just very disappointing for us as business owners’ – CN branches across B.C. CN is planning to open lines in southern British Columbia this weekend. The railway cancelled nearly 7,000 trains between Vancouver…

2 Trains Placed Back on Track: How Rail Backtracking Will Impact the Transportation Industry

‘It’s just very disappointing for us as business owners’ – CN branches across B.C.

CN is planning to open lines in southern British Columbia this weekend.

The railway cancelled nearly 7,000 trains between Vancouver and Prince Rupert on Thursday after a barnyard fire set off a safety fire alarm system.

Some of the lines affected were located near where a freight train derailed earlier in the week.

Following a morning announcement, a CN spokeswoman says the rail company will be able to reopen at least two routes this weekend.

She declined to say what routes or how soon that would be possible.

CN Railway spokeswoman Marianella de la Barrera says the company, CN Pacific and CN Hunterdon Railway have all agreed to repair and lift the arches above the track.

De la Barrera says restoring the track will cost a lot of money.

Meanwhile, a CN source says the rails were cleared on the tracks damaged in a fiery collision earlier this week.

The firm did not comment on the overall amount of the repairs, however, the source says there will be a long process to get the affected rails in working order.

De la Barrera says the company will continue to advise commuters of progress.

The CN release came as provincial representatives made several calls on the province’s rail infrastructure.

Opposition NDP transportation critic Claire Trevena says she is worried that recent derailments have set back progress of building a new rail hub at Pemberton.

Trevena says CN has left out government officials who have spent millions of dollars on an independent assessment of the surrounding area.

BC’s chief coroner, Tony Foreman, says the body of an unidentified person was pulled from the ash near the site of the initial derailment in Willow Creek.

Foreman says that two bodies have also been located in the same area of Willow Creek since the derailment.

CN says trains between Prince Rupert and Prince George are carrying crews and equipment to investigate the first two derailments.

CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis says he can’t predict when the following lines will be operating:

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