CN Rail to temporarily increase train traffic through Squamish

Squamish, BC  Residents of Squamish should prepare for an increase in train traffic due to recent rail infrastructure damage in the Fraser Canyon. Transit of goods will be rerouted through the rail line running from Prince George to Vancouver.

CN has notified communities of the Lower Mainland that it intends to operate two trains per day with an expected total train length of 80 rail cars, or 1,830 metres (excluding locomotives). Increased traffic is expected to be in place until the infrastructure has been repaired. Please be extra vigilant around the tracks during this time. 

Note: CN has assured the District it will be increasing safety measures due to the dry conditions and risk of fires, including: 

  • Implementing patrols/field employees to monitor along the railway to look for any issues that either have or could spark a fire;
  • Regular inspection of locomotives and other rail car equipment for mechanical issues;
  • Review of electronic inspection equipment data that monitors trains for potential mechanical problems that could lead to sparks; and
  • Ensure that work crews in the field are equipped with fire suppression equipment including water pumps and foam to fight potential fires.

To report any safety concerns, please call the CN police emergency line at 1.800.465.9239.

July 9, 2021

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  • Sharan Gordon Jul 24, 2021, 9:05 AM (4 days ago)

    Trains have become dangerous and noisy. Time to rethink SAFE mass transportation of stuff

  • Roberta Humberstone Jul 15, 2021, 3:09 PM (12 days ago)

    The 2 AM southbound train near Anderson Lake yesterday did not have any patrol vehicle with it. We waiting and watched until 4 AM. It was still very warm out. The train created a breeze as it left, which does not help with sparks. The rail right away has not been cleared of vegetation. There is no mention that weed control.

  • Ryan Fletcher Jul 13, 2021, 8:39 AM (15 days ago)

    Thank goodness this will be temporary. Trains at 11:30-midnight and at 5:30 am are not okay and are seriously disruptive to peoples sleep.

    • Ron Elmer Jul 16, 2021, 3:51 PM (11 days ago)

      Dear Ryan
      As the US Navy sign outside Whitby Island said "THE NOISE YOU HEAR IS THE SOUND OF FREEDOM".
      It is only temporary. I live near the Brackendale crossing and would swear the train is coming through the window as it echoes off the mountains.
      I am more concerned that the hot box detector located between Squamish and Brackendale
      is tested regularly.

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