CN looks to reopen tracks in southern B.C. after second shutdown due to rain

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The Canadian National Railway Company says it is aiming to reopen its network in southern British Columbia later this week after another gust of rain and wind led to another shutdown.

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CN said Friday that engineers and construction workers are continuing to work on the Vancouver-Kamloops corridor, which was first cut off by landslides and washouts in mid-November amid torrential rains.

The country’s largest railroad operator restored limited service along critical supply links last week and opted to “actively close” the line again on Monday as more rain caused more mud, flooding and debris.

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“The company continues to move a limited amount of trains through the area on other available rail infrastructure,” spokesman Jonathan Abacusis said in an email.

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The Montreal-based railway is able to divert some traffic to the Port of Prince Rupert, which remains completely operational and unaffected by severe weather.

Meanwhile, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited maintains that service continues in the area, which also includes the Port of Vancouver.

Prairie grain and fuel-laden mussel cars first entered Vancouver last week when its rail corridor between Vancouver and Kamloops, BC, suffered heavy damage in about 30 locations.

However, the Calgary Railway has stated that it requires access to the CN tracks in its busiest corridor where they share rail infrastructure to maximize capacity.

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