The Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) on Friday afternoon (12-3-21) said it was aiming to reopen its rail network in southern British Columbia over this weekend. This followed another round of heavy rain and strong winds, which prompted a second shutdown of service. CN said on Friday that engineers and construction crews continue to work on the Vancouver-Kamloops corridor, which was first cut by landslides and washouts amid torrential downpours in mid-November.
CN, the country’s largest railroad operator, restored limited service along the vital supply link last week before opting to “proactively close” the line again last Monday as more rain triggered further mudslides, flooding, and debris.
In an email, CN spokesperson Jonathan Abecassis said, “The company continues to move limited amounts of trains through the region on other available rail infrastructure.”
CN has also been able to divert some traffic to the Port of Prince Rupert, which remains fully operational and unaffected by the severe weather.
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Flooding and supply chain: CN looks to reopen tracks in southern B.C. after 2nd network shutdown