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Railway modifies rules after deadly crash

The tragic railway derailment this week has led to changes in procedure by the Canadian Pacific railway. The new rules will now require handbrakes to be set on trains making emergency stops in mountain routes. Train number 301 was on »


Jury selection begins in deadly Lac-Mégantic train disaster trial

Four years after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people, the criminal trial for the three men charged in one of Canada’s worst railway disasters is set to begin this morning with »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Why are bears being killed on railway tracks?

It took five years, and $1-million dollars to find out why trains are killing grizzly bears in Banff and Yoho National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada. The answer seems to be, well, »


Independent board concerned about runaway trains

The Transportation Safety Board is concerned the government has not done enough to curtail a sharp increase in runaway trains, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper. In July 2013, a train’s brakes failed and it rolled into the town of »


Coroner concludes 47 deaths ‘violent, avoidable’, Lac-Megantic train derailment

The coroner who investigated the deaths of 47 people in the Lac-Mégantic train disaster last year concluded their deaths were “violent” and “avoidable.” Forty-seven coroner’s reports — one on each person who died — were released on Wednesday (October 8). The »

Environment & Animal Life

Evacuation lifted at fiery train derailment

An evacuation order following a fiery train derailment in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan was lifted on Wednesday (October 8). Harold Narfason, the fire chief in the community of Wadena, says the fire is out and everyone from Clair and »

Environment & Animal Life

Fire continues, as train derailment investigated

The fire at a train derailment in the Canadian province of New Brunswick continues, but is under control, according to railway authorities, who have not yet been able to approach the derailed cars because of the fire. The accident occurred Tuesday »


Record bounty for Holiday Train

It’s a beautiful sight if you can catch it.  And it also serves a good cause. For the past 15 years, the Canadian Pacific Railway has been stringing lights along two freight trains for the holidays. And the trains run »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Politics

Canadian municipalities to be told of dangerous materials on rails, later

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has announced new regulations that will oblige railway companies to inform municipalities when dangerous materials are transported through their communities. However, the information will be communicated a few months or even a year later. According »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Lac-Megantic train investigation, police raid offices of MM&A Railway

Canadian media Thursday (July 25) were reporting that Quebec provincial police were raiding the offices of the railway company involved in the Lac-Mégantic train disaster. According to Sun News a number of police cruisers were seen outside the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic »