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Alberta rail crossings see many tragedies

Reading Time: < 1 minute The RCMP reminds Albertans to exercise caution near rail crossings. In 2019, Alberta had the second-highest number of total railway crossing incidents, accounting for 20 per cent of all incidents across the country. Of the 35 crossing incidents last year, 11 resulted in serious injury or death. The province also reported the second-highest number of […] Read more

CN conductors approve post-strike deal

Canadian National Railway’s conductors and yard workers have voted for at least another two and a half years of labour peace with the company. The affected employees, members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, voted 91.3 per cent to ratify a three-year contract with CN, retroactive to last July 23, the union said in a […] Read more


Feds provide funding for rail crossing upgrades

Fifteen crossings will get upgrades such as lights, gates, and improved warning systems

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government has announced a new $16.5-million Rail Safety Improvement Program for 136 projects across the country, including 33 in Alberta. More than a third of the Alberta projects are for grade crossing closures (13 in Calgary and one at Mile 104.12 of the Maple Creek Subdivision). Fifteen others will see improvements such as adding flashing lights […] Read more

Nearly half of all railway-related deaths and injuries result from accidents at crossings.

Upgrades slated for a host of crossings

Seventeen rail crossings will see upgrades in the coming year in locations across the province

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government is spending $3.3 million to improve rail safety at 18 locations in Alberta. The funds will be used on three types of projects: Install flashing lights, bells, and gates at crossings. Install advanced train detection and crossing control system. build fencing and other barriers to discourage trespassing on railway properties. Almost half […] Read more


CP lays off 500 workers, cites softening demand

CNS Canada — Select maintenance workers at Canadian Pacific Railway will be laid off effective Thursday as the railway’s revenue is expected to plummet in the second quarter. Lower volumes are one reason given for declining profits, though grain movement this crop year is ahead of average. Earlier this month, 500 CP maintenance workers were […] Read more